Road America: Paul Gentilozzi preview

Elkhart Lake, WI - Three-time Trans-Am champion Paul Gentilozzi is looking to score his third Trans-Am win in four years when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup heads to Road America for the Johnson Controls 100 during the Grand Prix...

Elkhart Lake, WI - Three-time Trans-Am champion Paul Gentilozzi is looking to score his third Trans-Am win in four years when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup heads to Road America for the Johnson Controls 100 during the Grand Prix of Road America weekend August 16-17. Gentilozzi, driver of the No.3 Johnson Controls Jaguar XKR, scored back-to-back victories in 1999 and 2000. Last year, he started from the pole but finished third when the race was called early due to torrential rains.

Gentilozzi, who currently ranks third in the championship points standings, has a great appreciation for Road America. "Road America is a world-class track and facility and has been considered the jewel of road racing in North America," said Gentilozzi, who has 24 Trans-Am victories to his credit. "The Europeans talk about how much it resembles their sports car tracks over there.

"This course is very deceiving because it seems like an easy circuit to drive, but in reality, it's incredibly difficult to drive fast," continued Gentilozzi, who ranks first in all-time Trans-Am top-three (58), top-five (92), and top-ten (121) finishes, "Fast Five" qualifying starts (109), race starts (180), fastest race laps (34), and lead lap finishes (119).

"We've enjoyed a good deal of success at Road America," said Gentilozzi, who collected two consecutive IMSA GTS victories in 1992 and 1993 in addition to his Trans-Am wins. "The key to that success has been horsepower. That, and you need to have a really good car and be willing to be brave."

Gentilozzi's uncharacteristic third place in the points standings changes his strategy, he says. "We always go in with the intent to win every race," Gentilozzi revealed, "but this is the start of the remainder of the season. We've absolutely got to hit our stride now and come out of Road America with momentum. We know how to get the job done here; now we just need to do it.

"The support from our marketing partner Johnson Controls this weekend and the wonderfully knowledgeable fans here just adds extra motivation for us to win," concluded Gentilozzi.

The Johnson Controls 100 will air on a one-day tape basis on the SPEED Channel on Sunday, August 18th at 12 Noon Eastern.

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Series Trans-Am
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