ABOUT JAGUAR RSR
In the spring of 2009, Paul Gentilozzi and his sons, Tony and John, founded RSR in partnership with Jaguar Cars Ltd. to build and race the Jaguar XKR in the American Le Mans Series GT class and to develop aftermarket performance parts for Jaguar cars in North America.
Gentilozzi’s relationship with Jaguar dates back to 2000 when he built and raced Jaguar XKRs in the North American Trans-Am Series. In their tenure together 66 starts were made, 31 of those resulted in team wins with an additional four victories by chassis/customer cars. This led to five Manufacturers’ and five Drivers’ Championships from 2000 – 2006 with Paul Gentilozzi, Scott Pruett and Klaus Graf.
The Jaguar XKR was also entered in the famed 24 Hours of Daytona, where it earned the pole and win in the GTS Class (2002).
RSR Co-founder Paul Gentilozzi is both a business man and a world class sportscar driver. He is a confirmed in the lineup for the #33 Jaguar RSR XKR GT entry in 2010. Take a look at some key facts about Paul Gentilozzi:
- Paul began road racing in 1981 in the IMSA American Challenge.
- He won the GTS class at the 1992 12 Hours of Sebring.
- Earned eight IMSA / Grand-Am victories.
- Won the 1993 IMSA GTS Manufacturers' Championship with Oldsmobile.
- Won the overall 1994 Rolex 24 at Daytona with Scott Pruett, Butch Leitzinger and Steve Millen.
- Won the 2002 Rolex 24 at Daytona in the GTS class with Scott Pruett, Brian Simo and Michael Lauer.
- Won Trans-Am titles in 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004 and 2006.
- Ranks first in virtually every Trans-Am performance category, including wins, podiums, top-five and top-ten finishes, race starts, laps led, fastest race laps, lead-lap finishes and total winnings.
- Only driver to win championships in three different marques: 1998 - Chevrolet; 1999 - Ford; 2001, 2004, 2006 - Jaguar.
Marc Goossens has joined the 2010 Jaguar RSR team to compete in a full-season American Le Mans Series’ championship. Goossens is originally from Belgium but is currently living in North Carolina as his racing career has lead him to North America. Here are some essential facts about this experienced sportscar driver.
- Mark began his racing career in go-karts claiming four championship titles and finishing 3rd in the 1989 World Championship.
- He competed in Formula Ford in 1990 and won the 1991 British Formula Ford Championship as well as the Formula Ford Festival.
- Competed in the British Formula Three Championship in 1992 and in 1993 finished third in points.
- From 1994 - 1996 he drove in the FIA F3000 Championship and in the equivalent Japanese Formula Nippon.
- In between he drove in multiple endurance races and has nine starts under his belt at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
- From 2001 - 2006 he regularly competed in the Belcar Championship, winning the title in 2002 and 2005.
- Starting 2006, he explored new challenges in North America by entering single events in NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Nextel Cup.
- In 2007 and 2008 he competed in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series in the Daytona Prototype class.
- Holds the record of four wins (1997, 1998, 2005, 2007) in the Zolder 24 Hours race along with Vincent Dupont and Anthony Kumpen.
Ryan Dalziel was signed up this year to join the 2010 lineup. Dalziel is one of Scotland’s leading professional racing drivers with an impressive track record of success. The 27-year-old represented Scotland and the United Kingdom at the highest level of sports car competition. Here are a few key facts about Ryan Dalziel.
- Ryan won the 2010 '24 Hours of Daytona'.
- Ryan is one of Scotland’s leading professional racing drivers with a track record of success forged in the ultra-competitive junior formulas in Britain and honed further through to the very highest levels of both open-wheel racing and sports car competition in North America and Europe.
- Ryan has represented Scotland and the United Kingdom at the highest level of sports car competition, earning podium finishes in both the American Le Mans Series and Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series.
- 2008 saw Dalziel grace the top step of the Grand-American Sports Car Series podium for the first time having claimed his first Daytona Prototype victory at California’s Laguna Seca track. The previous season Dalziel finished runner-up in the illustrious ‘Rolex 24 at Daytona’ – the American equivalent to the ’24 Hours of Le Mans’.
- 2007 saw Ryan compete in the Champ Car World Series, in doing so becoming only the second Scottish driver to compete in the series following in the footsteps of Dario Franchitti. As a Champ Car rookie, and competing for a team new to the series as well, Ryan had a total of six top-ten finishes from eleven starts made – including leading laps at the Toronto Grand Prix.
- Ryan’s first-ever career start in the Champ Car World Series, a one-off entry at the 2005 Toronto Grand Prix; he scored a top-ten points paying finish on his debut, ninth overall, despite just one day of testing prior to the race.
- Twice a finalist in the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award, Ryan was awarded the ‘Ecurie Ecosse Trophy’ in 1999, presented to the most impressive Scottish racer of the season, and in 2004 he won the ‘Gilles Villeneuve Trophy’, traditionally given to the driver in the Toyota Atlantic series possessing the most star quality and ability.
- Ryan has represented a number of well respected International firms over his 18 year career including Highland Spring Natural Mineral Water, Hayton Coulthard Freight Forwarding Ltd, Scotlands Daily Record Newspaper, Playboy Magazine, Plain Jane Couture Clothing, Yokohama Tire Corporation, Bridgestone Tires, Menards Home Improvement, Sparco, Vonage Internet Phone Company, FORD, Pontiac, General Motors, Toyota, BMW, Porsche, CITGO, Molecule, Cigarette Boats, Bell Helmets, Toronto SUN, Edmonton SUN, Rangers Football Club, Albert Bartlet and current 2009 support from Gatorade and Stratigic Air.