Detroit Paul Gentilozzi picks up pole

Detroit -- Paul Gentilozzi, who suffered signifcant damage this morning in a practice session crash, picked up his third consecutive pole of the season to claim the Motorcity True Performance Pole Award in Fast Five Qualifying this afternoon....

Detroit -- Paul Gentilozzi, who suffered signifcant damage this morning in a practice session crash, picked up his third consecutive pole of the season to claim the Motorcity True Performance Pole Award in Fast Five Qualifying this afternoon. Tommy Archer (#36 Motorcity True Performance Dodge Viper) qualified second and will be on the outside of row one at the start of tomorrow’s Motor City 100 presented by Johnson Controls.

Gentilozzi (#3 Johnson Controls HomeLink Jaguar XKR) will look for his second consecutive victory on the Belle Isle course. The winner of the most recent Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup race at Mosport International Raceway, will look for his third career win in Detroit.

“I have to say the only reason I’m here is because of the crew,” said Gentilozzi. “You can’t imagine the physical stress for the crew when they see the car come back on a truck and it won’t roll. They just never hesitated. I love this track and have a good comfort factor here. Quite honestly, that a lot of why we’re here on the pole.”

Archer, making his second appearance in a row in the Fast Five, is on the front row for the first time this season. “I was here in 1992 with the Dodge and got on the front row. It feels good to be back up front with the Viper,” said Archer. “The crew has worked so hard to give me a good car. It’s not quite right yet, but we’re all working hard together.”

Brian Simo (#88 Tommy Bahama Qvale Mangusta) will start third on the grid. He will be followed by Randy Ruhlman (#49 Preformed Line Products Chevrolet Corvette) and Tomy Drissi (#15 TDM Motorsports Jaguar XKR). Ruhlman was in the midst of a hot lap late in the session but hit the wall. The car suffered moderate damage and should be repaired by the morning.

Jaguar announced prior to the Fast Five press conference that it will post a contingency sponsorship for the Trans-Am Series during the 2001 season. The pole winners from all 11 Trans-Am Series races will each be given a key that potentially start a new 2002 Jaguar X-Type sport sedan. All five drivers of Jaguar-bodied cars will automatically be eligible to win the X-Type, and, as a further reward, anyone winning a pole position in an XKR will receive a check for $2,500.

Round four of the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup, the Motor City 100 presented by Johnson Controls, will begin at 4:00 tomorrow afternoon. The race, to be broadcast by CBS Sports at 5:00, will be the Trans-Am Series’ network television debut.

Detroit, Michigan -- The provisional qualifying positions for Saturday's 60-lap, 141.66 mile Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup Round Number 4, at Belle Isle, with starting position, driver, hometown and fast lap with speed.

<pre> 1. Paul Gentilozzi, Lansing, Mich., 1:33.367, 91.034. 2. Tommy Archer, Duluth, Minn., 1:33.982, 90.439. 3. Brian Simo, Carlsbad, Calif., 1:34.043, 90.380. 4. Randy Ruhlman, Greensboro, N.C., 1:34.178, 90.250. 5. Tomy Drissi, Hollywood, Calif., 1:34.379, 90.058. 6. Boris Said III, Carlsbad, Calif., 1:34.499, 89.944. 7. Leighton Reese, Minnetonka, Mn., 1:34.602, 89.846. 8. Michael Lewis, San Diego, Calif., 1:34.700, 89.753. 9. Johnny Miller, Johnson City, Tenn., 1:34.735, 89.720. 10. Steve Pelke, Lansing, Ill., 1:35.826, 88.698. 11. G.J. Mennen, Austin, Tx., 1:36.285, 88.275. 12. Lou Gigliotti, Dallas, Tex., 1:36.458, 88.117. 13. Kerry Alexander, Indianapolis, Ind., 1:36.855, 87.756. 14. Don Sak, Bloomfield, Mich., 1:37.195, 87.449. 15. Paul D. Fix, Buffalo, N.Y., 1:37.639, 87.051. 16. Kevin Allen, Orlando, Fla., 1:37.700, 86.997. 17. Stu Hayner, Yorba Linda, Calif., 1:37.753, 86.950. 18. Mike Davis, Huntington Beach, Calif., 1:37.868, 86.848. 19. Jim Matthews, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1:38.226, 86.531. 20. Justin Bell, London, Eng, 1:38.269, 86.493. 21. Simon Gregg, Jacksonville, Fla., 1:38.328, 86.441. 22. Craig Shafer, Somerset, Pa., 1:38.349, 86.423. 23. Bob Ruman, Munroe Falls, Oh., 1:38.730, 86.089. 24. Claudio Burtin, Atlanta, Ga., 1:38.976, 85.875. 25. John Baucom, Charlotte, N.C., 1:40.231, 84.800. 26. Dan Miller, Vancouver, Wash., 1:40.501, 84.572. 27. Richard La Barbera, Hillsborough, N.J., 1:45.071, 80.894. 28. Joe Freda, Auburb, Al., 1:49.563, 77.577.

</pre> JAGUAR ANNOUNCES TRANS-AM SERIES SPONSORSHIP

DETROIT, June 15, 2001 – Jaguar today announced that it will provide a contingency sponsorship for the Trans-Am Series. In conjunction with the Panoz/Sanchez Group, the announcement was made at the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit. This is the first time Jaguar has taken a sponsorship role in the series in which its XKR sports cars compete.

"Jaguar has a rich racing history and a tradition of supporting both factory and private teams," said Scott McKee, Event Marketing Manager, Jaguar North America. "With our strong historical links to Trans-Am we are particularly pleased to be able to recognize the teams and drivers running Jaguar-bodied cars this year. Our contingency program is also about supporting the Trans-Am series as a whole and all those who take part."

The company's support of the series will focus on the qualifying session, rewarding each weekend's fastest qualifier. The pole winners from all 11 Trans-Am events will each be given a key that will potentially start a new 2002 Jaguar X-TYPE sport sedan. The owner of the "lucky key" (as determined during an awards ceremony following qualifying at the Trans-Am season finale in Houston, Texas) will win the X-TYPE. All six drivers of Jaguar-bodied cars will automatically be eligible to win the X-TYPE, and, as a further reward, anyone winning a pole position in an XKR will receive a check for $2,500.

"We're thrilled to have Jaguar join the Trans-Am Series as a sponsor," said John Claggett, executive director of the series. "Jaguar has had a wonderful history in Trans-Am, with Bob Tullius winning the championship in 1977 and 1978 driving a Jaguar XJ-S. With six Jaguar XKR race cars in the series this year, this sponsorship gives a little back to those who have been waving the company's corporate banner."

The Trans-Am Series is the premier form of professional closed-roof performance coupe and sedan road racing in North America. At 36 years old, it is also the longest running road racing series in North America. The Series runs many of its races in conjunction with the CART FedEx Series, including this weekend's Detroit Grand Prix.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Boris Said , Brian Simo , Tommy Archer , Justin Bell , Tomy Drissi , Paul Gentilozzi , Leighton Reese , Kerry Alexander , Johnny Miller , Dan Miller , Randy Ruhlman , Steve Pelke , Don Sak , Lou Gigliotti , Bob Ruman , Michael Lewis , Simon Gregg , Claudio Burtin , Jim Matthews , Craig Shafer , John Baucom , G.J. Mennen , Kevin Allen , Stu Hayner , Mike Davis , Bob Tullius , Scott McKee