Miami: Pruett/Gentilozzi Friday notes

SPECIAL NOTE -- Three-time Trans-Am champion Paul Gentilozzi planned to test the new Jaguar AJ-V8 four-valve, fuel-injected engine (No. 3 Motorock Jaguar XKR) debuted yesterday by Scott Pruett at Putnam Park during the Jaguar "Born to Perform"...

SPECIAL NOTE -- Three-time Trans-Am champion Paul Gentilozzi planned to test the new Jaguar AJ-V8 four-valve, fuel-injected engine (No. 3 Motorock Jaguar XKR) debuted yesterday by Scott Pruett at Putnam Park during the Jaguar "Born to Perform" media day held in conjunction with this weekend's F-1 race in Indianapolis. Unfortunately, on the way to pit lane, a steering knuckle broke, necessitating repair work in pit lane. By the time the repair was completed, the remainder of the session was red-flagged.

Following yesterday morning's press preview, the three Rocketsports crew members drove non-stop to get the car to Miami in time for the afternoon practice session. The plan was to take advantage of an opportunity, not normally available, to test the engine in a true street-course environment. Because championships and point standings are at stake, Gentilozzi had not planned to drive in either the qualifying session or the race.

Gentilozzi now plans to drive the No. 3 Motorock Jaguar XKR during the 15-minute warm-up session on Sunday.

On Pruett's afternoon practice session... "I'm still getting to know the track. It's difficult to learn in the rain. The car was pretty good considering the changes in the track.

"We were off in our gearing chart and we need to do a lot of work. First gear was fine, but everything else will change. She's not where she wants to be."

-rsr-

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Scott Pruett , Paul Gentilozzi