WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- The road from Mosport to Lime Rock passes through New York, and the Rocketsports Trans-Am team took advantage of the opportunity Tuesday to test for the August 12 SCCA Trans-Am Challenge race at Watkins Glen International.

Price Cobb, winner of the 1995 season opener at Phoenix, and Paul Gentilozzi, who started round two at Mosport from the pole position, were on hand at WGI to test their Highway Master Camaros on the partially-repaved 2.45-mile circuit.

Both drivers were near Scott Pruett's year-old record of 123.694 mph. Cobb was unofficially clocked at 123.012 mph, with Gentilozzi at 122.33 mph.

"This was the first time I could really get used to the speed of this car, and it was getting really comfortable," Cobb said. "This is the fastest track we run." Cobb's last race at the Glen was the 1991 New York 500, when he finished fourth in a Mazda RX-7. Last year he was on hand to back up Irv Hoerr's Brix Oldsmobile, but Hoerr drove solo to victory.

"Trans-Am racing is real close," Cobb said of the series. "Actually, that's why I wanted to do it."

'Everything went fine," said Gentilozzi, "except we had a problem getting my car up to speed. The new paving is really nice. It's smoother, and will be a lot faster. The series is real interesting. There's a little more parity this year. We've got at least six guys there to race, and no one's running away with it."

Gentilozzi started sixth at the Glen last year, and worked up to a fourth place finish behind Ron Fellows, Dorsey Schroeder and Tom Kendall.

The Trans-Am Challenge joins the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and Busch North Series in the August 10-12 Bud at the Glen weekend. For ticket information, call (607) 535-2481.

J.J. O'Malley, Director of Communications, Watkins Glen International