Montreal: Greg Pickett preview

GREG PICKETT LOOKS FOR HIS SIXTH CONSECUTIVE PODIUM FINISH AS THE TRANS-AM SERIES TITLE HUNT HEADS TO MONTREAL MONTREAL, Quebec (Aug. 24, 2005) -- Last weekend, Greg Pickett, driver of the No. 6 Cytomax/Muscle Milk Jaguar XKR, thought his...

GREG PICKETT LOOKS FOR HIS SIXTH CONSECUTIVE PODIUM FINISH AS THE TRANS-AM SERIES TITLE HUNT HEADS TO MONTREAL

MONTREAL, Quebec (Aug. 24, 2005) -- Last weekend, Greg Pickett, driver of the No. 6 Cytomax/Muscle Milk Jaguar XKR, thought his 2005 Trans-Am Series racing season had come to a close as he stood third on the podium at the famed Road America circuit. But 48 hours later, the 1978 Drivers' Champion and his crew decided to compete in the 2005 season finale at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, scheduled for Aug. 26-27, during the Molson Indy Montreal weekend.

Pickett, whose win in Edmonton makes him the only driver in Trans-Am history to have won a race in each of four decades of competition, ranks third in the championship hunt, just 21 points out of the top spot, despite having missed the Cleveland race due to a previous commitment. In seven starts, the 30-year Trans-Am veteran has collected three second-place finishes and a pair of thirds in addition to his history-making win, finishing off the podium just once with fourth-place points in Portland.

"The plan was to finish our season at Road America," explained Pickett, whose second-place finish at San Jose and third place in Road America now ranks him atop the all-time career stats for most second- and third-place finishes (19). "But we actually made a significant mistake in our set-up at Road America which we didn't fully realize at the time, and it substantially impacted our ability to be really competitive in the race. We hadn't competed at the level at which we were accustomed.

"I've got an all-volunteer crew that comes to the races," continued Pickett, who will again race his new 5.1-liter, 310 c.i. Hasselgren electronic fuel-injected pushrod Ford V-8 which debuted at San Jose. "We thought about it a little and I asked them if they wanted to go to a new track, put together the best piece we could, race straightforward, head-to-head, and see if we couldn't give Mr. (Klaus) Graf and Mr. (Randy) Ruhlman a good battle right down to the last lap.

"My guys wanted me to do it and that's why we're here. It's as simple as that," concluded Pickett, who has previously raced at other area circuits including Trois-Rivières and Circuit Mont Tremblant.

"We've had a great season with lots of good, hard racing. I'm delighted to have helped Jaguar win its fifth Manufacturers' title, with our win and strong, consistent finishes. Now, it's time to have some fun. The Montreal race fans will be treated to a great Trans-Am show," concluded Pickett.

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Round 9 of the 2005 Trans-Am Championship at the Molson Indy Montreal, the Series season finale, will air on a tape-delayed basis on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 1 p.m. EDT on SPEED Channel.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Gilles Villeneuve , Greg Pickett