Pickett to debut new engine package in San Jose

TEAM CYTOSPORT TO DEBUT NEW FUEL-INJECTED ENGINE PACKAGE IN SAN JOSE BENICIA, Calif. (July 25, 2005) -- Team CytoSport will introduce a completely new engine package during the Cytomax Sport Drink 100 Trans-Am Series race July 29-30, part of the...

TEAM CYTOSPORT TO DEBUT NEW FUEL-INJECTED ENGINE PACKAGE IN SAN JOSE

BENICIA, Calif. (July 25, 2005) -- Team CytoSport will introduce a completely new engine package during the Cytomax Sport Drink 100 Trans-Am Series race July 29-30, part of the Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose weekend. Team owner/driver Greg Pickett will debut the new 5.1 liter, 310 cu. in. Hasselgren electronic fuel-injected pushrod Ford V-8 in the No. 6 Cytomax/Muscle Milk Jaguar XKR. Previously, the team had campaigned a traditional carbureted Ford V-8 built and prepared by Rocketsports Racing.

The engine development project began during the winter off-season. The engine has successfully undergone substantial dyno testing as well as track testing at Infineon Raceway. Per Trans-Am Series rules, the Jaguar XKR will be required to carry an additional 25 pounds of weight.

"It became obvious to me midway through last season that the four-valve, fuel-injected engine system that Paul Gentilozzi was developing at Rocketsports was going to be a daunting package, and arguably the fastest out there," explained Pickett, whose made Trans-Am history with his recent win in Edmonton becoming the only Trans-Am driver to have won a race in each of four decades of competition. "With the Bosch engine management system, which I believe to be the world's best, now mandated, it made sense to move toward a fuel-injected combination.

"Hasselgren, who has a very good relationship with Bosch from the Toyota Atlantic Series, approached us and said 'if you're interested, we interested," continued Pickett, who has three podium finishes in four starts this season. "We gave them one of our Lozano assests (engine block) and we got started.

"The fuel-injected package has much more torque, especially in the slow to mid range," said Pickett, who ranks fifth in points. "It has good throttle response which will help keep the rear tires under the car; a very important trait on a street circuit like San Jose. It's also easier to tune it to an individual's driving style and to a particular track's idiosyncrasies.

"We feel we've made the right decision to move in this direction; we'll see how it plays out this weekend. You have to try to combinations to stay competitive and move forward. When you're racing with the best (drivers), with the best (equipment), it makes it hard to be the best. That's what we're striving to achieve," concluded Pickett.

The Cytomax Sport Drink 100 Trans-Am race will run on Saturday, July 30, and begins at 4:00 p.m. PDT on the city streets of San Jose. The race will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on August 7 at 1 p.m. EDT on SPEED Channel.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Paul Gentilozzi , Greg Pickett