Long Beach: Scott Pruett preview

Pruett looks for another Trans-Am series win at Long Beach. Long Beach, Calif. - With his season opening victory at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg behind him, Rocketsports Racing's Scott Pruett, driver of the No. 7 Jaguar R Performance XKR,...

Pruett looks for another Trans-Am series win at Long Beach.

Long Beach, Calif. - With his season opening victory at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg behind him, Rocketsports Racing's Scott Pruett, driver of the No. 7 Jaguar R Performance XKR, will be driving in his first Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup race during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend on April 11-13 since 1988.

Since making his first start at Long Beach in go-karts in 1982, a race in which he won, Pruett has enjoyed a lot of success here. The 1987 Trans-Am Long Beach race winner has nine Champ Car World Series starts including his Champ Car Series debut in 1989 and most recently won the 2001 Toyota Pro-Celebrity race.

"Long Beach has played a very pivotal part for me throughout my career, from go-karts to the Pro Celebrity races to Trans-Am to the Champ Car World Series and now back to Trans-Am," said Pruett, who was elected into the World Karting Hall of Fame in 1991.

"I love what has been done to the circuit with the changes they've made over the years. Long Beach has to be one the greatest temporary circuits for the driver and the fans watching," added Pruett, who attended his first Long Beach when he was a teenager growing up in California.

"The last time I was at Long Beach in a Trans-Am car, I qualified first and led every lap, except the last one," said Pruett, who ran out of gas on the last lap, giving the victory to his good friend and current car owner/teammate Paul Gentilozzi.

"I feel good, especially coming off the win at St. Petersburg. It had been a long time since I'd been in a Trans-Am car," explained Pruett, who returns to the Trans-Am Series full-time for the first time since 1994.

"Winning every race is important. I'm not going out there to impress owners in the other series or try and move up or anything like that," explained Pruett, who won the drivers' title in 1987 and 1994. "It's about winning every race and taking home my third Trans-Am Series Drivers' Championship."

Pruett, who signed on with SPEED Channel in 2002 to call the action in the Champ Car World Series, will be pulling double once again this weekend like he did in St. Petersburg, racing back and forth between the track and the TV booth.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Scott Pruett , Paul Gentilozzi