Long Beach: Rocketsports Racing preview

ROCKETSPORTS KICKS OFF 2005 WITH THE CYTOMAX CHALLENGE LANSING, Mich. (April 7, 2005) Five-time Trans-Am series champions, Rocketsports Racing heads for southern California to take the Cytomax Challenge during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long ...

ROCKETSPORTS KICKS OFF 2005 WITH THE CYTOMAX CHALLENGE

LANSING, Mich. (April 7, 2005) Five-time Trans-Am series champions, Rocketsports Racing heads for southern California to take the Cytomax Challenge during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach April 10th following the Bridgestone Present the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season kick-off. The twin Jaguar R Performance XKR's take to the streets powered by the Rocketsports developed, production based, four-valve AJ-V8 engine. 2004 series Champion, Paul Gentilozzi goes for his sixth Long Beach victory while new-comer, Klaus Graf looks to add his name to the short list of winners in their debut event.

Piloting the No. 7 Jaguar R Performance XKR, Graf will be the first German national to compete in the Trans-Am in 17 years when the green flag waives. The German championship driver is no stranger to racing on American soil. In 2004, Graf qualified his BAM Racing entry eighth for his first NASCAR Nextel Cup start at Infineon Raceway in Northern California. Prior to that, he competed for three seasons in the American Le Mans Series.

Graf looks forward to the hitting the streets of Long Beach. "Long Beach is like Monte Carlo in Europe with the flair and the atmosphere," said Graf. "I enjoy running on street courses, so I hope I can settle in quickly and my goal is to finish the race and of course to win. But it's not going to be easy with the tough competition inside our own team with Paul and Tomy and of course Boris Said. I'll give it my best shot

With a victory in Long Beach, Gentilozzi will break the tie with the late Mark Donohue for the most wins. A feat the four-time champion is humbled by but quickly denies similarities. "Donohue was a great race driver," declared Gentilozzi in Denver 2004 after tying the record. "He won more races in less starts than anybody else. To win 29 times in 55 races is an amazing record. I've won 29 in 196 so you really can't compare."

A one hour highlight show of the Cytomax Challenge from the streets of Long Beach can be seen on SPEED TV, Sunday April 17th at 1:30 Eastern Time.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Boris Said , Klaus Graf , Paul Gentilozzi , Mark Donohue