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News   April 10, 2002   by Auto Service World

Jaguar Increases Trans-Am Commitment

Jaguar North America today announced it will expand its popular Trans-Am Series contingency award program.
In addition to continuing last year’s pole award, the 2001 manufacturers’ champion will also add a cash payment to competitors driving Jaguar XKR-bodied cars finishing in first, second and third place in each race.
“There’s a growing number of Jaguar XKR racers in the series, and this sponsorship recognizes those competitors campaigning individually, and waving the company banner throughout the season,” said Sue Callaway, vice president and general manager, Jaguar North America.
“The Series mandates a new narrow-bodied vehicle, and this provides a visual connection between our production Jaguar XKR and the racecar on the track.”
The Jaguar Contingency Award Program will reward Jaguar drivers $5,000 for a win, $3,000 for second, and $2,000 for a third-place finish. Jaguar also will continue to support the Jaguar Pole Award program, which is open to all Trans-Am competitors.
The Pole Award is given to the fastest qualifier in each of the 12 Trans-Am Series races in the form of a key. At the end of the season, one lucky key holder will have an opportunity to start the engine of a Jaguar XKR sports coupe, and drive away with a two-year lease. Paul Gentilozzi of Rocketsports Racing contributed the lion’s share of points to win the 2001 manufacturers’ title for Jaguar and also clinched the drivers’ championship award. Gentilozzi, a three-time Trans-Am champion, has set his sights on a fourth championship for 2002.
Building on last year’s successes, Rocketsports Racing will also provide track support to Johnny Miller (second place in the 2001 drivers’ championship) and Tomy Drissi (former Rookie of the Year). Mike Lewis, American Spirit Racing, will also return this season in his AmeriSuites Jaguar using the new narrow-body design. The Trans-Am Series is the premier form of professional closed-roof performance coupe and sedan road racing in North America.
After 37 years, it is also the longest-running road racing series in North America. The Series runs many of its races in conjunction with the CART FedEx Series, and the American Le Mans Series. The first race of the season will kick off with the Johnson Controls 100 on the streets of Long Beach, Calif., April 14, 2002.

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