LANSING, Mich. - Two-time Trans-Am champion Scott Pruett will join the Rocketsports Racing stable for the 2003 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup announced team owner Paul Gentilozzi. Pruett, who claimed his Trans-Am titles in 1987 and 1994, will pilot a Jaguar XKR and will campaign the entire season.
Pruett's last full season of Trans-Am competition was in 1994 but he returned to the Series in a Rocketsports Jaguar for the 2001 Laguna Seca event. His most recent road racing appearances include victories at the 2002 Rolex 24 of Daytona - GTS class and the 2001 24 Hours of LeMans - LMGTS class. Pruett, who ran his rookie season in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series in 2000, drove for Ganassi Racing in the 2002 Winston Cup race at Watkins Glen, running as high as third and finishing sixth.
"We've worked together for many years and I respect him more than any other driver I've raced with," said Gentilozzi, a three-time Trans-Am champion himself. "He has tremendous desire and focus and will get the job done on the track and with the sponsors. He'll be a great addition to our Series."
"As I look back on my racing career, it's come full circle," explained Pruett, who won the 1986 Riverside race in his first career Trans- Am start after starting last. "Road racing is where it all started. It's an exciting time to rejoin Paul and his team as well as the Trans-Am Series."
Pruett is clear about his intentions for the 2003 season. "I want to win races and the championship," said Pruett, who scored 14 wins, 30 top- three and 32 top-five finishes, and 20 pole positions in his previous Trans- Am drives. "Winning is everything.
"I'm really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the Jaguar XKR again," continued Pruett, who co-drove with Gentilozzi, Brian Simo, and Michael Lauer to the 2002 Rolex 24 GTS win at Daytona in an XKR. "It's a privilege to renew my relationship with Jaguar. We've enjoyed a lot of success together, first in the early 90's with the XJR12 and more recently in the XKR. Jaguar's heritage and success in road racing is legendary."
Pruett's talents and accomplishments are numerous and varied. In addition to his Trans-Am, GTS, and Winston Cup experience, he has two IMSA GTO championships (1986, 1988) and the Professional Karting Association World Title (1981). During his tenure in the CART Champ Car World Series, Pruett scored two wins, had 10 podium appearances, collected 59 top-ten finishes, was named the "Most Improved Driver" twice (1989, 1991), and was "Co-Rookie of the Year" at the 1989 Indy 500.