San Jose: Greg Pickett preview

GREG PICKETT LOOKS TO SCORE BACK-TO-BACK WINS IN CYTOMAX SPORT DRINK 1OO TRANS-AM RACE IN SAN JOSE SAN JOSE, Calif. (July 26, 2005) -- Road racing veteran Greg Pickett can once again make history during the Cytomax Sport Drink 100...

GREG PICKETT LOOKS TO SCORE BACK-TO-BACK WINS IN CYTOMAX SPORT DRINK 1OO TRANS-AM RACE IN SAN JOSE

SAN JOSE, Calif. (July 26, 2005) -- Road racing veteran Greg Pickett can once again make history during the Cytomax Sport Drink 100 Trans-Am Series race July 29-30, part of the Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose weekend. Pickett, the 1978 Driver's Champion, made history with his win in Edmonton, making him the only Trans-Am driver in history to have won a race in each of four decades of competition. Driving the No. 6 Cytomax/Muscle Milk Jaguar XKR, the affable Californian would like to score his second consecutive win and etch his name in the Trans-Am records by winning the San Jose race.

Interestingly, standing second on the podium would rank him first in all-time second-place finishes, breaking a three-way tie with former Trans-Am champions Paul Gentilozzi and George Follmer.

"It's extremely difficult to post back-to-back victories," said Pickett who has three podium finishes in four starts this season; "even more so when it involves a completely new circuit. But experience is very important when it comes to racing on at new venue. We have a vast data bank from all of our years of racing. It'll be a big benefit for us to be able to draw on all that.

"This course actually looks like it a horsepower track. Our new engine package should prove to be another advantage for us here as well," explained Pickett, referencing the new 5.1-liter, 310 c.i. Hasselgren electronic fuel-injected pushrod Ford V-8 that he will debut in his Jaguar this weekend.

Nothing would please Pickett more than to win the inaugural Cytomax Sport Drink 100 race in San Jose. "I remember watching the likes of Mark Donohue and Parnelli Jones racing at Sears Point (now Infineon Raceway) and saying 'that's what I'm going to do," explained Pickett, who has recorded multiple Trans-Am wins at both Laguna Seca and Infineon Raceway. "Now, all these years later, we've got this fabulous new street circuit here and we're racing for a great cause with the Canary Fund. I've got my friends, family, and customers here cheering for me. It would be my privilege to win the first Trans-Am race here."

Pickett, who made his Trans-Am debut in 1975 at Road America with a fifth-place finish, has amassed an impressive resume in Trans-Am competition. His career statistics include 16 wins, 19 poles, 51 top-three, 83 top-five, and 120 top-ten finishes and 15 fastest race laps in 170 starts.

In addition this weekend's race, Cytomax Sport Drink, a brand of ChampBev, Inc., is also the title sponsor of two other Trans-Am races, including the Series season opener in Long Beach and the upcoming Cytomax Sport Drink 100 during the CENTRIX Financial Grand Prix of Denver next month. Pickett also plans to donate his race winnings this weekend to the Canary Fund.

The Cytomax Sport Drink 100 race is scheduled for Saturday, July 30, and begins at 4 p.m. PDT. The race will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on August 7 at 1 p.m. EDT on SPEED Channel.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Paul Gentilozzi , George Follmer , Parnelli Jones , Greg Pickett