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NTB Trans-Am: Gnetilozzi on Pole for Minneapolis Race

27 June 1998

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (June 27, 1998) Paul Gentilozzi, of Lansing, Mich., will start on the pole for Sunday's 63-lap, 100.8-mile NTB Trans-Am Series race, part of the Sprint PCS Grand Prix of Minnesota.

Gentilozzi, driving the No. 3 AutoLink Chevrolet Corvette, posted a quick time of 1:19.713 (72.259 mph) to earn his fourth pole of the season. Starting second on the 1.6-mile, 13-turn Minneapolis street circuit will be Brian Simo, in the No. 2 Valvoline for Mustang Cobra, followed by John Miller IV, No. 64 PLC Direct Chevrolet Camaro, Leighton Reese, No. 66 Phillips 66/Banner Engineering Pontiac Grand Prix, and Max Lagod, No. 83 HyperMax Engineering Camaro.

"We try very hard to be the fastest in each session," said Gentilozzi. "It's a competition and so you always want to be fastest it's the ultimate reward. Track position here is very important early on, so we're pleased to be starting up front." Both Reese and Lagod posted their career-best qualifying efforts, earning their first respective NTB Trans-Am Fast Five Qualifying starts. "We've always had confidence," said Reese. "We build and design our own chassis, and it's a car that seems to work real well on these point and squirt street circuits."

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Starters for Sunday's 63-lap, 100.8-mile NTB Trans-Am Series race at the Sprint PCS Grand Prix of Minnesota, with starting position, car number in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car, time and speed in miles-per-hour.

 1. (3), Paul Gentilozzi, Lansing, Mich., Chevrolet Corvette, 1:19.713,72.259.
 2. (2), Brian Simo, Carlsbad, Calif., Ford Mustang Cobra, 1:20.027,71.975.
 3. (64), John W. Miller IV, Johnson City, Tenn., Chevrolet Camaro,1:20.267, 71.760.
 4. (66), Leighton Reese, Minnetonka, Minn., Pontiac Grand Prix, 1:20.405,71.637.
 5. (83), Max Lagod, Barrington, Ill., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:20.563, 71.496.
 6. (23), Bob Ruman, Munroe Falls, Ohio, Chevrolet Camaro, 1:20.636,71.432.
 7. (49), Randy Ruhlman, Greensboro, N.C., Ford Mustang Cobra, 1:20.709,71.367.
 8. (12), Michael Lewis, San Diego, Calif., Ford Mustang Cobra, 1:20.949,71.155.
 9. (8), Bill Saunders, Dallas, Texas, Chevrolet Corvette, 1:20.964,71.142.
 10. (40), Chris Neville, Scottsdale, Ariz., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:21.052,71.065.
 11. (92), Ross Thompson, Phoenix, Ariz., Ford Mustang Cobra, 1:21.084,71.037.
 12. (28), Lou Gigliotti, Garland, Texas, Ford Mustang Cobra, 1:21.722,70.482.
 13. (46), Alessandro Zampedri, Brescia, Italy, Camaro, 1:21.805, 70.411.
 14. (4), Bruce Barkelew, Columbia, Mo., Ford Mustang Cobra, 1:22.199,70.073.
 15. (10), Don Sak, West Bloomfield, Mich., Oldsmobile Cutlass, 1:22.257,70.024.
 16. (00), Rick Lee, Reno, Nev., Ford Mustang Cobra, 1:22.496, 69.821.
 17. (31), Don Meluzio, York, Pa., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:22.508, 69.811.
 18. (5), Brian DeVries, East Grand Rapids, Mich., Chevrolet Camaro,1:22.818, 69.550.
 19. (70), Peter Shea, Newport Beach, Calif., Ford Mustang Cobra,1:23.368, 69.091.
 20. (13), C. David Seuss, Charleston, Mass., Oldsmobile Cutlass,1:23.523, 68.963.
 21. (24), Rick Dittman, Prairie View, Ill., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:23.596,68.902.
 22. (47), Frank Cioppettini, Morristown, N.J., Chevrolet Camaro,1:23.685, 68.829.
 23. (59), Simon Gregg, Jacksonville, Fla., Ford Mustang Cobra, 1:24.777,67.942.
 24. (44), Bruce Qvale, San Francisco, Calif., Ford Mustang Cobra,1:28.350, 65.195.
 25. (45), Glenn'Coach'Andrew, Farmersburg, Ind., Pontiac Grand Prix,1:29.952, 64.034.
 26. (14), Greg Harrison, Greensboro, N.C., Ford Mustang Cobra, no time.
 27. (26), G.T. Payvis, Murfreesboro, Tenn., Chevrolet Camaro, no time.
 28. (39), Craig Shafer, Somerset, Pa., Chevrolet Camaro, no time.
 29. (68), Paul Alderman, New Castle, Del., Ford Mustang Cobra, no time.