Paul Gentilozzi
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Paul Gentilozzi
Paul Gentilozzi
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Born (1950-02-06) February 6, 1950 (age 72)
OccupationRace car driver and businessman

Paul Gentilozzi (born February 6, 1950 in Lansing, Michigan) is a race car driver and businessman. His non-racing business interests are real estate development, principally developing office buildings for institutions and Government Agencies.

Prior to his involvement in motor racing, he received his Business Degree from Michigan State University. In 1985 he founded the successful Rocketsports Racing team that has competed in the Trans-Am series, Champ Car World Series and The International Motorsports Association. As a driver he has won five drivers championships[1] and nine manufacturers championships while holding the Trans Am record for wins, poles, top three finishes and prize monies won. With 31 Trans Am wins, the most in series history, eclipsing the record held by Mark Donohue and 11 IMSA wins. He has run a number of different manufacturers including Oldsmobile, Ferrari, Ford, Nissan, Chevrolet, and most recently Jaguar. Previous to this he was involved in NHRA Drag Racing, successfully driving many Plymouth and Dodge vehicles. In 2009 he formed RSR Racing with his sons Anthony and John Gentilozzi.

He teamed up with three other drivers to win the 1994 24 Hours of Daytona,[2] his biggest win as a driver. He and Scott Pruett won the GTS class at the 2002 Daytona 24 hour event. He has fielded Champ Cars for rookie of the year Timo Glock, Alex Tagliani, Mario Dominguez, Antonio Pizzonia and 2004 Star Mazda series champion Michael McDowell, while running three Trans-Am cars for himself, Hollywood advertising executive/racer Tomy Drissi and that year's series champion Klaus Graf of Germany and Television star Craig T. Nelson.

Gentilozzi and fellow Champ Car owners Gerald Forsythe and Kevin Kalkhoven purchased the assets of Champ Car following a financially difficult 2003 season.[3] Judge Frank Otte ruled in favor of the trio, known as Open Wheel Racing Series LLC, over rival bidder Tony George, the chairman/CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indy Racing League.[4] In 2008, the series was merged with the Indy Racing League.[5][6]

Motorsports career results

NASCAR

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * - Most laps led.)

Winston Cup Series

NASCAR Winston Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 NWCC Pts Ref
1999 Roehrig Motorsports 19 Pontiac DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR TEX BRI MAR TAL CAL RCH CLT DOV MCH POC SON DAY NHA POC IND GLN
DNQ
MCH BRI DAR RCH NHA DOV MAR CLT TAL CAR PHO HOM ATL NA - [7]

References

  1. ^ Erickson, Keith (2017-07-23). "Trans Am History". Trans Am Series.
  2. ^ "Nissan big winners at Rolex 24 hours". Boca Raton News. 1994-02-07. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Buyout of CART set; racing a go for 2004". St. Petersburg Times. 2003-12-16. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Cain, Holly (2004-01-30). "Auto Racing: Portland wins in judge's Open Wheel-IRL decision". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Martin, Bruce (2008-02-20). "IndyCar nears Champ Car resolution". CNN Sports Illustrated. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Report: IRL/Champ Car Merger Deal Done". The Sports Network. 2008-02-19. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Paul Gentilozzi - 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved 2017.



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