Portland: Rocketsports preview

Rocketsports Racing Returns to Scenic Portland International Raceway LANSING, Mich. (June 16, 2004) -- The Rocketsports Racing team heads back west for the Albertsons Trans-Am 100 at the scenic 1.969 mile permanent road course of Portland ...

Rocketsports Racing Returns to Scenic Portland International Raceway

LANSING, Mich. (June 16, 2004) -- The Rocketsports Racing team heads back west for the Albertsons Trans-Am 100 at the scenic 1.969 mile permanent road course of Portland International Raceway on June 19, 2004. Paul Gentilozzi, who currently leads the championship standings, last ran at PIR in 2001 and finished second. Tommy Kendall, returned to Trans-Am competition in 2004 after six and a half years away, will be go for his second straight pole of the season in his Jaguar R Performance XKR. The super competitive, Tomy Drissi, will make his second career start at PIR and is looking for a good finish following his top-10 start in 2001.

Portland International Raceway Notes & Quotes

Tommy Kendall -- Driver, No. 11 Jaguar R Performance XKR

"Paul has the big bull's-eye on him in Portland because he'll be switching to the 4-valve Jaguar engine some time after Portland and I really want to beat him before he switches plus, I have never won a race at Portland, and I would really like to change that. I think Pickett will be good benchmark of the Trans-Am competition in Portland since he ran so well in Long Beach.

Tomy Drissi -- Driver, No. 5 Jaguar XKR

"Portland is challenging, they say turn one in Long Beach is tough, well turn one at Portland is worse. My goal is to make it through that first turn and then kick butt. I can't wait to get back to Portland and use the experience I've gained since 2001 to better my track record."

Paul Gentilozzi -- Driver, No. 3 Jaguar XKR

"I am looking forward to getting back into the car, and on the Portland track. It's been some time since our win in Long Beach and the Rocketsports Jaguar team is itching to get the season in full swing. The cars are ready and we're expecting good results in Portland, where we've been quick in the past. Plus with so many talented drivers fighting for the championship title this season, the Portland fans are sure to see an exciting race."

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Tomy Drissi , Paul Gentilozzi , Tommy Kendall