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Why Gentilozzi chose CART.

Of his own position and role Gentilozzi said. “What I'm trying to bring here is motivation,” he said. “I can't bring expertise because I don't have it. So what I've got to do is bring a spirit to competition, which I hope is the best thing I have, and a desire to put forth the right kind of effort. If I can infect the other people with that, then I will have accomplished my responsibility.”

Despite being the new kids on the block, Gentilozzi will be attacking from day one. “Yes, I am competitive,” he said. “There's never a hidden agenda or meaning. When I go to a race, I go to win. I never apologize for competing. Some people do. It's strange, but some people go and they want everybody to like them and they want everybody to be friends. To me, that's the wrong thing to be when you go racing. I mean, I've made a world of friends, but we have a little saying, 'We're not here to make friends. We can afford to bring our own."

“That's really the way you have to go to the racetrack. Maybe I've mellowed. We change as people. I'm not perhaps as confrontational as I used to be. I have a real sense of fairness. Maybe it's my view, but I'm great when everybody is treated fairly, and I'm not real easy to get along with when somebody is trying to take advantage ... I have a tendency to be pretty direct.”

Gentilozzi's presence in CART is sure to cause some fireworks at some point during the season. “Drama is what peaks human emotion,” Gentilozzi explained. “In real racing, the inherent risks create drama. The competition between two or more people creates conflict. That conflict creates emotion and drama. That's what racing is. So we need risk and we need conflict. It makes a good book. It makes a good play. It makes a good movie. It makes a good race.

“When we don't have those things, it gets pretty boring. No matter where you are, whether you're watching G-Production at the runoffs, the Daytona 500 or the Long Beach CART race, we need those elements. Sometimes, you've got to manipulate or push buttons to get 'em. Maybe that's one of the things I bring.”


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