Washington DC: BFGoodrich round six preview

BFGoodrichâ Tires At A Glance-- Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrichâ Tires Cup Round 6: Cadillac Grand Prix of Washington DC, July 20, 2002 RFK Stadium, Washington DC Expect the Unexpected-- When the Trans-Am cars take to the temporary circuit...

BFGoodrichâ Tires At A Glance-- Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrichâ Tires Cup
Round 6: Cadillac Grand Prix of Washington DC, July 20, 2002
RFK Stadium, Washington DC

Expect the Unexpected-- When the Trans-Am cars take to the temporary circuit at RFK Stadium in Washington DC this weekend for Round six of the 2002 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrichâ Tires Cup, there will be a lot of unknowns. This will be the first time appearance of Trans-Am racing at the temporary circuit in Washington DC. At any new event, there are lots of unknowns. Since BFGoodrichâ Tires hasn't had the benefit of running at this temporary circuit and there is no data, the tire engineers will have to work extra hard to deliver the right tire strategies and information to the Trans-Am Teams. It begins with research.

"Because it's our first time, we don't have the benefit of data collected over one, two or ten years of racing at the venue. This makes it hard to predict tire wear and grip levels," says Gary Blalock, tire engineer for BFGoodrichâ Tires."When I arrive at a new circuit, I'll typically walk the entire circuit prior to the event and get a feel for it."

Blalock will looks at the micro and macro texture of the surface, noting the concrete locations (if any) and general course layout."Bumps in braking and acceleration zones are noteworthy, as these tend to upset the race vehicles, resulting in the risk of flat-spotting when the cars decelerate into the corners or generating excessive wheel spin upon exit of the corner," Blalock said.

Blalock also will look for other aspects of the track that can cause excessive wear on the BFGoodrichâ g-Force T/Aâ radials." I'll look at the radius of the turns and how wide the corner is on entrance and exit as well as whether it is increasing or decreasing in radius. That's important as this typically determines the speed and what gear will be used on exit. How many slow corners per lap and the surface texture will largely determine what my technical recommendation will be on a new temporary circuit like DC. Of course temperature is always a factor, but in the middle of July it will very likely be warm, but I will look at the forecast to determine how warm it will be and if there is the risk of rain.

U.S. Navy"Sailor of the Year" hosted by BFGoodrichâ Tires-- The nation's capital will play host to the 2002 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrichâ Tires Cup this weekend, and the series spec tire will play host to one of Washington's own, Petty Officer Lee O'Connor, who is the Naval District, Washington, Sailor of the Year. Petty Officer O'Connor has been serving on active duty with the U.S. Navy for eight years and currently acts as the firing platoon lead petty officer for the Navy Ceremonial Guard. On Saturday, his words will fire up the 690-horsepower engines of the Trans-Am Cars when his ceremonial duties become that of official race starter, uttering the words,"Gentleman, start your engines."

Drivers take the Battle for BFGoodrich® Tires Cup to Washington DC-- After five rounds of the 2002 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrichâ Tires Cup, Boris Said leads the series with 152 points followed by defending BFGoodrichâ Tires Cup champion Paul Gentilozzi with 125 points. Johnny Miller and Butch Leitzinger are tied for third with 117 points. Not far behind is Tony Ave with 92 points. Really battling it out for points are Randy Ruhlman, Michael Lewis and Stu Hayner, all tied with 90 points toward the BFGoodrichâ Tires Cup.

CBS Sports to Televise Trans-Am - This weekend's Trans-Am Series race for the BFGoodrichâ Tires Cup at RFK Stadium, part of the Cadillac Grand Prix of Washington DC will be televised live on CBS Sports at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 20. This weekend's coverage of the 2002 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrichâ Tires cup will wrap up three consecutive televised races by CBS. CBS televised the Cleveland race last weekend and the Mid-Ohio race in late June.

BFGoodrich® Tires Contingency Award-- BFGoodrich® Tires has established a contingency award for the top 10 finishers in each race this season. The top five finishers will receive two tires and the finishers from sixth through tenth will receive one tire.

BFGoodrich® Tires"Take Control" Award-- BFGoodrich® Tires will sponsor the BFGoodrich® Tires"Take Control" Award, an award that will be given to the driver who leads the most laps in each Trans-Am race. In the event of a tie, the driver with the highest finishing position will receive the award. For their efforts, the driver will receive a free set of BFGoodrichâ g-Force T/Aâ radials.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , Boris Said , Tony Ave , Paul Gentilozzi , Randy Ruhlman , Michael Lewis , Stu Hayner