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Gentilozzi looks for his second consecutive win at Mosport. Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada - Three-time Trans-Am champion Paul Gentilozzi is looking for his second consecutive and third overall Mosport win when the Trans-Am Series for the...

Gentilozzi looks for his second consecutive win at Mosport.

Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada - Three-time Trans-Am champion Paul Gentilozzi is looking for his second consecutive and third overall Mosport win when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup returns to Mosport International Raceway May 17-19. Gentilozzi, who drives the No.3 Johnson Controls Jaguar XKR, started on the pole and won the race last season, which included a mandatory pit stop. He also scored a flag-to-flag win at Mosport in 1996.

"We've gotten off to a good start this season," said Gentilozzi, who started on the pole and won the Johnson Controls 100 season-opener in Long Beach, despite a 10-second penalty for fuel spillage during the pit stop. "We'd sure like to back it up with another win here at Mosport."

Gentilozzi is the only current Trans-Am driver who owns a Trans-Am victory at Mosport. "This track just suits my driving style," said Gentilozzi, who ranks first in all-time Trans-Am top-three (56), top-five (87), and top-ten (115) finishes as well as "Fast Five" qualifying starts (104), lead-lap finishes (113), laps led (1,400), race starts (174), and prize money winnings. "I should really have three wins here, but I gave away the win in 2000. I started on the pole, led the most laps, but spun after a restart and finished seventh. That still bothers me." Mosport has always been a favorite stop on the tour with Gentilozzi. "This track has always required precision and just plain guts to be good and fast," said Gentilozzi, who currently leads in the Drivers' Championship points standings. "To go fast, you've got to be willing to hold your foot down…and that's scary. If you brake going into the dip, you're not going to be fast. It takes a real driver to keep his foot planted as you approach a blind corner.

"Even with the new track changes and improvements, this is never going to be an easy track," explained Gentilozzi, who has 24 Trans-Am wins to his credit. "I've always said Mosport is a 'gut check' track, and that won't change. "Add in the mandatory pit stop and it's all up for grabs. This is no 'county club' race track. It's still one of the most challenging tracks in North America and it definitely commands respect," concluded Gentilozzi.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Paul Gentilozzi