Long Beach: Rocketsports Friday notes

Gentilozzi second quickest in friday Trans-am practice LONG BEACH, Calif. (Friday April 16, 2004) - Rocketsports team owner and driver Paul Gentilozzi was second quickest in today's opening practice session of the Motorock Trans-Am Series....

Gentilozzi second quickest in friday Trans-am practice

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Friday April 16, 2004) - Rocketsports team owner and driver Paul Gentilozzi was second quickest in today's opening practice session of the Motorock Trans-Am Series. Driving the Jaguar XKR, on the 1.968-mile Long Beach street course Gentilozzi led teammates Tommy Kendall and Tomi Drissi who were also in the top five. Boris Said of Carlsbad, California was quickest of the day posting a best lap of 1:22.398 (85.983 mph).

Gentilozzi was pleased with the second spot, after lapping the Long Beach street course in 1:22.878 (85.485 mph), despite receiving a four minute penalty for causing a red flag after spinning in turn one and dislodging the tire barrier on lap three.

"I think the car has more in it. The Rocketsports team did well, but I don't even feel like the car is that fast yet," said Gentilozzi, who posted his fastest time on lap 14. "This is a great way to start the season. To have all three Rocketsports Jaguar drivers in the top five is hopefully a good sign for how the weekend will go."

Returning to the Trans-Am Series after a six year hiatus, four-time series champion, Kendall was third quickest of the day, with a best lap of 1:23.133 (85.222mph).

"The car handled better in the second session," said Kendall. "We had a broken sway bar in the first. It felt good to be out there today, it didn't feel like I had been away."

Born and raised in Los Angeles' Crenshaw district, Drissi started his sixth year in the Trans-Am Series. The motion picture advertising executive rebounded from the morning session after suffering a broken oil seal on the left rear wheel. He posted the fifth best lap time of 1:23.557 for an average speed of 84.790 mph.

"We've had things going in the right direction," said Drissi. "The No. 5 car was running well and the only change we made was the tires. I am positive we'll make progress over the weekend and have a good time racing the Long Beach track."

The Motorock Trans-Am Series gets back on track Saturday morning for the first qualifying session at 9:00 am PST. The second qualifying period will be held at 3:45 pm PST.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Boris Said , Paul Gentilozzi