Puerto Rico: Rocketsports second practice notes

NOTE 1-- BACKGROUND STATS... Clinched his third Trans-Am Drivers' Championship with his win in Miami...In 2003, has eight wins (St. Petersburg, Mosport, Infineon Raceway, Cleveland, Trois-Rivieres, Road America, Denver, and Miami) in ...

NOTE 1-- BACKGROUND STATS...

Clinched his third Trans-Am Drivers' Championship with his win in Miami...In 2003, has eight wins (St. Petersburg, Mosport, Infineon Raceway, Cleveland, Trois-Rivieres, Road America, Denver, and Miami) in ten starts...Started on the pole eight times...In August, raced in the Winston Cup event at Watkins Glen, scoring a career-best second place...In June, competed in the Winston Cup race at Infineon Raceway finishing 24th due to contact while running sixth...Two previous Trans-Am Drivers' Championships in 1987 and 1994...In 2002, did not compete in the Trans-Am Tour...Competed in Winston Cup Series in 2000... Competed several seasons in CART Champ Car Series, scoring two wins...Has two IMSA GTO Drivers' Championships (1986, 1988).

NOTE 2 --

Pruett will race the new Jaguar AJ-V8 four-valve, overhead-cam, fuel-injected engine. Previously, the AJ-V8 debuted in a press event in September and during a practice session during the Motorock Miami 100 race in a Jaguar XKR driven by three-time Trans-Am champion Paul Gentilozzi. This will mark the first time it will compete during in race competition.

On the engine change... "We had planned to change the engine anyway after the afternoon practice session. But we found a crack in the oil pan after the morning practice so we decided to do it now. I'm a realist; I've been involved with enough development programs to know that you can plan for every detail and still little things will happen. So it was unfortunate we had to change it now, but it's a new engine; it's the future of Trans-Am and we want to do things right.

On the 10-minute green flag penalty... "It was totally inadvertent. After the red flag, one of the Bosch guys downloaded data. For him, it was a totally normal thing to do because that's the way other series do it. But it's not here, so we made a mistake. Did it cost us? Yes, it's the first time here and we're learning the track. Can we recover from it? Absolutely. I've got total confidence in the team and the car. Being part of a team, we can look at the data from the other cars and adapt it based on our motor. We'll be fine.

On how it will affect his qualifying session to miss an entire session... "Not at all. We're here to go racing. We're not here to put on a demonstration lap. We'll fight for the pole and then we'll fight for the win.

WALLY CASTRO, DRIVER OF THE NO. 3 PUERTO RICO LOTTERY JAGUAR XKR, WAS THIRD QUICKEST IN THIS AFTERNOON'S PRACTICE WITH A TIME OF 1:07:360.

NOTE 1 --

This is Castro's second career Trans-Am start...His previous start was in 1996 at St. Petersburg in 1996 where he qualified 10th and was running fifth when a broken axle relegated him to a 10th place finish.

NOTE 2 -- BACKGROUND STATS...

In 2003, leads the Puerto Rico National Championship GTS class point standings with four wins and one second-place finish, with one race remaining...set pole position records at Salinas Speedway and Ponce Race Track.

On his afternoon session... "We've learned a lot more. The gearing is not quite perfect yet, almost, but not quite. I'm learning a lot more about the tires, too. We had new tires and they really hooked up. The brakes were really good, too.

"The car's ready to racing right now if we needed to. But I'd still like to find another half a second. Tomorrow for qualifying, I plan to be conservative. I'm going to go for a top-five spot.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Paul Gentilozzi