Trois-Rivieres: Paul Gentilozze preview

Gentilozzi looks for his third consecutive win in the le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres. Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada - Three-time Trans-Am champion Paul Gentilozzi is looking to make it three-in-a-row when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich...

Gentilozzi looks for his third consecutive win in the le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada - Three-time Trans-Am champion Paul Gentilozzi is looking to make it three-in-a-row when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup returns following a two-year absence for the Le Grand Prix De Trois-Rivieres on August 2-4. Gentilozzi, driver of the No.3 Johnson Controls Jaguar XKR, scored back-to-back victories on the demanding street course in both 1999 and 1998, each time starting from the pole position.

Gentilozzi, who currently ranks second in the championship points standings, hopes three just might be his lucky number this weekend. "I drive car number three, I've won three championships, and I'm racing in Trois-Rivieres (Three Rivers in English) going for my third win here. Maybe all that will be a good omen for good things to come this weekend."

But Gentilozzi is well aware it takes much more than some good luck to claim the top spot on the podium at Trois-Rivieres. "This track is extremely bumpy and narrow and exacts a toll on the equipment," explained Gentilozzi, who ranks first in all-time Trans-Am top-three (58), top-five (91), and top-ten (120) finishes, "Fast Five" qualifying starts (108), race starts (179), fastest race laps (34), and lead lap finishes (118). "The driveline takes a beating and you've completely exhausted your brakes by the end of the race because you're constantly on and off the brakes, especially going down hill in some of the braking zones.

"That was after running only 82 miles; this year's race will be 100 miles," continued Gentilozzi, who has 24 Trans-Am victories. "Durability will be a big issue here. This track provides a true reflection of a team, showing how quickly and effectively they can respond to the challenges offered up by this circuit. The race will be won as much by the crew preparing the car as it will by the driver behind the wheel."

According to Gentilozzi, there's another critical element to Trois-Rivieres - the race fans. "There's very much a European flavor," he said. "The fans understand and respect road racing. Their support, good wishes, and encouragement really does factor in to a successful weekend."

The Trans-Am 100 airs live on SPEED Channel on Sunday, August 4th at 2:30 pm Eastern.

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