ROCKETSPORTS DOMINATES TRANS-AM QUALIFYING CLEVELAND, Ohio. (June 24, 2005) The Lansing Michigan based Rocketsports Racing trio of Klaus Graf, Paul Gentilozzi and Tomy Drissi dominated qualifying for the Trans-Am on the Tarmac race tomorrow as...
ROCKETSPORTS DOMINATES TRANS-AM QUALIFYING
CLEVELAND, Ohio. (June 24, 2005) The Lansing Michigan based Rocketsports Racing trio of Klaus Graf, Paul Gentilozzi and Tomy Drissi dominated qualifying for the Trans-Am on the Tarmac race tomorrow as part of the Grand Prix of Cleveland. Led by series Rookie, Graf, driving the No. 7 Jaguar R Performance XKR around the 2.106-mile airport circuit in 1:14.343 for his second pole in as many events. Four-time champion, Gentilozzi, set second fastest lap as he qualified for his 200th Trans-Am series event. Drissi set the third fastest lap in the No. 5 Fantastic Four the Movie Jaguar XKR for his second top-3 qualifying effort of young 2005 season.
Reminiscent of one week ago, the crew for the German native, Graf, led by Troy Cowgill, continuously improved the car from the first practice session to lead qualifying. "We kept working in the right direction," said Graf. "I have a really good relationship with Troy, my crew chief, he works really hard. Obviously, I picked up some bonus points for the championship with the pole which I wanted. They moved me closer to Randy (Ruhlman) unfortunately he could qualify today."
Although Gentilozzi qualified second, he will roll off the starting grid fourth due to the re-instated Fast Five rule. The rule inverts the top five qualifiers. "It was my idea as much as I hated back in the day," stated Gentilozzi when asked about the rule. "I think it shakes things up and makes the beginning of the race more interesting--I think it's fun."
Last years runner up, Drissi, quickly set his fast time in the qualifying session then parked the Fantastic Four the movie Jaguar XKR to save wear on his tires. "I was happy with my last lap," said Drissi. "I was watching Klaus and he cooled down his tires, and I followed his lead and the very next lap he went a tenth quicker and I went a half of second a lap quicker. I didn't think it was that much of a lap, but it was a P3 so I came in so not to put any more laps on the tires."
The Trans-Am event is schedule for Saturday June 25th at 3:30 p.m. Eastern and will be aired on SPEED TV July 3rd at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time.