Rocketsports Sweeps -- Gentilozzi First, Drissi Second & Kendall Third
TROIS RIVIÈRES, Quebec (August 1, 2004) -- Three-time Motorock Trans-Am Series Champion, Paul Gentilozzi, captured his fourth win and the fifth for Jaguar in 2004. Tomy Drissi drove his No. 5 TAXI -- The Movie Jaguar XKR to second, his third runner-up finish. The four-time champion Tommy Kendall recovered from an early off and drove the No. 11 Jaguar R Performance XKR from last to third.
Taking the lead on lap two of the 35th Le Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres, Gentilozzi never looked back. Showing his ability to be flexible and adapt to circumstance and why he is a three-time champion. "I originally planned on running hard then stop for tires," recalled Gentilozzi. "I really didn't think we could run the whole race aggressively. After Tommy (Kendall) locked up the brakes I had to change my plan. I was able to set the pace and drive hard only when I needed." Gentilozzi moved to just one win from tying the legendary Mark Donahue's all-time win record with 28 career wins.
Rocketsports teammate, Tomy Drissi, never faltered as he chased Gentilozzi from the green flag. Showing his patience and not wearing out his car. After being challenged by series legend Ron Fellows and Tommy Kendall, Drissi never relinquished second place. "Normally I would find myself worrying about who is behind me," said Drissi. "But with everything I'm learning from Paul (Gentilozzi) this year I am racing the race track and it's making me a better driver. I think this was one of my best races mentally."
Kendall drove hard and showed the teams confidence in the engines and their whole program. The production based engine allowed Kendall to turn the fastest lap of the race in 1.05.361. "We had a car that was capable of winning and we had a little brake problem very early," said Kendall. "The car was tremendous and it was a lot of fun coming through the field. It was fun to push the car and myself to see what we could do. Tomy (Drissi) ran a beautiful race and never made a mistake so I couldn't get by him once I caught up to him."
This is the third time Rocketsports Racing has swept the top-three finish positions in Trans-Am competition. Rocketsports last swept the podium in 1991 at Infineon Raceway as Darrin Brassfield placed first, Irve Hoerr second and Gentilozzi third.