Elkhart Lake, Wisc. - Two-time Trans-Am Series champion Paul Gentilozzi is looking for his third consecutive win at Road America when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup returns to the famed circuit for the Johnson Controls 100 on ...
Elkhart Lake, Wisc. - Two-time Trans-Am Series champion Paul Gentilozzi is looking for his third consecutive win at Road America when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup returns to the famed circuit for the Johnson Controls 100 on August 17-18. Gentilozzi, driver of the No.3 Johnson Controls/HomeLink Jaguar XKR, won both the 1999 and 2000 Trans-Am races. He also posted back-to-back IMSA GTS wins here in 1992 and 1993.
Gentilozzi's dominance in the series has given him in the lead in the Drivers' Championship point standings where he maintains a 20-point advantage over his teammate Johnny Miller. Gentilozzi has three wins and three second place finishes in seven starts thus far. Even though Gentilozzi has enjoyed much success at Road America, he still has the ultimate respect for the track.
"Road America is one of the premier circuits in North America," said Gentilozzi, who has 22 Trans-Am victories. "It's a very high speed track and you develop a real sense of rhythm.
"But it's very deceiving because it's an easy circuit to drive, but quite difficult to drive fast," revealed Gentilozzi, who ranks first in all-time Trans-Am top-five (84) and top-ten (111) finishes,
"Fast Five" starts (100), race starts (169), and prize money winnings.
"You've got to have horsepower here to do well, but it's still very much a handling track," explained Gentilozzi, who can break his tie with three-time Trans-Am champion Tom Kendall's record for all-time top-three finishes (53) with a podium finish this weekend.
"Everyone always makes a big deal about stopping ability here," continued Gentilozzi. "But the real key is not stopping, but rather having the momentum to get through the corner quickly and cleanly." Gentilozzi has an added incentive to make it a three-peat at Road America. His sponsor, Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls, is also the title sponsor of the race. "No extra pressure there," quipped Gentilozzi. "Johnson Controls and Road America are a perfect match for each other, given the enthusiasm of Johnson Controls' employees and their business partners. We can introduce a whole new group of folks to racing at Road America."