Mid Ohio Race Story and Results

GENTILOZZI TAKES MID-OHIO TRANS-AM LEXINGTON, Ohio (June 6, 1999) - Paul Gentilozzi, of Lansing, Mich., scored his 12th career victory with a 1.099-second margin over Brian Simo, of Carlsbad, Calif., in the 45-lap, 101.25-mile ...

GENTILOZZI TAKES MID-OHIO TRANS-AM

LEXINGTON, Ohio (June 6, 1999) - Paul Gentilozzi, of Lansing, Mich., scored his 12th career victory with a 1.099-second margin over Brian Simo, of Carlsbad, Calif., in the 45-lap, 101.25-mile BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Gentilozzi, driving the No. 1 Johnson Controls/HomeLink Ford Mustang Cobra, started on the pole and led every lap en route to his second straight win on the 2.25-mile, 13-turn circuit. Chris Neville, in the No. 84 The Coffee Critic Mustang Cobra, was third, followed by rookie G.J. Mennen, in the No. 4 i.d.m. Research Mustang Cobra, and Dorsey Schroeder, in the No. 47 The Coffee Critic Mustang Cobra. "I was on a three race hiatus from being fast until today, and I'm glad to be back," said Gentilozzi. "I drove a very hard race, but the yellows helped. Brian tried to run my legs off so I really had to go hard, but after qualifying I knew we had the car to win." From the start of the 1:16:18.717 race Gentilozzi had control of the 30-car field, twice holding off charges by Simo, in the No. 2 Valvoline Mustang Cobra, as the field was bunched for by two separate incidents that resulted in no injuries. "I really had no opportunity for a pass - I just couldn't get a run on Paul," said Simo. "He had a very strong car today - I tried to keep the pressure on him, but he simply didn't make any mistakes. Paul was better than me in a few places and I think that I was better than him in a few. But I couldn't quite get up to him." Behind Gentilozzi and Simo, Mennen made a daring pass for third with three laps remaining, getting by Neville as the duo worked through traffic at turn six. On the final lap Neville regained his podium position with a turn one pass, holding Mennen off to the checkered flag. "Mennen was getting on the straightaways better than I was, and late in the race he got a better run on me and got by as we worked traffic," said Neville. "I waited until the last lap and got a good run on him and passed going into turn one. My crew has worked too hard on my car all week to finish fourth - I had to get back on the podium and I did everything I could to get back by Mennen."

LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Results from Sunday's 45-lap, 101.25-mile BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with finishing position, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, car, laps and reason out.

1. (1), Paul Gentilozzi, Lansing, Mich., Ford Mustang Cobra, 45. 2. (2), Brian Simo, Carlsbad, Calif., Ford Mustang Cobra, 45. 3. (3), Chris Neville, Scottsdale, Ariz., Ford Mustang Cobra, 45. 4. (6), G.J. Mennen, Austin, Texas, Ford Mustang Cobra, 45. 5. (7), Dorsey Schroeder, Osage Beach, Mo., Ford Mustang Cobra, 45. 6. (5), Michael Lewis, San Diego, Calif., Ford Mustang Cobra, 45. 7. (11), Bill Gray, Springdale, Ark., Chevrolet Camaro, 45. 8. (29), Leighton Reese, Minnetonka, Minn., Chevrolet Corvette, 45. 9. (17), Bob Ruman, Munroe Falls, Ohio, Chevrolet Camaro, 45. 10. (16), Steve Pelke, Lansing, Ill., Chevrolet Camaro, 45. 11. (15), Simon Gregg, Jacksonville, Fla., Chevrolet Camaro, 44. 12. (8), Lou Gigliotti, Garland, Texas, Chevrolet Corvette, 44. 13. (10), Johnny W. Miller IV, Johnson City, Tenn., Chevrolet Camaro, 44. 14. (20), Claudio Burtin, Atlanta, Ga., Ford Mustang Cobra, 44. 15. (12), Tomy Drissi, Hollywood, Calif., Ford Mustang Cobra, 44. 16. (22), Craig Shafer, Somerset, Pa., Chevrolet Camaro, 44. 17. (30), Mike Davis, Huntington Beach, Calif., Ford Mustang Cobra, 44. 18. (26), Jerry Simmons, Ancaster, Ontario, Can., Chevrolet Camero, 44. 19. (28), James Briody, Cherry Hill, N.J., Chevrolet Camaro, 44. 20. (4), Randy Ruhlman, Greensboro, N.C., Ford Mustang Cobra, 43. 21. (25), Frank Cioppettini, Far Hills, N.J., Chevrolet Camaro, 40, Mech. 22. (18), Tom Coleman, Asheville, N.C., Chevrolet Camaro, 36, Heat. 23. (23), Mike Gagliardo, Chicago, Ill., Chevrolet Corvette, 34, Mech. 24. (19), Kerry Alexander, Indianapolis, Ind., Chevrolet Camaro, 34, Mech. 25. (27), Dan Furey, Columbus, Ohio, Chevrolet Corvette, 24, Mech. 26. (24), Dick Greer, Columbus, Ohio, Chevrolet Corvette, 16, Mech. 27. (21), Rick Dittman, Prairie View, Ill., Chevrolet Camaro, 15, Spin. 28. (13), Don Meluzio, York, Pa., Chevrolet Camaro, 7, Crash. 29. (14), Don Sak, West Bloomfield, Mich., Ford Mustang Cobra, 7, Crash. 30. (9), Max Lagod, Barrington, Ill., Chevrolet Camaro, 3, Mech.

