Denver: Paul Gentilozzi preview

Gentilozzi looks to close points gap in the championship battle at Denver Trans-Am race. Denver, CO - Three-time Trans-Am champion Paul Gentilozzi will continue his championship pursuit when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup...

Gentilozzi looks to close points gap in the championship battle at Denver Trans-Am race.

Denver, CO - Three-time Trans-Am champion Paul Gentilozzi will continue his championship pursuit when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup returns to the streets of Denver during the Shell Grand Prix of Denver weekend August 30 - September 1. Gentilozzi, driver of the No.3 Johnson Controls Jaguar XKR, has finished second in two of the last three races. His second place points in the Johnson Controls 100 at Road America moved him back into second in the championship points standings and well within striking distance of his fourth title.

"The championship battle is far from over," said Gentilozzi, who has 24 Trans-Am victories to his credit. "I had a commanding points lead going in to the last race in 2000, but then lost the title when a two-dollar part broke. We've just got to keep digging and put the pressure on. It's crunch time.

"We're going to take this championship battle to new heights," quipped Gentilozzi, who ranks first in all-time Trans-Am top-three (59), top-five (92), and top-ten (122) finishes, "Fast Five" qualifying starts (109), race starts (181), fastest race laps (34), and lead lap finishes (120). "Seriously, the altitude will definitely impact both the driver and the car. It'll be hard on the driver, much more difficult than usual. There's not much you can really do to prepare. It just takes time at altitude to adjust.

"From the car perspective, the power and cooling capabilities will be down," explained Gentilozzi. "Good teams will be prepared to adjust to the unique challenges we'll find here."

But Gentilozzi liked what he saw as he assessed a map of the new Denver track design. "It certainly has the potential to be a great track," said Gentilozzi who competed in the two previous Trans-Am races in Denver in 1990 and 1991. "It reminds me quite a bit of both Long Beach and Washington, D.C., races that we won and finished second at this season, respectively.

"Braking and acceleration will be critical here," revealed Gentilozzi. "There also looks to be some good passing zones. All the elements are here to put on a great show for the fans.

"We really hit our stride at Road America and came away with the necessary momentum to be productive heading into the final few races," concluded Gentilozzi, "starting right here in Denver."

The Denver Trans-Am race will air on a one-week tape delayed basis on the SPEED Channel on Sunday, September 8th at 2:00 PM Eastern.

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