Trans-Am Veterans Top AARWBA All-America Team
INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 17, 2004) - Trans-Am Series veterans Paul Gentilozzi, Tommy Kendall, Ron Fellows and Scott Pruett were named to the First and Second Teams of the 2004 American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association's All-America Team. They were part of the Road Racing category. The four drivers, with more than 98 victories in 46 combined years of Trans-Am competition, are among 37 drivers honored on the All-America Team. The tally was determined in a vote by more than 300 members of the motorsports press.
Virtually tied in for Second Team All-America voting are Gentilozzi and Kendall, who also finished in a dead heat in final 2004 Trans-Am points, a feat not achieved in 38 previous years of competition. Gentilozzi, who won a record-tying fourth Trans-Am title by virtue of his five 2004 wins, finished just one vote ahead of Kendall. Gentilozzi's record season was highlighted by his tying the record career win total of 29 victories held by the late Trans-Am legend Mark Donohue.
Kendall won two races in his return to full-time competition after a six-year hiatus. Kendall, driving a Rocketsports Racing Jaguar XKR, helped develop Jaguar's new production-based, overhead-cam, fuel-injected AJ-V8 engine in 2004. His and Gentilozzi's finish in the title chase was the closest in Trans-Am history.
Fellows was named to the First Team of the Road Racing category after becoming the first three-time ALMS champion. Fellows also competed in three Trans-Am Series races in 2004, finishing third at Toronto and Laguna Seca, and scoring a sixth-place finish at Trois-Rivi^Ïres. This is Fellows' seventh appearance on the All-America Team.
Joining Fellows is 2003 Trans-Am champion, and three-time Trans-Am titleholder Scott Pruett. Along with co-driver Max Papis, who was also named to the team, Pruett won the title in Grand-Am's Daytona Prototype class. This marked Pruett's eighth All-America Team nod.
The Trans-Am Series features closed-fendered, production-based, V-8-powered sports cars, competing on permanent road courses, and temporary street and airport circuits throughout North America. The Trans-Am Series is America's oldest continuously running road racing series and celebrates its 40th year of competition in 2005.