CHAMPCAR/CART: Rocketsports enjoys 2004 partner

Aprilia: The Official Bike of Rocketsports While the quartet of Rocketsports Racing drivers may prefer four wheels when it comes to on track competition, the racers immediately look for their Aprilia two wheelers as soon as they climb out of...

Aprilia: The Official Bike of Rocketsports

While the quartet of Rocketsports Racing drivers may prefer four wheels when it comes to on track competition, the racers immediately look for their Aprilia two wheelers as soon as they climb out of the cockpit.

With four busy drivers needing to find their way around the paddock after the Rocketsports Racing team expanded at the start of the 2004 season, Aprilia USA brought its championship heritage in World Superbike and MotoGP racing to the Champ Car team in the form of stylish and sporty scooters for use throughout the season.

Tommy Kendall, Paul Gentilozzi, Alex Tagliani and Nelson Philippe on their Aprilia Scooter.
Photo by LAT Photographic.
Europe's second-largest two-wheel vehicle manufacturer, Aprilia is the only brand to offer a full range of products from the 50cc scooters loaned to Rocketsports Racing to the RSV 1000 Factory, the hottest sport bike on the market. Aprilia is an industry leader in technology, design, and production techniques, skills honed in years of racing success, including 22 World Championships.

The retro version Mojito Scooters run by Trans-Am Champions Paul Gentilozzi and Tommy Kendall have a classic Italian flair with full fenders and a wide body that give the scooters a unique, low profile. With a 50cc air-cooled two-stroke to optimize power to weight, the scooters ensure that both Gentilozzi and Kendall always cruise the pits in style.

"Lots of character and classy," said Gentilozzi about his new Mojito. "It's perfect for getting me where I need to be. I get stopped frequently as I move through the paddock, so I need the breaking to be spot-on and good pick-up for those times I need to jet."

When they're not racing their Jaguars in the Motorock Trans-Am series, Gentilozzi and Kendall cover a lot of ground over a weekend. As series partner and team owner, Gentilozzi fulfills a double-duty at every race and his Aprilia gets him from the paddock to anywhere he needs to be during a busy race weekend.

With duties as a Champ Car broadcast analyst demanding he get from the Trans-Am paddock to the broadcast booth, Kendall feels his Aprilia is a necessity during a busy weekend.

"I love my Aprilia scooter! With my feet being in the state they're in, anytime I can ride rather than walk is a God-send for me," said Kendall. "The scooter is not just a luxury, but a necessity at the track."

Kendall suffered serious injuries to his feet in a heavy crash more than a decade ago. His Aprilia helps him get around pain-free and also ensures he can meet his fans in the paddock, something made possible with the reliable ride.

"I've been an Aprilia fan for more than 20 years and when they came on board as a Rocketsports partner I became a customer too," he said. "From motorcycle racing to auto racing it's a nice melding of two worlds."

Alex and Bronte Tagliani on Aprilia Scooter.
Photo by LAT Photographic.
Champ Car drivers Alex Tagliani and Nelson Philippe ride SR 50 DiTech Scooters, which reflect the racing heritage of the Aprilia brand. Inspired by MotoGP and World Superbike racing designs, the SR 50s feature fuel- injected, water-cooled motors that offer awesome performance while delivering more than 120 enjoyable miles per gallon.

Tagilani and wife Bronte, who hosts Spike TV's Dangerous Curves, are often seen touring the paddock together on his Aprilia SR 50.

"Having my Aprilia scooter handy has already helped me get around the paddock quickly," said Tagliani. "It's attractive and easy to maneuver through crowds of race fans."

Racing-inspired wheels and brakes make stopping as efficient as possible - critical in the crowed pits at a race!

"It's super, easy to drive and sporty. A very cool way to get around," said Philippe.

For more information about Aprilia visit www.apriliausa.com

-rsr-

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Series IndyCar , Trans-Am
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Paul Gentilozzi , Nelson Philippe , Tommy Kendall