Long Beach: Gentilozzi, Ruhlman - qualifying times disallowed

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Paul Gentilozzi's qualifying time was disallowed after his No. 3 Jaguar R Performance XKR failed post-qualifying technical inspection Saturday during the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich® Tires Cup event at the Toyota...

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Paul Gentilozzi's qualifying time was disallowed after his No. 3 Jaguar R Performance XKR failed post-qualifying technical inspection Saturday during the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich® Tires Cup event at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Gentilozzi will therefore start last in Sunday's race.

Gentilozzi qualified third in the field, but was found to have a front-nose height non compliant with Trans-Am technical specification 2.10 Ground Clearance, which calls for a minimum ground clearance of 2.5 inches.

As a result of the penalty, Michael Lewis (No. 12 Trans-Am Tools by ProQuest Jaguar XKR) was elevated to third, and received one championship point for qualifying in the top three.

Also, the time turned in by Randy Ruhlman (No. 49 Preformed Line Products/COYOTE Closures Chevrolet Corvette) was disallowed due to an unapproved engine change. Ruhlman will start just ahead of Gentilozzi on the grid.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Paul Gentilozzi , Randy Ruhlman , Michael Lewis