Saturday, August 17, 2002 - post-race:

Paul Gentilozzi, driver of the no. 3 Johnson Controls Jaguar XKR, finished second after qualifying third in the Johnson Controls 100 Trans-Am race...third second place finish this season.

note 1 - Road America stats... in 2001, started on the pole and finished third in the rain-shortened event...won back-to-back trans-am races in 1999 and 2000...scored back-to-back wins in 1992 and 1993 in IMSA GTS Series.

NOTE 2 - 2002 Stats...Third in the points standings...Won the season-opener at Long Beach...Has two additional top-two finishes at Mid-Ohio and Washington, D.C.

NOTE 3 - Career Stats...Three-time Trans-Am champion (2001, 1999, 1998)...In 2001, scored four wins and six poles...Ranks first in all-time Trans-Am top-three (59), top-five (92), and top-ten (122) finishes, laps led (1,435), lead lap finishes (120), "Fast Five" qualifying starts (109), single season earnings, and total series winnings...Has 24 Trans-Am wins.

On his overall race today... "We hung in there. Being up front, Boris had the advantage of not having to really work his car. I had to use more car up than I wanted to and I used up the brakes pretty good today. I had a couple of `tank slappers' out there which wasn't very pretty. We were pretty loose in some spots. It was like a sprint car in the Kink - the corner workers were scared, I had them running.

"We didn't have a good start. I don't know if Kenny missed a shift or what, but all of a sudden there were cars everywhere. I had to back out of it and Lewis got by. Then we just rode along a while because he was holding us up and we had to work to get by him.

"On the last restart, I knew if I didn't get him in Turn 1, it likely wasn't to be. We only had three laps to go and it took four or five laps for my car to really come in. Boris is a cagey veteran and he wasn't going to get snookered on a restart.

"With Johnson Controls sponsoring the race, I really felt obligated to win and I feel sad that we didn't get the job done. I had to use my car up and Boris got away. We were playing catch-up, just came up a little short today, and just didn't get the job done.

On the battle for the championship... "The championship battle is far from over. I found that out in 2000 going into the last race with a 17 point lead, but then lost the championship because of a two-dollar part broke.

"Unless Boris has a 34-point lead in the last race, it's not over. There's lots of exciting racing left. We've just got to keep digging and put the pressure on. It's crunch time.

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