Hot time in Austin for Randy and his Volvo

The next race for World Challenge will be in Detroit, Mich. for the Cadillac V-Series Challenge at Belle Isle, May 31-June 2.

AUSTIN, Texas – Randy and his No. 6 K-PAX Racing Volvo S60 team traveled to Texas this weekend for a Pirelli World Challenge GT doubleheader at the Cadillac Sports Car Challenge at Circuit of the Americas. COTA's 20-turn road course proved to be a challenge for the K-PAX team, but Randy was able to make the best of it.

#6 K-Pax Racing Volvo S60: Randy Pobst
#6 K-Pax Racing Volvo S60: Randy Pobst

Photo by: Michael Tan

Randy qualified third for Saturday's race and was able to jump into second at the start. Randy fought an exciting battle with James Sofronas' Audi for much of the race, but was eventually passed by Sofronas, and then a fast Andy Pilgrim, to finish fourth.

"COTA is a new and challenging track for World Challenge. We ran the short course which has several slow corners, two fast sweepers, a 140 mph pit straightaway and my favorite, the decreasing Esses. I thought COTA would be suited for our Volvos but instead found out that the hairpins were not the best match.

We qualified well and got a decent start but I had to drive with guys in my mirror that were faster than me the whole race. Fourth was hard earned and I felt good about the race but was worried about Sunday's race."

The No. 6 K-PAX Volvo started in seventh place for today's race, with positions based on Saturday's fastest laps. Randy did not get the best start and was in tenth place at the end of Lap One, but was able to work his way through the field to finish third and on the podium. His pass on lap 19 for fourth was voted the Invisible Glass Clean Pass of the Race.

"Today felt like a win because I didn't expect to improve upon yesterday's finish. I made a mistake shifting at the start and went all the way to neutral. The K-PAX team and Will Moody put a setup on the Volvo for hot weather that really worked and we didn't drop off like the others. I had to put my big boy pants on and put the throttle all the way down in Turn Two, and I went faster than Saturday.

I started to catch people and pass them. There was a late yellow for fluid on the track and on the restart, I passed Ende and almost caught Andy, who actually had a tire going down on the last lap. We almost got him. The podium finish was a wonderful surprise and a credit to the changes the K-PAX team and Will made. Unfortunately, Alex had a rough weekend and lost his cool suit in today's race. It was really hot this weekend!"

"We were very happy to have CEO John Maloney of Volvo North America and three Volvo VIPs from Sweden join us in Texas. I would also like to thank my personal sponsors Saferacer and TPC Racing. I want to congratulate my friend Charlie James from Saferacer who scored three second-place finishes in the Pirelli World Challenge TCB class race.

Next weekend, my girlfriend and business manager Jennifer Drews and I will be heading to Daytona for the Chumpcar race. Jennifer will be driving on an all-women team that will be featured on You Tube MotorTrend Channel's series J-Turn. I am looking forward to a rollicking good time."

The next race for the Pirelli World Challenge will be in Detroit, Mich. for the Cadillac V-Series Challenge at Belle Isle, May 31-June 2.

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Series PWC
Drivers Andy Pilgrim , Randy Pobst , James Sofronas
Teams K-Pax Racing
Article type Race report
Tags austin, cota, randy, scca-wc, volvo