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Puerto Rico: Audi Touring Car qualifying notes

Randy Pobst drives his Champion Racing Audi RS 6 to pole position at the Puerto Rico Grand Prix. SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (October 25, 2003) -- Randy Pobst (Gainesville, GA) captured his third SPEED World Challenge GT pole of the 2003 season...

Randy Pobst drives his Champion Racing Audi RS 6 to pole position at the Puerto Rico Grand Prix.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (October 25, 2003) -- Randy Pobst (Gainesville, GA) captured his third SPEED World Challenge GT pole of the 2003 season putting him one point closer to the Drivers' Championship which will be decided in Sunday's Puerto Rico Grand Prix season-ending race. Teammate Michael Galati (Olmsted, OH) will be right behind Pobst in third position.

Driving the No. 2 Champion Audi RS 6 sponsored by local Audi dealer Gomez Hermanos Kennedy, Inc., Pobst ripped off the fastest lap all weekend on his first tour of the 1.6-mile temporary airport circuit with a time of 1:08.692 (83.852 mph). The lap stood up to the challenge on a blistering hot day where the heat index was 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

"My Champion Audi is always fastest when everything on the car is cool," Pobst said. "It is fast when the engine is cool, the tires are cool, the brakes are cool and the driver is cool. The car is a good qualifier as it has been all year. However, the race is going to be a different story. It is going to be a very tough battle. Those BMW's do not fade as much as we do and the Corvette of Phil McClure is stronger than ever. But, we are going to lead the early laps. I guarantee you that."

Pobst can clinch the Drivers' Championship with a sixth place finish or better, even if Auberlen wins the race and leads the most laps. The Manufacturers' Championship will likely come down to whichever car finishes in front, be it a BMW or an Audi.

The Champion Racing team is proud to be sponsored this weekend by Audi dealer Gomez Hermanos Kennedy, Inc., and its President, Victor M. Gomez lll. The dealership logo is featured prominently on the hood of each car and the drivers and crew proudly wear the emblem on their suits and uniforms.

The SPEED World Challenge GT race is set to make its standing start at 10:45 a.m. (AST) Sunday, October 26. SPEED Channel will provide tape-delay of this race on Saturday, November 15 at 5:00 p.m. (EST)

Driver quotes:

Randy Pobst: "I was really focused during this qualifying session. I knew I needed to get a good lap in and get the Audi up front. The quattro traction is a real secret weapon on this temporary circuit because the grip is not good coming off the slow corners. I'm real happy to be representing Gomez Hermanos Kennedy this weekend and to give them and Audi the pole."

Michael Galati: "I had a great first lap but unfortunately on my flying lap, Mike Fitzgerald's Porsche was ahead of me and locked it up in the chicane and blocked me. He held me up so I decided to come in and rest the brakes and tires and let the car cool off, but since we had first and third position at that time, the team decided to keep our cars in the pits. I think it was a good decision by the team since we are vying for the Championship this weekend. "

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Drivers Randy Pobst , Michael Galati , Phil McClure