Saturday, October 26, 2002 - Medical Update
Paul Gentilozzi, driver of the No. 3 Johnson Controls Jaguar XKR, did not participate in yesterday's afternoon practice session after having some discomfort in his rib and shoulder area as the result of a single car incident in the turn 16/17 complex during Thursday's test day at VIR.
MEDICAL UPDATE: Gentilozzi visited an area medical facility for examination and treatment following the practice session. According to Dr. Ron Krome, Medical Director for the Trans-Am Series, Gentilozzi sustained a broken seventh rib on his right side. He was treated and released and will be re-examined by Dr. Krome on Saturday.
Tentative team plans call for Gentilozzi to sit out today's practice and qualifying sessions. Gentilozzi intends to take the green flag in Sunday's Trans-Am race to qualify for points and then park the No.3 Johnson Controls Jaguar XKR. No decision has yet been made if a relief driver will then take the wheel for the remainder of the race.
Said Gentilozzi, "After competing in the Trans-Am Series on a full-time basis since 1994, you don't like to end the season this way. It's not appropriate. But on Sunday, I'll suck it up, get in the car, and do it. I want to try to protect our position in the point standings. I owe that to my team and sponsors."