Detroit qualifying report

DETROIT, Mich. - Paul Gentilozzi, of Lansing, Mich., posted the top qualifying time to front a 37-car BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series field in Saturday's Johnson Controls 100, part of the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit. Gentilozzi,...

DETROIT, Mich. - Paul Gentilozzi, of Lansing, Mich., posted the top qualifying time to front a 37-car BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series field in Saturday's Johnson Controls 100, part of the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit.

Gentilozzi, driving the No. 1 Johnson Controls/HomeLink Jaguar XKR, posted a top time of 1:33.964 (90.455 mph), followed by Brian Simo, in the No. 88 Tomy Bahama Qvale Mangusta, at 1:34.064 (90.359 mph).

"This is the second leg of the Johnson Controls Triple Challenge, and the President of Johnson Controls will be here for the race," said Gentilozzi. "He told me 'you will win,' but that's no extra pressure. None of the laps in qualifying were really fast laps. The track is still very green, and in the nine minutes we were out there we never got to the maximum of the performance envelope."

Johnny Miller, in the No. 64 Automationdirect.com/UPS Chevrolet Corvette, was third fastest, followed by Willy T. Ribbs, in the No. 16 Trenton Forging Chevrolet Camaro. Randy Ruhlman, in the No. 49 Preformed Line Products Oldsmobile Aurora, qualified fifth, making five different marques represented in the Fast Five.

"Detroit has been a great city for me in my career, both in the Trans-Am and in Indy cars," said Ribbs, who qualified in his first Fast Five since 1988 (Ribbs last raced in a Detroit Trans-Am Series event in 1992). "It's great to be back. It really shows the strength of the series when you've got five different models in the Fast Five."

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Brian Simo , Paul Gentilozzi , Johnny Miller , Randy Ruhlman , Willy T. Ribbs