Lime Rock: Paul Gentilozzi preview

Gentilozzi looks for his second Trans-Am win this season at Lime Rock Park. Lime Rock, CT - Three-time Trans-Am champion Paul Gentilozzi is looking for his second win of the season when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup returns to...

Gentilozzi looks for his second Trans-Am win this season at Lime Rock Park.

Lime Rock, CT - Three-time Trans-Am champion Paul Gentilozzi is looking for his second win of the season when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup returns to Lime Rock following a two-year break for Mohegan Sun Presents the Lime Rock Park Grand Prix on May 24-27. Gentilozzi, who drives the No.3 Johnson Controls Jaguar XKR, started on the pole and won the season-opener last month in Long Beach. But a broken spark plug last weekend at Mosport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada cost him any chance of the win, relegating him to a tenth place finish.

"We got off to a good start at Long Beach," said Gentilozzi, who ranks first in all-time Trans-Am top-three (56), top-five (87), and top-ten (116) finishes as well as "Fast Five" qualifying starts (105), lead-lap finishes (113), laps led (1,400), race starts (175), and prize money winnings. "The plug problem last weekend was just a bad break, so we need to get back on track at Lime Rock. But I'm not worried. We often start off slower and really hit our stride mid-season."

But Gentilozzi will have his work cut out for him. In nine previous tours of the circuit, he remains winless at Lime Rock, his best finish - a third place - coming in 1997.

"It seems like the only luck I have here is bad luck," said Gentilozzi, who currently is third in the Drivers' Championship points standings, just two points behind his teammate Johnny Miller in second place. "This is an extremely short and bumpy track. It's the roughest track we race on.

"But it's an exciting race for the fans because we're always in traffic,' explained Gentilozzi. "There's always a lot of passing. Plus this is probably one of the most exciting first turns (Turn 1) in all of racing. There's always a lot of action in that turn.

"The Corvettes will be tough here because of their front downforce advantage," continued Gentilozzi, who has 24 Trans-Am wins to his credit. "This is also the home track for both Butch (Leitzinger) and Boris (Said) so we can expect them to be strong here, too.

"Add in the mandatory pit stop, a few rain drops, and it's all up for grabs," concluded Gentilozzi.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Paul Gentilozzi , Johnny Miller