Denver: Greg Pickett qualifying notes

PICKETT QUALIFIED SIXTH FOR THE CYTOMAX SPORT DRINK 1OO TRANS-AM RACE DENVER (Aug. 12, 2005) -- Greg Pickett, driver of the ...

PICKETT QUALIFIED SIXTH FOR THE CYTOMAX SPORT DRINK 1OO TRANS-AM RACE

DENVER (Aug. 12, 2005) -- Greg Pickett, driver of the #6 Cytomax/Muscle Milk Jaguar XKR, qualified sixth for tomorrow's Cytomax Sport Drink 100 Trans-Am race, part of the CENTRIX Financial Grand Prix of Denver. Had Pickett, who made history with his Edmonton win as the only Trans-Am driver to win a race in each of four decades, qualified one position higher, he would have started on the pole with the Trans-Am Series Fast Five0x00ae inverted start.

Pickett, who finished second in San Jose behind race winner and Trans-Am titlist Boris Said, has two previous Denver starts. In 2004, the 1978 Drivers' Champion qualified ninth and finished fourth.

"To be perfectly honest, I wasn't shooting for a fifth-place qualifying start today," explained Pickett, who stands third in points despite missing the Cleveland race due to a previous commitment. "Although we've done that before, it wasn't our strategy today. We had a shortened qualifying session and frankly, it's not my style to do that 'hurry up' three-or-four lap qualifying effort.

"The car slips and slides around until the tires warm up, and I don't throw the car around like some of the other guys do," continued Pickett. "I need to be more precise than that and have the car settle in. It's not an excuse, it just my style of driving."

Pickett is not concerned about his sixth starting spot on the grid. "The Trans-Am races this year have been relatively unpredictable, in addition to the fact that brakes, temperature, and probably even the weather, given the chance of rain, will likely impact the outcome," said Pickett, who will run the new 5.1-liter, 310 c.i. Hasselgren electronic fuel-injected pushrod Ford V-8 he debuted at San Jose.

"There are also lots of passing opportunities," said Pickett. "Beside the classic braking zones, there are three good straights. We've got three or four good areas to pass which always make for better racing.

"I congratulate Paul (Gentilozzi) on his pole; he's proven once again he's a great qualifier. It's almost as impressive as his record 30 wins," concluded Pickett.

Pickett's participation this weekend extends beyond his driving responsibilities. Cytomax Sport Drink, a brand of ChampBev, Inc. which is owned by Pickett, is the title sponsor of the Trans-Am race. "I love this sport; it's given me so much and now I want to give something back," explained Pickett. "I've enjoyed our corporate participation; who knows, we might grow it in the future."

Cytomax Sport Drink is the world's most scientifically advanced complex carbohydrate, electrolyte performance sport drink. It ensures proper hydration, steady energy and reduced fatigue during exercise for both the professional and casual athlete. Previously available only in a powder format at specialized retail locations, Cytosport Ready to Drink formula was launched nationwide in May, 2005 and can be purchased at many retail outlets including King Soopers, 7-Eleven, and Albertson's.

The Cytomax Sport Drink 100 race is scheduled for Saturday, Aug.13, and begins at 4:30 p.m. MDT.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Boris Said , Greg Pickett