Long Beach: Rocketsports Racing Saturday notes

TOMY DRISSI LEAD ROCKETSPORTS TRIO IN QUALIFYING FOR THE CYTOMAX CHALLENGE LONG BEACH, CA (April 9, 2005) The 2000 Long Beach Trans-Am Series race winner, Tomy Drissi qualified his No. 5 SAHARA the Movie Jaguar XKR second for Sunday's Cytomax...

TOMY DRISSI LEAD ROCKETSPORTS TRIO IN QUALIFYING FOR THE CYTOMAX CHALLENGE

LONG BEACH, CA (April 9, 2005) The 2000 Long Beach Trans-Am Series race winner, Tomy Drissi qualified his No. 5 SAHARA the Movie Jaguar XKR second for Sunday's Cytomax Challenge during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Drissi set a lap time of 1:22.759 around the 1.968 mile street circuit but missed his second career pole position by 3/10th of a second to Boris Said. Rocketsports owner and 2004 Long Beach race winner, Paul Gentilozzi qualified third and Klaus Graf will start seventh in the their Jaguar R Performance XKR's.

The southern California native wasn't disappointed with his qualifying position although the series will invert the top five qualifiers for the race and Drissi will take the green flag fourth. "I wanted the pole or to be third," said Drissi. "With the inverting of the top-five, those two positions put you in the best spot for turn one. But with everyone's time being so close I decided not to mess around and went for the pole. I put on a few more laps than I wanted to but the car is going to be good at the end of the race."

Gentilozzi will be attempting to win his sixth Long Beach Grand Prix, by doing so he will break the tie for most career wins with the late Mark Donohue. Gentilozzi is the only Trans-Am series driver to win more than once on the streets of Long Beach. "This is a phenomenal place to race and Long beach is part of our culture," said Gentilozzi. "You always remember where you got your first win and Long Beach is very special. I'm not sure what the future holds but I want to make sure we win."

With expectations for a better qualifying position, Graf was disappointed with his seventh place lap. The Rocketsports crew battled an electrical issue with the No. 7 Jaguar for qualifying but recovered to set the fastest time in the last practice session. Graf set a lap time 1:22.780. "It's a bit of a rough start," said Graf. "We had a good session and everything is fine now. We will tweak a little bit on the car and I look forward to the race."

The Cytomax Challenge is scheduled for April 10th at 5:15pm Eastern Time. Visit the Trans-Am Series website for live timing and scoring at www.trans-amseries.com. You can see coverage of Sundays event on Speed TV Sunday April 17th at 1:30pm Eastern Time.

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