Mosport race report

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Can. (May 21, 2000) - Brian Simo, of Carlsbad, Calif., took advantage of a spin by Paul Gentilozzi to score his second-consecutive BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series race at Mosport International Raceway with a ...

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Can. (May 21, 2000) - Brian Simo, of Carlsbad, Calif., took advantage of a spin by Paul Gentilozzi to score his second-consecutive BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series race at Mosport International Raceway with a 6.041-second margin over runner-up Jeff Altenburg, while Tomy Drissi claimed the final podium position. Simo, driving the No. 88 Tommy Bahama Qvale Mangusta, started the 40-lap, 98.36-mile race second alongside pole-qualifier Gentilozzi, in the No. 1 Johnson Controls/HomeLink Jaguar XKR, and for the first 29 laps the duo ran a fast pace in first and second. At turn five on lap 30, Gentilozzi spun into the gravel trap, handing the lead and ultimately the race win to Simo, who scored his 11th career victory. "You have to fight for every inch, every lap and every race," said Simo. "I was just waiting for my opportunity - if he (Gentilozzi) hadn't made a mistake, I'm not sure we could have made it by. We might have been a bit stronger, but that doesn't mean I could have driven by him." "We can't afford to give away races, and that's what I did today," said Gentilozzi. "I can't believe that I did that, it was my fault. I had too much rear brake and as I came over the rise, it (the car) stepped out on me. I went off, and then to make matters worse, it stalled. Then you've got to drive the rest of the race knowing what a stupid mistake you made. It's always fun to battle with Brian (Simo). Brian was pushing the pace a bit, but my mistake was my mistake." Behind the lead pair, Randy Ruhlman and Johnny Miller were locked in a race-long battle for third that was resolved on the last turn of the final lap as Miller, in the No. 64 Automationdirect.com/UPS Chevrolet Corvette, nudged the No. 49 Preformed Line Products Oldsmobile Aurora of Ruhlman. Ruhlman spun as a result of the contact, and Miller slid off course, rejoining the race to finish fourth. Following review of the incident, Miller was penalized five finishing positions, scoring a ninth-place finish, while Ruhlman ended up eighth. With Ruhlman and Miller off course at the last corner, the window opened for Altenburg and Drissi, who had been contesting for fourth. "We were all practically nose-to-tail," said Altenburg. "Tomy and I raced close, but clean and gave each other room. I didn't see the incident happen, but I came around the corner to see Ruhlman sideways. I had the better line than Tomy, and I saw that Tomy saw me and wasn't coming over, so I squeezed through." With the penalty against Miller, Lou Gigliotti was scored with a fourth-place finish, followed by Stu Hayner in fifth.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Brian Simo , Tomy Drissi , Paul Gentilozzi , Johnny Miller , Randy Ruhlman , Lou Gigliotti , Stu Hayner