Miami: Paul Gentilozzi preview

Gentilozzi looks for repeat victory as racing returns to the steets of Miami. Miami, FL - Three-time Trans-Am champion Paul Gentilozzi will be looking for his second Miami win when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup travels to...

Gentilozzi looks for repeat victory as racing returns to the steets of Miami.

Miami, FL - Three-time Trans-Am champion Paul Gentilozzi will be looking for his second Miami win when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup travels to Miami for the Grand Prix Americas weekend on October 4-6. Gentilozzi, driver of the No.3 Johnson Controls Jaguar XKR, won the IMSA GTS race during the Miami Grand Prix in 1993, passing his teammate Darin Brassfield.

In 1994, the Trans-Am Series' only previous appearance in Miami, Gentilozzi finished sixth. But a return to south Florida saw Gentilozzi atop the podium again when he won the 1998 Trans-Am race at the Homestead Motorsports Complex.

"It's great to be racing again in the streets of Miami," said Gentilozzi, who has 24 Trans-Am wins to his credit. "In the past, the fans and the local community have been so supportive of the event. It was always much more than just a race, it was an `event'.

"The Miami street races have rivaled those in Long Beach," continued Gentilozzi, who ranks first in all-time Trans-Am top-three (59), top-five (93), and top-ten (123) finishes, "Fast Five" qualifying starts (110), race starts (182), fastest race laps (34), and lead lap finishes (121). "But the big difference is that there is much more of an international flavor here. It's almost like a Mardi Gras atmosphere.

"I'm very curious to see how the new course compares to the old course," said Gentilozzi, who has one win, three second places, and seven top-five finishes in nine starts. "It has the potential to be quite a different and interesting circuit. It'll take a really fast car to be good here."

Gentilozzi, who ranks second in the championship points standings and is within striking distance of his fourth title, is eager to get back behind the wheel following a four-week hiatus.

"The championship battle is far from over," said Gentilozzi, who won the prestigious Rolex 24 of Daytona - GTS class earlier this season. "I had a commanding points lead going in to the last race in 2000, but then lost the title when a two-dollar part broke. We've got to keep digging and put the pressure on. It's crunch time.

The Miami Trans-Am race will air on a same-day tape delayed basis on the SPEED Channel on October 6th from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Eastern.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Paul Gentilozzi , Darin Brassfield