Miami: Paul Gentilozzi race summary

Paul Gentilozzi, driver of the no. 3 Johnson Controls Jaguar XKR, provisionally finished 12TH after starting second on the grid...was caught up in a late race multi-car wreck. NOTE 1 - Gentilozzi won the IMSA GTS race in 1993 and finished sixth...

Paul Gentilozzi, driver of the no. 3 Johnson Controls Jaguar XKR, provisionally finished 12TH after starting second on the grid...was caught up in a late race multi-car wreck.

NOTE 1 - Gentilozzi 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 and seven top-five finishes.

NOTE 2 - Career Stats...Three-time Trans-Am champion (2001, 1999, 1998)...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), race starts (183)...Has 24 Trans-Am wins.

On his race and the late race incident on the restart... "I had the car to win the race. The car was running flawlessly and did everything I asked of it. It showed its stuff when I ran Butch (Leitzinger) down after our drive-through penalty for speeding in the pits during the pit stop. We shot ourselves there, it cost us five track positions.

"After that last restart, I was ready to race with Boris for the win. But suddenly everything changed. Johnny Miller and Mike Lewis got together in front of me and that closed the door for me. Lewis was sideways dead in the track, Butch got into me from behind, and that pushed me into Lewis. That ended any chance of a win for us today.

"The contact damaged the left front suspension. My guys did a great job of fixing it to get us back out. It's all about points at this stage of the game. We needed to go out and turn one more lap to get one more point, so that's what we did. We never give up and we don't intend to start now.

"We were on top in all three of the other sessions this weekend, we just didn't `win' the one that mattered. So we'll look ahead and get ready for next week in Atlanta."

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Paul Gentilozzi , Johnny Miller