TRANS-AM LEGEND BREAKS RECORD FOR MOST CAREER WINS TORONTO (July 9, 2005) Four-time Trans-Am series champion, Paul Gentilozzi, has rewritten the record book again by winning the Trans-Am in TO event, part of the Molson Indy Toronto. Taking the...
TRANS-AM LEGEND BREAKS RECORD FOR MOST CAREER WINS
TORONTO (July 9, 2005) Four-time Trans-Am series champion, Paul Gentilozzi, has rewritten the record book again by winning the Trans-Am in TO event, part of the Molson Indy Toronto. Taking the checkered flag in the No. 1 Jaguar R Performance XKR for the thirtieth time in his long and illustrious career, the Michigan native broke the record for Most Series Wins today. A record of 29 career wins in the Trans Am racing series was held by the Late Mark Donohue, in which Gentilozzi tied after going to victory circle in Denver last year.
Gentilozzi's first career Trans-Am start was in 1987 on the streets on Detroit where he started ninth and finished fourth. In 1988 he won the first of his thirty events in Long Beach. Over the last 18 years, he has set many records including most podiums, most top-fives, most top-tens and is the career lap leader with 1770 laps.
As humble as he was last year when he tied the record, Gentilozzi, quickly turned the attention to the ones around him. "It is a privilege, to have the people around me make the sacrifices for me to do this," said the new record holder. "A lot of drivers could have this many victories or more if they had the team of people that I have had throughout my career. Having the people in your life that will make the sacrifice for you to follow your dream -- that is what is makes this achievement so special."
Fellow competitor and friend, 1978 series champion, Greg Pickett, is the closest active driver to breaking the new all-time wins record with 15 victories. After finishing second in the No. 6 Cytomax Jaguar, the veteran driver paid homage to his friend. "It is an honor to be up here on the podium with the guy who is the winningest Trans-Am driver of all-time," declared Pickett. "Everybody had their era, Mark did it in a relatively short period of time, but that should not have anything to do his (Gentilozzi) accomplishment today."
Tune in to SPEED TV to watch the history making moment of four-time champion Paul Gentilozzi break the record for Most Career Wins on Sunday July 17th at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time.