Cleveland: Rocketsports Racing race notes

TOMY DRISSI LEADS ROCKETSPORTS IN CLEVELAND CLEVELAND, Ohio. (June 25, 2005) Hollywood native, Tomy Drissi, led the Rocketsports Racing trio as he finished eighth driving the No. 5 Fantastic Four the Movie Jaguar XKR for the Trans-Am on the...

TOMY DRISSI LEADS ROCKETSPORTS IN CLEVELAND

CLEVELAND, Ohio. (June 25, 2005) Hollywood native, Tomy Drissi, led the Rocketsports Racing trio as he finished eighth driving the No. 5 Fantastic Four the Movie Jaguar XKR for the Trans-Am on the Tarmac during the Grand Prix of Cleveland. The fortunes of qualifying turned to misfortune during the 48 lap race in 90 plus degree temperatures. Rookie-of-the-year contender, Klaus Graf, in the No. 7 Jaguar R Performance XKR, experience a fuel pump failure finishing 11th while maintaining second in the championship points. Paul Gentilozzi's efforts to break the tie for most series wins in his 200th career start fell short as a broken heim joint parked the No. 1 Jaguar R Performance XKR early on lap 14 and finished 13th.

With the Fantastic Four on his side, the Rockin' Moroccan, Drissi, ran consistently in the top five until a fuel pressure problem forced him to pit and fell to the back of the field. Experiencing extreme temperatures in the cockpit and a malfunctioning cool suit, Drissi persevered to get his third top-ten finishes in three races. "It was hot in the car," stated Drissi. "I was bidding my time and running my own pace. I had to pit when my fuel pressure dropped and that put us out of contention for the win."

Graf and Gentilozzi set the pace early running one-two for the first 14 laps. Graf was handed the lead when the No. 1 Jaguar R Performance XKR experience its problems. "I had it under control and modulating the pace the way I wanted it," said Graf. "Suddenly I lost power. We kept working on the Jaguar and the guy tried real hard but the problem ended our day. I believe we had this one covered again."

The four-time champion grabbed the lead after turn one from his fourth place starting position to lead 13 laps before his day ended. "We had a great race car," said Gentilozzi. We had the problem in the left front that ending our day. It just didn't turn out the way we'd like. The record will have to wait until another day."

The Trans-Am on the Tarmac event from Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland will be aired on SPEED TV July 3rd at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time. The Trans-Am series next event is in Toronto Canada July 9th.

-RSR-

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Klaus Graf , Tomy Drissi , Paul Gentilozzi