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Jaguar Enters ALMS GT2, Finally

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On: Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 11:03AM | By: John Welch


Jaguar Enters ALMS GT2, Finally

Announced in January, the Rocket Sports Racing Jaguar XKR GT2 was scheduled to debut mid-season, but a series of technical issues have delayed the car's maiden race. Joining a host of exotic machinery already planning on running the Petit Le Mans, the Jaguar is the ninth manufacturer-supported car racing in the GT2 class; there are fourteen cars entered. The ridiculous amount of fantastic competition now racing GT2 might make one forget about the now-defunct GT1 class.

“It has been difficult to be out of competitive racing for nearly a year,” said RSR team owner Paul Gentilozzi. “We are most fortunate to be able to return to what we know - winning sports car championships. In particular, winning them in Jaguars. We haven’t spent our time idly; we’ve focused on engineering and construction of the Jaguar XKR. The luxury of time that we traditionally don’t have in this process has been a great asset. We feel like our work with both the American Le Mans Series and the ACO will give us a car that is number one: competitive on the track, number two: representative of Jaguar’s racing history, and number three: economically viable for customers in the GT2 series around the world.”

The car is currently undergoing shake-down testing in preparation for the race weekend, starting September 23rd. at Road Atlanta. Rocket Sports Racing team owner Paul Gentilozzi will be one of the drivers, along with as yet to be named "veteran sports car drivers".

Source: Speedtv.com


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