Paul Gentilozzi - recipient of two awards

Gentilozzi wins SpeedTV.Com poll. Recipient of Lowe's "Move of The Week" LANSING, MI -- Three-time Trans-Am champion Paul Gentilozzi scored his fourth win in Long Beach in the Johnson Controls 100 Trans-Am Series race during the Toyota Long...

Gentilozzi wins SpeedTV.Com poll.
Recipient of Lowe's "Move of The Week"

LANSING, MI -- Three-time Trans-Am champion Paul Gentilozzi scored his fourth win in Long Beach in the Johnson Controls 100 Trans-Am Series race during the Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix weekend and is still reaping the rewards from the victory. Gentilozzi, driver of the No.3 Johnson Controls Jaguar XKR, was recognized on Speed News with the Lowe's "Move of the Week" honor for his outstanding last lap driving and pass that secured his Long Beach win.

Additionally, Gentilozzi, driver of the No. 3 Johnson Controls Jaguar XKR, won last week's SpeedTV.com poll in which the majority of almost 10,000 voters felt that he would score 30 Trans-Am wins to set the next racing milestone. Gentilozzi garnered 47.53% of the vote, over second place Michael Schumacher with 37.59% respondents believing he would win his sixth World Driving Championship.

Gentilozzi was pleased to be tapped for both honors. "I believe that the poll results are a reflection of popularity of Trans-Am racing with the readers and fans," explained Gentilozzi, who ranks first in all-time Trans-Am top-three (56), top-five (87), and top-ten finishes (115) as well lead-lap finishes (113) and "Fast Five" qualifying starts (104). "They watched the Johnson Controls 100 race and saw a great race with a lot of action."

"That was Trans-Am racing at its best," continued Gentilozzi. "It came down to the final turns of the last lap and three different brands all battling for the win."

Gentilozzi now ranks third for all-time Trans-Am race wins with 24 victories. With a strong season, he could easily pass Tom Kendall currently in second place with 26 wins and leader Mark Donohue with 29 victories. Gentilozzi has previously scored as many as seven wins in a single Trans-Am season (1998).

The Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup will travel north of the border for Round 2 of the 12-race schedule at Mosport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada on May 17-19 featuring live television coverage on May 19 at 1:00 p.m. on the SPEED Channel.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Paul Gentilozzi , Tom Kendall , Mark Donohue