Friday Notebook from Albertsons Trans-Am 100 PORTLAND, Ore. (June 18, 2004) -- Friday's notebook for qualifying and first-round practice for the Albertsons Trans-Am 100 at Portland International Raceway. * Paul Gentilozzi's Rocketsports...
Friday Notebook from Albertsons Trans-Am 100
PORTLAND, Ore. (June 18, 2004) -- Friday's notebook for qualifying and first-round practice for the Albertsons Trans-Am 100 at Portland International Raceway.
* Paul Gentilozzi's Rocketsports Racing team discovered a carburetor problem prior first-round practice and he didn't turn a lap in the No. 3 Jaguar R Performance XKR prior to qualifying. Gentilozzi went out early, parked the car, and then set his fastest time on his final lap.
* Meanwhile, Tomy Drissi's Rocketsports squad had its hands full as it had to change a clutch just prior to qualifying. They worked on the car for much of the session on pit road before sending Drissi out to earn the outside pole in the No. 5 Alien Vs. Predator, Only in Theaters Jaguar XKR.
* Tommy Kendall (No. 11 Jaguar R Performance) continued to prove the new Jaguar AJ-V8 engine is coming up to speed Friday as he set the third-fastest time in qualifying. The AJ-V8, which was debuted last year, features a stock block, fuel injection, four valves per cylinder and overhead camshafts.
* Brandon Davis and his father, Mike, today became the first father-and-son duo to compete on the same track since Bobby and Don Sak in Puerto Rico last year. The younger Davis is making his Trans-Am debut this weekend in the No. 99 New Century Mortgage/GE Access/ACS Express Racing Ford Mustang. "This is a lot of fun," he said. "I've been watching it for a long time. I've been watching it since my dad got into it five years ago. This is a dream come true." "I'm absolutely proud as hell of him," said the elder Davis. "He's been a track rat since he was five years old. Thirteen years later, to have him involved in Trans-Am is a dream come true for the both of us. He's a good kid. He behaves himself and he has the right look for auto racing. We're just excited to have him with us. 2002 Trans-Am Champion Boris Said, who usually drives for Davis, is acting as B. Davis' driving coach. "Boris has been working with him, teaching him how to drive and how to do the setup," said M. Davis. "They've run in the same car and he's right there with Boris. Boris has 30 years experience, so Brandon has a lot of catching up to do. "They antagonize the hell out of each other."
* The elder Davis had an off during first-round practice, but saved it in a cloud of tire smoke. He qualified 10th on the grid later in the day.