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Mid-Ohio: K-PAX/3R Racing qualifying report

Pilgrim qualifies K-PAX Volvo S60 4th for Mid-Ohio SPEED GT race Pobst gets stranded on track without a qualifying lap Lexington Ohio (August 7, 2009): Andy Pilgrim, of Boca Raton Florida, qualified the ...

Pilgrim qualifies K-PAX Volvo S60 4th for Mid-Ohio SPEED GT race
Pobst gets stranded on track without a qualifying lap

Lexington Ohio (August 7, 2009): Andy Pilgrim, of Boca Raton Florida, qualified the #8 K-PAX/3R Racing Volvo S60 into the second position for the Toyo Tires World Challenge GT Mid-Ohio Grand Prix Presented by Dish Network with a best lap of 1:26.601. Andy was just 1 tenth behind pole winner Brandon Davis in the ACS Ford Mustang who turned in a best lap of 1:26.497 on his second lap.

"My K-PAX Volvo S60 was perfect today," said Andy Pilgrim. "It was perfect conditions for us today, cloud cover, cool, and we did as well as we could but we just didn't have anything for Davis. No one did. Brandon did a fantastic job today."

In the opening laps Pilgrim moved up from 3rd to 2nd getting the #8 K-PAX Volvo around the Mid-Ohio track in 1:26.800 on lap 2 but Davis had turned his pole winning time just seconds earlier. Pilgrim pitted to cool his tires for a late session attempt at the pole. Andy improved 2 tenths on the final lap of the qualifying session but he was just short of winning his second pole position of the 2009 season.

"I got in a good second lap but I felt that by the end of that lap the tires had already gotten pretty hot and the car started sliding around a bit at the end of the lap," said Pilgrim. "I came in and cooled the tires and went back out late in the session to give it another try but we needed 5 tenths and I didn't think we could do that. We got 2 tenths and got closer so I am very proud of that but that was it."

Pilgrim will start 2nd as pole winner Davis won the coin toss so the top five qualifiers were not inverted for the start of the race.

Randy Pobst, of Gainesville Georgia, and the #1 K-PAX Volvo S60 were suffering the reoccurring transmission problems which left Pobst stuck on course on the first lap.

"We knew we had an issue but had hoped that we could get a lap out of it," said Pobst. "Unfortunately it just wasn't there and it broke. I want to thank the 3R Racing crew for the tough job they have ahead of them replacing the transmission but I know they will do their usual great job. Andy [Pilgrim] did another great job today!"

Pobst will start Sunday's race at the back of the grid but is still looking forward to the race.

"I haven't gotten in many laps this weekend but my K-PAX Volvo is handling great so I am looking forward to the race," said Pobst philosophically. "I think we can move up pretty far to the front, we have the car for it, but in a World Challenge race you never know."

The K-PAX/3R Racing Volvo S60s of Randy Pobst and Andy Pilgrim will take the traditional standing start for Round Seven of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championships at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington Ohio at 11:30 AM Eastern Time on Sunday August 8th 2009. For information about this race and to follow this race via live timing or via audio broadcast go to the World Challenge Web Site at www.World-Challenge.com.

-credit: k-p/3rr

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Drivers Andy Pilgrim , Randy Pobst , Brandon Davis