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Paul Gentilozzi Bio

 

Name  Paul Gentilozzi
Car #98 JaguarRSR XKR GT
Birth Date February 6, 1950
Birth Place Detroit, Michigan, USA
Nationality American
Residence Lansing, Michigan, USA
Marital Status Married, wife Debbie
Children 2 sons, Tony and John
First Race 1969

 

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Fast Facts

 

  • Paul began road racing in 1981 in the IMSA American Challenge.
  • He won the GTS class at the 1992 12 Hours of Sebring.
  • Earned eight IMSA / Grand-Am victories.
  • Won the 1993 IMSA GTS Manufacturers' Championship with Oldsmobile.
  • Won the overall 1994 Rolex 24 at Daytona with Scott Pruett, Butch Leitzinger and Steve Millen.
  • Won the 2002 Rolex 24 at Daytona in the GTS class with Scott Pruett, Brian Simo and Michael Lauer.
  • Won Trans-Am titles in 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004 and 2006.
  • Ranks first in virtually every Trans-Am performance category, including wins, podiums, top-five and top-ten finishes, race starts, laps led, fastest race laps, lead-lap finishes and total winnings.
  • Only driver to win championships in three different marques: 1998 - Chevrolet; 1999 - Ford; 2001, 2004, 2006 - Jaguar.
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Career Highlights
2010 American Le Mans Series, JaguarRSR – Jaguar XKR GT: confirmed as a full-season co-driver for the #33 JaguarRSR XKR GT entry.
2009 American Le Mans Series, RSR Racing – Jaguar XKR GT2: Debuted car at Petit Le Mans driving demonstration laps…car took first green flag at season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
2006 Trans-Am, Rocketsports Racing – Jaguar XKR: Two race season…One win…One pole…Two podiums…sixth Trans-Am title…Clinched Manufacturers’ Title for Jaguar.  Grand American Rolex Series, Rocketsports Racing – Daytona Prototype Ford Crawford: One race.
2005 Trans-Am, Rocketsports Racing – Jaguar XKR: Nine races…One win, which broke the all-time Trans-Am victory record giving him a total of 33 wins…Two poles…Two podiums…One fastest lap…6th in points.
2004 Trans-Am, Rocketsports Racing – Jaguar XKR: 11 races…Five wins...Five podium finishes…One fastest lap…fourth Trans-Am Title…Clinched another Manufacturers’ Title for Jaguar.
2003 Trans-Am, Rocketsports Racing – Jaguar XKR: Three top-five finishes in four events…One fastest lap.
2002 Driving a Jaguar XKR, Won the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona – GTS Class. Trans-Am, Rocketsports Racing – Jaguar XKR: 12 races…Scored one win from the pole at Long Beach…Posted nine “Fast Five” qualifying efforts…Collected four top-three, eight top-five, and 10 top-ten finishes…finished 3rd in points. 
2001 Trans-Am, Rocketsports Racing – Jaguar XKR: 11 races…Four wins, including three consecutive wins and two flag-to-flag victories…Seven poles…Eight podiums…Six fastest laps…third Trans-Am title…Clinched Manufacturers’ Title for Jaguar.
2000 Trans-Am, Rocketsports Racing – Jaguar XKR: 12 races…Three wins…Four pole positions…Five podium finishes…Three fastest laps…2nd in points.
1999 Trans-Am, Rocketsports Racing – Ford Mustang: 13 races…Six wins (three flag-to-flag victories)…Four poles…Ten podiums…Five fastest laps…second Trans-Am title. 
1998 Trans-Am, Rocketsports Racing – Chevy Corvette: 13 races…Seven wins…10 poles…Eight podiums…Nine fastest laps…won Trans-Am title.
1997 Trans-Am, Rocketsports Racing – Chevy Camaro: 13 races…Three pole positions…Five top-three and eight top-five finishes…One fastest lap…6th in points.
1996 Trans-Am, Rocketsports Racing – Chevy Camaro: 14 races…One win…Four poles…Two podiums, five top-five, and seven top-ten finishes…11th in points.
1995 Trans-Am, Rocketsports Racing – Chevy Camaro: 11 races…Two top-three, five top-five and seven top-ten finishes…Clinched Manufacturers’ title for Chevy…8th in points.
1994 Driving a Nissan GTS: Won the 24 Hours of Daytona…Third in class – 24 Hours of Le Mans.  Trans-Am, Rocketsports Racing – Chevy Camaro: 13 races…Two podiums…Six top-fives and 12 top-tens…One fastest lap…5th in points. 
1993 IMSA GTS, Rocketsports Racing – Oldsmobile Cutlass: Gave Oldsmobile the IMSA GTS Manufacturers’ title…Two GTS wins…One pole...4th in points.  Trans-Am, Robinson (4 races) Rocketsports Racing (2 races) - Chevrolet Camaro: One podium…Four top-fives in six starts. 
1992 IMSA GTS, Rocketsports Racing – Chevrolet Camaro: 11 races…Three IMSA GTS wins…One pole...2nd in points.  Trans-Am, Robinson – Chevy Camaro: Four races…Won at Portland, 2nd at Long Beach, and 3rd at Mid-Ohio…Two fastest laps. 
1991 Trans-Am, Rocketsports Racing – Oldsmobile Cutlass: 15 races…Two poles…Three podiums…Five top-five and eight top-ten finishes…Two fastest laps…9th in points. 
1990 Trans-Am, Rocketsports Racing – Oldsmobile Cutlass: 15 races…Four top-three, five top-five and seven top-ten finishes.
1989 Trans-Am, Rocketsports Racing – Oldsmobile Cutlass: 14 races…One pole position…Four top-five and seven top-ten finishes. 
1988 Trans-Am, Rocketsports Racing – Oldsmobile Cutlass: 13 races…Gave Oldsmobile its first Trans-Am win at Long Beach…Three podium finishes…Five top-five and six top-ten finishes.
1987 Trans-Am, Whitehall Rocketsports – Oldsmobile Toronado: Seven races…Three top-five and five top-ten finishes.  IMSA GTO, Whitehall Rocketsports – Oldsmobile Toronado: Entered four events.
1986 IMSA GTO, Whitehall Rocketsports – Oldsmobile Toronado: 8 races…One podium…Two top-fives and four top-tens.
1985 Founded Rocketsports Racing. Raced in the Kelly American Challenge driving an Oldsmobile Cutlass.
1982 Expanded career from drag-racing to road-racing.
1969 - 1981 Competed in the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) in the Pro-Stock category. Three national titles and records in A-modified, B-modified, C gas and D gas categories.

 

 

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