Miami: Paul Gentilozzi Friday summary

Friday, October 4, 2002 - Post-Practice - Paul Gentilozzi, driver of the no. 3 Johnson Controls Jaguar XKR, was quickest in the opening Trans-Am Practice session with a time of 1:12:657. NOTE 1 - Although this is the first race weekend on this...

Friday, October 4, 2002 - Post-Practice - Paul Gentilozzi, driver of the no. 3 Johnson Controls Jaguar XKR, was quickest in the opening Trans-Am Practice session with a time of 1:12:657.

NOTE 1 - Although this is the first race weekend on this new course, Gentilozzi has competed in the streets of Miami twice before...He won the IMSA GTS race in 1993 and finished sixth in 1994 in the last Miami Trans-Am race...He won the 1998 Trans-Am race at Homestead.

NOTE 2 - 2002 Stats... Second in the points standings...Won the season-opener at Long Beach...Has three additional top-two finishes (Mid-Ohio, Washington, D.C, and Road America) and seven top-five finishes.

NOTE 2 - Career Stats...Three-time Trans-Am champion (2001, 1999, 1998), tied with racing legend Mark Donohue...Only driver to have won three championships driving three different marques...Ranks first in all-time Trans-Am top-three (59), top-five (93), and top-ten (123) finishes, lead lap finishes (121), "Fast Five" qualifying starts (110), lead-lap finishes (121), single season earnings, and total series winnings...Has 24 Trans-Am wins.

On his first tour of the track... "We've got our work cut out for us here. There's absolutely no grip on the track. If you can't get a clean lap, it will cost you a ton of time.

"There are as many different track surfaces as are known to mankind. How bad is it? Well, bad is a relative term. If you were married to Rosie O'Donnell that would be bad....but this is worse than that.

"The track is extremely narrow. There are so many places to get in trouble. There's one spot where the big banyon tree is, it's so tight. It looks curved, it's fast, and it just begs you to pass, but you can only get one car through there. This is definitely a track where you engage brain before foot. The Denver track was just a warm-up for this circuit."

"All that aside, it's great to having racing back in the streets of Miami. The Miami street races have rivaled those in Long Beach, but there's much more of an international flavor here. It's almost like a Mardi Gras atmosphere."

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Paul Gentilozzi , Mark Donohue