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Paul Gentilozzi

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Paul Gentilozzi
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Born: 6 February 1950

A race car driver.

Biography

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Paul Gentilozzi page on 17 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Paul Gentilozzi 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 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, 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, Justin Wilson, 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. 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. In 2008, the series was acquired by the Indy Racing League.


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
16 November 2002CART FedEx Championship Series: Gran Premio Telmex-GigantePaul Gentilozzi
Chris Pook
17 January 2003Champ Car Media ConferencePaul Gentilozzi
Alex Tagliani
24 March 2003Champ Car Media Conference: Long Beach Town Hall MeetingPaul Gentilozzi
Tommy Kendall
Jim Liberatore
Jim Michaelian
Chris Pook
Alex Tagliani
7 July 2004Champ Car Media ConferencePaul Gentilozzi
Kevin Kalkhoven
Chris Powell
Paul Tracy
Jimmy Vasser
29 November 2005Champ Car Media ConferenceGeorge Bruggenthies
Joe Chrnelich
Paul Gentilozzi
Steve Johnson
24 May 2006Champ Car Media ConferencePaul Gentilozzi
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Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - GMP 13011Gentilozzi Homelink Mustang1:18 scale, #1, Production: 1,000


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