Washington DC: Paul Gentilozzi preview

Gentilozzi looks to return to his winning ways in Trans-Am debut in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. - While the spirit of freedom resounds throughout our nation's capital, three-time Trans-Am champion Paul Gentilozzi looks to bring the spirit...

Gentilozzi looks to return to his winning ways in Trans-Am debut in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. - While the spirit of freedom resounds throughout our nation's capital, three-time Trans-Am champion Paul Gentilozzi looks to bring the spirit of competition to the city in the Capital Trans-Am 100 when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup debuts during the Cadillac Grand Prix of Washington, D.C. weekend July 19-20. Gentilozzi, driver of the No.3 Johnson Controls Jaguar XKR, won the season-opener on the temporary race course in Long Beach, a trend he plans to continue at the temporary circuit at RFK Stadium.

Gentilozzi, who currently ranks second in the championship points standings, is impressed by the circuit design. "I like it," he said. "It's very efficiently done. The spectators will actually be able to see quite a bit of the track, which is important, and often not the case in road racing.

"The course will be a lot harder than it looks," explained Gentilozzi, who ranks first in all-time Trans-Am top-three (57), top-five (90), and top-ten (119) finishes, "Fast Five" qualifying starts (108), race starts (178), and prize money winnings. "The corners won't be as slow as they appear. Since it's a parking lot environment, the pavement will likely tear-up to some degree and it will definitely be bumpy. It reminds me a lot of the old Dallas downtown and Fair Park circuits.

"Durability will be a big issue here," continued Gentilozzi, who has 24 Trans-Am victories. "This track will be tough on the driveline and brakes. The race will be won as much by the crew preparing the car as it will by the driver behind the wheel."

Gentilozzi already has a plan in place for how he'll learn the new circuit. "I always start with the hardest corner or the most challenging section first. That's where you want to try to make your car work best," revealed Gentilozzi. "We've got four good straightaways here with threshold braking from relatively high speeds. It's critical how you handle the corner because it will directly impact your ultimate straightaway speed.

"There's a lot to think about and prepare for on a course like this. Surviving 100 miles on this circuit will be extremely interesting," concluded Gentilozzi.

The Capital Trans-Am 100 will air live on CBS on Saturday, July 20th at 2:30 pm Eastern.

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