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BFGoodrich Tires Named Trans-Am Championship Tire Supplier

1 October 1997



DETROIT, Mich. (September 30)--BFGoodrich Tires today announced its return
to competition in professional road racing and was named the sole tire
supplier of the Trans-Am Championship, North America's longest-running road
racing series.. 

"BFGoodrich Tires is truly excited about its return to professional road
racing and its partnership with the Trans-Am series," said Herb Johnson,
Manager of Motorsports Operations, BFGoodrich Tires."We're excited about
the Trans-Am Championship series, in part because of the positive changes
that have  taken place in the sanctioning, management and marketing of

"Perhaps the most significant indicator is the corporate partnerships that
have formed around the series," continued Johnson. " In short, Trans-Am is
reborn, and we expect it to grow into the preeminent form of road racing in
North America."

"BFGoodrich Tires has been at the forefront of radial tire technology since
radials were introduced in the country, and it has a rich tradition in
racing," said Les Richter, Chairman of the Trans-Am Council.  "When
BFGoodrich Tires takes on a new challenge, it does it right.  The Trans-Am
Championship is very fortunate to have such a dynamic corporate partner  in
its fold."
"BFGoodrich Tires is a technological leader and its Trans-Am radials will
offer a superb combination of performance and durability.  The cars will be
faster without sacrificing durability," noted Richter. "BFGoodrich Tire's
Trans-Am spec tire will be a state-of-the-art 17-inch radial slick."

BFGoodrich Tires, recognized as a pioneer in the U.S. performance tire
market,  made its racing debut in 1970, fitting radial street tires to SCCA
Production cars.  It wasn't long before BFGoodrich Tires entered the SCCA
Trans-Am series and then the prestigious international endurance arena,
tackling Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Daytona.

In the heyday of IMSA's GTP prototype competition,  BFGoodrich Tires
fielded a pair of entries and enjoyed a great deal of success, including
the Daytona-winning entry in 1989 (driven by Bob Wollek, Derek Bell and
John Andretti).   In 1991, BFGoodrich turned its attention to the Camel
Lights division, where it won two consecutive Manufacturers' and Drivers'
Championships with the Comptech Racing Acura NSX-powered Spice machine,
piloted by Parker Johnstone.   BFGoodrich Tires also won the IMSA GTO crown
in 1992, with Irv Hoerr driving Paul Gentilozzi's Rocketsports Racing
Oldsmobile to the crown.  

BFGoodrich Tires has also proven that its radial tires can survive the
pounding and punishment of desert and off-road racing, winning both the
Baja 500 and Baja 1000 in 1977, after only one year of competition. 
BFGoodrich Tires remains dominant in the off-road arena to this day,
claiming 10 of 17 Championships in the SODA's short course off road series
in early September. With one race remaining in the 1997 SCORE off road
racing schedule, BFGoodrich Tires also leads 14 of 16 classes. In addition
to its new Trans-Am program, BFGoodrich Tires will continue its support of
its off road and the SCORE desert programs.

All Trans-Am Championship cars will sport the new BFGoodrich Tires radials
beginning with the 1998 season.

John Clagett, SCCA Pro Racing,  (303)-694-7223; 
Martin Peters, BFGoodrich Tires, (864)-458-6957