Time of race: 1 hour, 16 minutes, 18.717 seconds. Average speed: 79.607 miles-per-hour Margin of victory: 1.099 seconds Lap leader: laps 1-45, No. 1 Gentilozzi Fastest race lap: G.J. Mennen, 1:25.018 (95.273 mph), lap 43 Cautions: two for nine laps

BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series Drivers' and Manufacturers' Championship Point Standings - Four Race Total Pos., driver, car, points, purse 1, Brian Simo, Ford Mustang Cobra, 101, $54,300 2, Paul Gentilozzi, Ford Mustang Cobra, 97, $52,000 3, Michael Lewis, Ford Mustang Cobra, 92, $32,700 4, Chris Neville, Ford Mustang Cobra, 83, $36,400 5, Johnny W. Miller IV, Chevrolet Camaro, 82, $28,800 6, Randy Ruhlman, Ford Mustang Cobra, 71, $22,100 7, Dorsey Schroeder, Ford Mustang Cobra, 69, $22,500 8, Simon Gregg, Chevrolet Camaro, 63, $14,200 9, Steve Pelke, Chevrolet Camaro, 60, $10,000 10, Leighton Reese, Pontiac Grand Prix, 53, $15,800 11, Bob Ruman, Chevrolet Camaro, 51, $11,800 12, G.J. Mennen, Ford Mustang Cobra, 49, $12,700 13, Tomy Drissi, Ford Mustang Cobra, 49, $9,000 14, Max Lagod, Chevrolet Camaro, 43, $14,900 15, Tom Coleman, Chevrolet Camaro, 43, $7,400 16, Lou Gigliotti, Chevrolet Corvette, 41, $10,300 17, Frank Cioppettini, Chevrolet Camaro, 35, $8,100 18, James Briody, Chevrolet Camaro, 34, $5,900 19, Craig Shafer, Chevrolet Camaro, 27, $4,600 20, C. David Seuss, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 24, $5,100 21, Claudio Burtin, Ford Mustang Cobra, 23, $3,600 22, Peter Shea, Ford Mustang Cobra, 19, $4,900 23, Don Meluzio, Chevrolet Camaro, 18, $4,200 24, Jerry Simmons, Chevrolet Camero, 16, $3,600 25, Mike Davis, Ford Mustang Cobra, 16, $2,800 26, Bruce Barkelew, Ford Mustang Cobra, 14, $2,900 27, Don Sak, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 13, $4,800 28, Henry Gaudens, Chevrolet Corvette, 12, $1,900 29, Glenn Andrew, Pontiac Grand Prix, 11, $1,700 30, Frank Sanchez, Chevrolet, 8, $1,400 31, Ted Sullivan, Chevrolet Camaro, 7, $1,300 32, Rael, Chevrolet Camaro, 7, $1,300 33, Stu Hayner, Chevrolet Camaro, 6, $2,100 34, Craig T. Nelson, Chevrolet Corvette, 5, $1,100 35, Brad Smith, Ford Mustang Cobra, 4, $1,100 36, Kenny Bupp, Chevrolet Camaro, 4, $1,100 37, Charlie Webster, Chevrolet Camaro, 3, $1,100 38, Mike Gagliardo, Chevrolet Corvette, 3, $1,100 39, Kerry Alexander, Chevrolet Camaro, 2, $1,000 40, Dan Furey, Chevrolet Corvette, 1, $1,000 41, Paul Alderman, Mustang Cobra Cobra, 0, $900 42, Dick Greer, Chevrolet Corvette, 0, $900 43, Rick Dittman, Chevrolet Camaro, 0, $800 44, Bob McGrew, Chevrolet Camaro, 0, $700 45, Tim Skiba, Chevrolet Camaro, 0, $0 Total Purse, $425,900

Manufacturers' Championship Point Standings Pos., Manufacturer, Points 1, Ford, 36 2, Chevrolet, 15 3, Pontiac, 2 4, Oldsmobile, 0

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