Wind Tunnel test brings parity to series

LANSING, Mich. -- A new hood panel and nose has been approved for Ford Mustangs competing in the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich® Tires Cup. The new aerodynamic pieces were approved after an extensive wind-tunnel test at the Driveability Test...

LANSING, Mich. -- A new hood panel and nose has been approved for Ford Mustangs competing in the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich® Tires Cup. The new aerodynamic pieces were approved after an extensive wind-tunnel test at the Driveability Test Facility in Allen Park, Mich.

The test was part of joint effort being undertaken by the Trans-Am Series technical staff, ACS Express Racing of Huntington Beach, Calif., Rocketsports Racing of Lansing, Mich., Ford Motor Co., and Livonia, Mich.-based Soenen Motorsports.

The most recent test followed one undertaken earlier this year, which also tested the Jaguar XKR and Chevrolet Corvette.

Trans-Am Series Technical Director David King was pleased with the results.

"The test went very smoothly," said King. "We were able to accomplish our goal--to bring the Mustang up in total downforce--and we're pretty pleased with the numbers. The goal was to bring parity among the different marques, and we think that goal has been met.

"We were able to get a lot of cooperation to test the Mustang," added King. "Since ACS Express is a West Coast team, we wanted to accommodate those folks and found a way to complete the test without them bringing their staff and their car all the way back here a second time. So, we used a Soenen Motorsports Mustang. The personnel at Rocketsports Racing made the necessary changes to the nose prior to it being fitted to the car for testing."

The Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich® Tires Cup features closed-fendered, production-based, V-8-powered sports cars. The Trans-Am Series is America's oldest continuously running sports car racing series and celebrates its 38th anniversary in 2003.

The next Trans-Am Series race is scheduled for April 13, during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend. The race will air on a same-day, tape-delayed basis on SPEED Channel at 9 p.m. ET.

-scca pro racing/transam-

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