Miami: Gentilozzi test notes

Three-time Trans-Am champion Paul Gentilozzi tested the new Jaguar AJ-V8 four-valve, fuel-injected engine in the No. 3 Motorock Jaguar debuted Thursday by Scott Pruett at the Putnam Park track during the Jaguar "Born to Perform" media day in ...

Three-time Trans-Am champion Paul Gentilozzi tested the new Jaguar AJ-V8 four-valve, fuel-injected engine in the No. 3 Motorock Jaguar debuted Thursday by Scott Pruett at the Putnam Park track during the Jaguar "Born to Perform" media day in conjunction with this weekend's F-1 race in Indianapolis.

The plan was to take advantage of an opportunity, not normally available, to test the engine in a true street-course environment. Because championships and point standings are at stake, Gentilozzi had not planned to drive in either the qualifying session or the race.

Gentilozzi drove the No. 3 Motorock Jaguar XKR out during the 15-minute warm-up session this morning. He was ninth quickest with a time of 55:166.

Gentilozzi on the new AJ-V8 four-value engine... "It was exciting. The engine was phenomenal, but the car hasn't been run in a couple of years; it's been a show car. I didn't want to get over exuberant in traffic, so I never really got a clean lap. Entering the corner, it's more nimble and it's better underbraking. It's great off the corner, too. The acceleration is so smooth and the throttle response is incredible.

"It was exciting. This (Miami) was probably the place where we would expect it to perform the least because it's such a tight circuit. Our mission was to use this session as a test in a true street course environment. It met and exceeded our initial expectations."

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Scott Pruett , Paul Gentilozzi