BFGoodrich Tires Joins Forces with Racing Icon for X Games Rally Competition

    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- BFGoodrich Tires is combining its
 winning technology with the skill of highly decorated road racing star and
 NASCAR driver Boris Said for X Games 13. Said will be partnered with co-
 driver and rally racing legend John Buffum in a BFGoodrich Tires-backed
 Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally car prepared by Vermont sports car for the
 Rally Racing Super Special on Aug. 5, 2007.
     Said earned his X Games bid via an "at large" invitation due to his
 numerous racing accomplishments, which include winning the 1997 and 1998 24
 Hours of Daytona and the 1991 12 Hours of Sebring. During his first full
 season of competition in 2002, Said won the fiercely fought SCCA Trans-Am
 Championship and in 2005, he became the first American to win the
 prestigious 24 Hours of Nurburgring in Germany. Beyond international sports
 car racing, Said has also performed well in various NASCAR disciplines
 having competed in -- and captured the pole -- in all three NASCAR racing
 series: Craftsman Truck, Busch Grand National and Nextel Cup.
     Said commented on his relationship with BFGoodrich: "The biggest thing
 about BFGoodrich is that I would not be racing if they had not have
 supported me early on in my career. I won three straight SSGT Championships
 for them in 1989, 1990 and 1991. Then in 2002, I won the Trans-Am
 Championship with BFGoodrich tires. If not for all the people at BFGoodrich
 helping me throughout my career, I would not be racing right now. In fact,
 I may have raced more miles on BFGoodrich tires than anyone."
     Said's co-driver, John Buffum, is the most successful U.S. rally driver
 in the history of the sport, with more than 100 rally victories and 11 SCCA
 ProRally Championship titles. In 1983, driving a BFGoodrich(R) tire-shod
 Audi, Buffum became the first and only American to win a European
 Championship event, the 1983 Sachs Rally in Germany and the 1984 European
 Rally Championship event in Cyprus. Buffum is currently working for Subaru
 Rally Team USA as an advisor, mentoring returning X Games Rally gold
 medalist Travis Pastrana along with his Subaru Rally Team USA teammate and
 last year's X Games Rally bronze medalist Ken Block.
     BFGoodrich Tires will again be the tire of choice for both Pastrana and
 Block who will be contending in Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally cars at this
 year's event. BFGoodrich Tires will also be featured on former World Rally
 Champion Colin McRae's Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally car. McRae earned the X
 Games Rally silver medal last year, narrowly missing the gold after
 spectacularly rolling his car on the last jump in the competition.
     "BFGoodrich Tires has a strong tradition in extreme motorsports
 competition and has earned championships from the deserts of Baja and Dakar
 to the asphalt of Japan and the U.S.," said Todd Steen, Motorsports
 Marketing Manager for BFGoodrich Tires. "We are very proud of our teams and
 their level of success and we are excited to support them at this year's X
 Games."
     The first five races of the 2007 Rally America season served as
 qualifying events for the popular X Games 13 action-sport competition. The
 X Games Rally Car Racing Super Special will take place at The Home Depot
 Center in Carson, Calif. on Sunday, Aug. 5 at 1:30 p.m. PDT. The X Games
 Rally Car Racing Super Special will be aired live on ABC on Sunday. Please
 check local listings for repeat airdates and times.
                        BFGoodrich Tires Teams include:
 
     Driver           Co-Driver       Vehicle              Tires
     Travis           Christian       Subaru Impreza
      Pastrana         Edstrom         WRX STI             BFGoodrich Rally
     Ken Block        Alex            Subaru Impreza
                       Gelsomino       WRX STI             BFGoodrich Rally
     Colin McRae      Carolyn         Subaru Impreza
                       Bosley          WRX STI             BFGoodrich Rally
     Boris Said       John Buffum     Subaru Impreza
                                       WRX STI             BFGoodrich Rally
     Ramana           Mark            Subaru Impreza
      Lagemann         Williams        WRX STI             BFGoodrich Rally
 
 
                             X Games Rally Schedule
 
     Event           Date / Time                             Location
     Rally Practice  Thursday, August 2 / 12 - 2 p.m.    Home Depot Center
     Rally Practice  Friday, August 3 / 1 -4 p.m.        Home Depot Center
     Super Special   Sunday, August 5 / 1:30 - 3 p.m.    Home Depot Center
     Using motorsports as a proving ground for more than 30 years,
 BFGoodrich Tires is involved in every type of racing, including oval,
 sports car, drifting, drag, desert, dirt, rally (Dakar and WRC) and extreme
 rock-crawling. BFGoodrich Tires combines technological expertise with vast
 motorsports experience, delivering a high-performance tire for every type
 of vehicle. Visit BFGoodrich Tires online at
 http://www.bfgoodrichtires.com.
 
 

SOURCE BFGoodrich Tires

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