POSITIVE MOMENTUM FOR JaguarRSR AS TEAM HEADS TO MID-OHIO EAST LANSING, Michigan (August 5, 2010) - JaguarRSR is coming off its first top-ten finish in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÃ³n Series and heads to Mid-Ohio Sports...
POSITIVE MOMENTUM FOR JaguarRSR AS TEAM HEADS TO MID-OHIO
EAST LANSING, Michigan (August 5, 2010) - JaguarRSR is coming off its first top-ten finish in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón Series and heads to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for Round 6 with confidence they can keep moving up the field in the competitive GT class.
Mid-Ohio is one of the classic North American road courses which can be very challenging for the new competitor as well a seasoned veteran. It is a technical course requiring precise car placement at the end of every straight and at every apex. The #75 JaguarRSR XKR GT ran exceptionally strong at Lime Rock Park two weeks ago, and looks to build from that momentum. The team has taken advantage of two promoter test days ahead of this weekend's event and feel like that have a good direction to start the race weekend.
"We made some changes in between here and Lime Rock," said John Gentilozzi, JaguarRSR Technical Director. "We had a chance to test them on Monday and validate those modifications, and tried some more things on Tuesday with an opportunity to run before the rain really came down. We are satisfied with the time spent on track and obtained valuable information that will help us prepare for the race on Saturday."
Paul Gentilozzi returns to the cockpit to pilot the #75 GT Jaguar racer with Marc Goossens this weekend. Gentilozzi has quite an impressive resume at Mid-Ohio. He has made 13 starts, earned five poles, finished on the podium eight times with three victories. Those three wins were flag-to-flag victories, and back-to-back-to-back (1998, 1999, 2001) in Trans-Am competition with three different marques, Jaguar being the most recent. The last time he raced at the Lexington, Ohio track was in 2002, where he finished second in the Trans-Am Jaguar XKR. Gentilozzi has made four starts this season in the Jaguar GT (Sebring, Long Beach, Le Mans).
This is the second time Goossens will race at this venue. He previously competed in a Grand Am Daytona Prototype. This will be his first run at Mid-Ohio in a sports car, but he has made five starts this season in the XKR GT, and looks forward to getting up to speed as quickly as possible. Goossens kept his GT driving skills sharp over the short break, as he competed in the 24 Hours of Spa in his native country Belgium just this past weekend.
WHAT THE DRIVERS HAVE TO SAY
Marc Goossens, co-Driver of the #75 JaguarRSR XKR GT
"As everyone noticed at Lime Rock two weeks ago, the car runs much better now and I can't wait to make the JaguarRSR XKR GT a better handling car. We can now start searching for a competitive balance and a much better grip level. We will continue to work hard and go through some valuable test miles with the expectation of having a solid race this weekend.
I really like the track at Mid-Ohio having raced here once before in a prototype. I think it is a pretty technical track driving wise, and it is a great place to showcase talent. I look forward to experiencing it in the XKR sports car racer."
Paul Gentilozzi, co-Driver of the #75 JaguarRSR XKR GT
"It is a real pleasure to take a first hand role in making our Jaguar XKR faster and more reliable. Standing on the timing stand plays an important part in our progression, but I had not realized how much I needed to contribute to our progress by being in the car.
It is especially important at a track like Mid-Ohio, a place where I have enjoyed great pole qualifying and important wins. It is the right place to be in the car."
LAP AROUND MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE by Paul Gentilozzi
There are tracks you go to race at and there are tracks you love to race at. Mid-Ohio is the first road course I learned to drive on and has always been my favorite. The late Jim Trueman taught me the track and I have carried his words for more than two decades.
There is a rhythm to this track that most new road courses do not have. The laps fly by because the track always has your focus, you know what is over the rise but you have to stay focused to make lap times. Knowing where to pass and where lap times can be reduced are great assets in setting up the race car here.
The ability to transition from left to right plays a major role here, fifty percent of the track is a series of "S" turns that are interconnected, one mistake and the resulting 1/2 mile stretch is ruined. The exit from these important corner series each lead to a reasonable straight so exit speed is vital.
Describing a lap around Mid-Ohio never makes sense to me, you have to do it and feel it in person. It is easier to describe the Matterhorn at Disney than the joy of driving at Mid Ohio.