Mid-Ohio: Paul Gentilozzi race report

Paul Gentilozzi, driver of the no. 3 Johnson Controls Jaguar XKR, finished second after starting sixth in today's Trans-Am Race. MID-OHIO STATS...Gentilozzi has three consecutive wins here - 2001, 1999, and 1998...Last year, started on the pole...

Paul Gentilozzi, driver of the no. 3 Johnson Controls Jaguar XKR, finished second after starting sixth in today's Trans-Am Race.

MID-OHIO STATS...Gentilozzi has three consecutive wins here - 2001, 1999, and 1998...Last year, started on the pole and scored a flag-to-flag win...Clinched the Manufacturers' Championship for Jaguar last year with his win...Has five additional podium finishes... Rocketsports Racing finished 1-2 here in 1998 with Gentilozzi and Bill Saunders in the closest margin of victory (:065) seconds in Trans-Am history.

2002 Stats...Second in the points standings...Won the season-opener at Long Beach...Finished 10th at Mosport and fifth at Lime Rock.

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...Should he win this fourth title in 2002, will tie with Tom Kendall as the only drivers to have won four titles...In 2001, scored four wins and six poles...Ranks first in all-time Trans-Am top-three (57), top-five (89), and top-ten (118) finishes, laps led (1,435), lead lap finishes (115), race starts (177), "Fast Five" qualifying starts (107), single season earnings, and total series winnings...Has 24 Trans-Am wins.

On his race today... "We had a hellava car, but we just didn't have quite enough. But it sure was fun. Today is indicative of what Trans-Am racing is all about. It had to be great for the fans; it sure was exciting in the car, but I'm disappointed to break my winning streak here. You can't drive any harder than that. It seems like an eternity since we've been on the podium. We had a bit of a dry spell (last two races) which is unusual for us. We're on our way back, but we're not there yet.

"I really used up the car today when I knew Boris was coming. Once we got the late yellow, I knew it was every man for himself. After the restart, I knew the only way I'd get around Butch was to bump him and I wasn't going to do that. I was lucky to have (teammate) Johnny Miller back there to occupy Boris. We all had death slides several times those last few laps. In that left hander, Boris and I were side-by-side. Even before that, there was plenty of side-by-side and bumper-to-bumper racing going on. If anyone made a mistake, it would have cost him at least a position and none of us were willing to give anything up.

"My second place is really due to my Rocketsports guys in the pits today. They got me in and out quickly with no problems. They nailed that stop.

-rocketsports-

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Paul Gentilozzi , Johnny Miller , Tom Kendall , Mark Donohue