Denver: Greg Pickett preview

GREG PICKETT LOOKS TO CONTINUE HIS PODIUM PERFORMANCES IN THE CYTOMAX SPORT DRINK 100 TRANS-AM RACE IN DENVER DENVER (Aug. 15, 2005) -- With his name already etched in the Trans-Am Series record books, 1978 Drivers' Champion Greg Pickett is ...

GREG PICKETT LOOKS TO CONTINUE HIS PODIUM PERFORMANCES IN THE CYTOMAX SPORT DRINK 100 TRANS-AM RACE IN DENVER

DENVER (Aug. 15, 2005) -- With his name already etched in the Trans-Am Series record books, 1978 Drivers' Champion Greg Pickett is looking for his fourth consecutive podium finish when the Cytomax Sport Drink 100, Round 7 of the Trans-Am Series, returns to Denver as part of the CENTRIX Financial Grand Prix of Denver presented by PacifiCare weekend, Aug. 12-13. Pickett, driver of the No. 6 Cytomax/Muscle Milk Jaguar XKR, scored a pair of podium finishes in Toronto and San Jose. His Edmonton win makes him the only driver in Trans-Am history to have won a race in each of four decades of competition.

Interestingly, Pickett's second-place finish in San Jose, a mere 0.147 of a second behind race winner and 2002 Trans-Am titlist Boris Said, moved him to the top of the chart for all-time second-place finishes, breaking a three-way tie with Trans-Am champions Paul Gentilozzi and George Follmer. In five starts, Pickett has finished off the podium just once, collecting fourth-place points in Portland.

"The Denver circuit actually demands a lot from both the car and the driver," said Pickett, who finished fourth here in 2004. "It's really quite a technical track and requires the right balance of horsepower, handling characteristics, and driving skill. You also need to pick your passing opportunities carefully or you'll end up watching the race from your pits.

"A street course like this will absolutely punish the suspension, brakes, and transmission," continued Pickett, who ranks third in points, just 18 markers out of the lead despite missing the Cleveland race due a prior commitment. "We saw that in San Jose in both the open-wheel cars and the production sedans. San Jose was a great dress rehearsal for the Denver race.

"Perhaps the most unique feature of the Denver event is that we race at altitude which can definitely impact the performance of the driver and the car. But we're confident of our ability to address that issue," explained Pickett, who debuted his new 5.1-liter, 310 c.i. Hasselgren electronic fuel-injected pushrod Ford V-8 at the Cytomax Sport Drink 100 San Jose race with a flawless performance.

"Just as in San Jose, the Denver fans can count on the Trans-Am Series to provide lots of door-to-door racing and paint-swapping passing," concluded Pickett, who raced on the old Denver circuit in 1991.

"I love this sport; it's given back to me more than anyone deserves to expect. Now, I want to give something back," said Pickett, who owns ChampBev, Inc., the Ready to Drink division of Cytomax.

Cytomax Sport Drink, a brand of ChampBev, Inc., is the title sponsor of this weekend's Trans-Am race. In addition, the 10,000 square-foot Cytomax Skatepark will offer street, trick and flatland skateboarding demonstrations, featuring Kody Wright, a 14-year old from Centennial, Colo.

The Cytomax Sport Drink 100 will be televised Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. EDT on SPEED Channel.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers George Follmer , Greg Pickett