Washington DC: Series pre-race notes

Capital Trans-Am 100. Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, Washington, D.C. RACE NUMBER: 6 of 12 in the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup. TRANS-AM SERIES FOR THE BFGOODRICH TIRES CUP SCHEDULE (All times EDT): FRIDAY, JULY 19 Trans-Am Series...

Capital Trans-Am 100.
Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, Washington, D.C. RACE NUMBER:
6 of 12 in the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup.

TRANS-AM SERIES FOR THE BFGOODRICH TIRES CUP SCHEDULE (All times EDT):

FRIDAY, JULY 19
Trans-Am Series practice, 11-11:30 a.m.
Trans-Am Series qualifying, 2:05-2:50 p.m.
Trans-Am Series practice, 6:35-7:05 p.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 20
Capital Trans-Am 100, 2:30 p.m.

BROADCAST:
CBS Sports, Saturday, July 20, 2:30 p.m. ET (live).

NOTEWORTHY

* Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup championship leader Boris Said (#33 Applied Computer Solutions Panoz Esperante) drove to his third victory of the 2002 Trans-Am Series season last Saturday at Cleveland, continuing his standing as the only driver to win multiple Trans-Am events this season. Said's victories have come at Mosport and Lime Rock in addition to Cleveland. His 2002 victory total equals his career total in 46 starts covering six full or partial Trans-Am Series seasons prior to this year. Said's first career Trans-Am victory came at Road America in 1995. He also recorded wins at Las Vegas in 2000 and Sebring last year.

* Rookie Butch Leitzinger (#88 Tommy Bahama/Tom Gloy Chevrolet Corvette) brings a streak of three consecutive podium finishes to this weekend's Capital Trans-Am 100, and his moved into third place in the championship as a result of that success. After finishing outside the top 10 in each of his first two starts this year, Leitzinger began his run with a third-place finish at Lime Rock. He followed that with his first career victory from the pole at Mid-Ohio before extending the streak with a runner-up performance to Boris Said at Cleveland last weekend. Leitzinger leads the Trans-Am Series with three pole positions -- at Mosport, Mid-Ohio and Cleveland -- and holds a 117-36 lead over Bobby Sak in the race for the AmeriSuites Rookie of the Year Award.

* Johnny Miller (#64 Automation Direct/Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR) finished sixth at Cleveland last Saturday to extend a streak of 17 consecutive top-10 finishes, the longest active streak in the Trans-Am Series. The run dates to Miller's first career victory at San Diego in the 2000 season finale. Miller, whose 117 points tie him with Butch Leitzinger for third place in the Trans-Am Series championship, has finished sixth or better in all five of his starts in 2002, highlighted by podium results of second at Mosport and third at Long Beach.

* Boris Said's victory at Cleveland allowed Panoz to gain some breathing room in a close, three-way battle for the 2002 Trans-Am Manufacturers Championship. Panoz collected 15 points for Said's victory, giving it 69 for the season and a 10-point lead over Jaguar, which stands second at 59. Right on Jaguar's heels is Chevrolet, which improved to 57 points on the strength of Butch Leitzinger's runner-up result in Cleveland. Jaguar is the defending Trans-Am Series Manufacturer's Champion.

* The command to start engines for the inaugural Capital Trans-Am 100 will be given by Petty Officer Lee O'Connor of the United States Navy. Petty Officer O'Connor is an active duty membe r of the Navy with eight years of service, and was named Sailo r of the Year for the Washington Naval District. He is the Lead Firing Platoon Petty Officer for the Navy Ceremonial Guard.

NEXT EVENT: Sunday, August 4, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada.

-scca pro racing-

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , Boris Said , Johnny Miller , Tom Gloy