Paul Gentilozzi Mid-Ohio preview

Lexington, Ohio - Two-time Trans-Am Series champion Paul Gentilozzi is looking for his third consecutive win at Mid-Ohio when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup returns following a one-year hiatus as part of the American LeMans ...

Lexington, Ohio - Two-time Trans-Am Series champion Paul Gentilozzi is looking for his third consecutive win at Mid-Ohio when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup returns following a one-year hiatus as part of the American LeMans Series at Mid-Ohio weekend on August 24-25. Gentilozzi, driver of the No.3 Johnson Controls/HomeLink Jaguar XKR, won both the 1998 and 1999 Trans-Am races. In 1998, it was a Rocketsports Racing 1-2 sweep when Gentilozzi's teammate, Bill Saunders, finished a mere 0.065-second behind him in second place to record the second closest finish in the Series' history.

Gentilozzi has three wins and four additional podium finishes in eight starts thus far. Gentilozzi's dominance in the series has given him the lead in the Drivers' Championship point standings where he maintains a 19-point advantage over his teammate Johnny Miller.

Gentilozzi is pleased to be racing again at this celebrated circuit. "I'm excited to be racing again at Mid-Ohio," said Gentilozzi, who has 22 Trans-Am victories. "I've missed it.

"Mid-Ohio is one of the best real road racing tracks in the world," continued Gentilozzi, who ranks first in all-time Trans-Am top-five (85) and top-ten (112) finishes, "Fast Five" starts (101), race starts (170), and prize money winnings. "A track like this brings us, as a series, back to the true roots of road racing. The fans that come to Mid-Ohio are hard-core and knowledgeable road racing fans and we need to continue to cultivate that.

"This has always been my favorite permanent circuit because it's the most challenging track to do right," explained Gentilozzi, who broke a tie with three-time Trans-Am champion Tom Kendall's record for all-time top-three finishes (53) with his third place finish last weekend at Road America. "It's a combination track - you've got to have horsepower to do well here, but it's still very much a handling track.

"It demands the utmost from both the car and driver," revealed Gentilozzi, who made his Trans-Am debut at Mid-Ohio in 1984. "There are definite nuances to this track that can make a substantial difference in your lap times. But when you're hooked up, you develop a real rhythm and the laps just seem to melt away."

-RM

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Series SCCA , Trans-Am
Drivers Paul Gentilozzi , Johnny Miller , Tom Kendall