Detroit Johnson Controls Triple Challenge Continues

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—As the BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series enters Round Eight with the Johnson Controls 100, August 7, Saturday’s feature race during the Tenneco Automotive Detroit Grand Prix, defending Detroit race-winner Paul...

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—As the BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series enters Round Eight with the Johnson Controls 100, August 7, Saturday’s feature race during the Tenneco Automotive Detroit Grand Prix, defending Detroit race-winner Paul Gentilozzi will be eyeing a potential $50,000 bonus should he win the three races that comprise the Johnson Controls Triple Challenge. After scoring a victory at the Johnson Controls 100 at Long Beach, the first race of the Johnson Controls Triple Challenge, Gentilozzi, of Lansing, Mich., is the only driver eligible for a jackpot that will be his, should he win at both Detroit, Round Two, and at the West Michigan Grand Prix in Grand Rapids, Mich., Round Three of the Triple Challenge. If Gentilozzi doesn’t win all three races, a $5,000 bonus will go to the driver who scores the most Triple Challenge Drivers’ Championship points. Winning at the Detroit Johnson Controls 100, however, could prove to be a difficult challenge for Gentilozzi, who has experienced a feast-or-famine season at the wheel of his No. 1 Johnson Controls/HomeLink Ford Mustang Cobra. In seven races, Gentilozzi has scored four wins and one third-place finish, yet he has also had two uncharacteristic mechanical DNFs. "We know how to win at Detroit, but it will take a real focus,” said Gentilozzi. “We'll approach this race like we do every race—come with a well-prepared car, and drive smart. The Detroit Johnson Controls 100 is especially important for us, our sponsor and the series. We’ll be racing in the backyard of both our sponsor, Johnson Controls, and the manufacturers. It’s also a great opportunity to be the only driver eligible to win the $50,000 Triple Challenge bonus, and we intend to capitalize on it.” Gentilozzi will have some assistance at both remaining Johnson Controls Triple Challenge races in the form of teammate Craig T. Nelson. Nelson, who made his BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series debut at the 1999 Long beach contest, drives the No. 5 Johnson Controls/HomeLink Chevrolet Corvette.

Source: SCCA/SCCA Pro Racing/USRRC

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Paul Gentilozzi