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Sears Point: Champion Racing preview

SMYRNA, Ga. (July 23, 2003) -- Champion Racing (Pompano Beach, FL) and SPEED GT World Challenge series leader Randy Pobst will be battling numerous elements this weekend at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA. Infineon Raceway is notorious for hot ...

SMYRNA, Ga. (July 23, 2003) -- Champion Racing (Pompano Beach, FL) and SPEED GT World Challenge series leader Randy Pobst will be battling numerous elements this weekend at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA. Infineon Raceway is notorious for hot weather, multiple twisty, windy turns, and to top it off, Pobst will be carrying an extra 110 pounds on his car.

Pobst has started his Champion Racing Audi RS 6 Competition from the front row and has finished on the rostrum in each of this season's five races.

The SCCA organizers will acknowledge Randy's tremendous effort and point-scoring results with 110 pounds of "rewards" ballast for the 50-minute race on Sunday. This means Randy's all-wheel-drive RS 6 quattro will tip the scales at 3380 pounds. Not an ideal scenario when circulating the undulating, 12-turn, 2.53-mile circuit.

Reigning SPEED GT World Challenge Champion Michael Galati reverts to his regular Audi RS 6 Competition car after having been forced to return to his championship-winning Audi S4 for the last race in Atlanta.

The SPEED GT World Challenge series did not visit the Infineon Raceway last year, however two years ago, Micheal Galati achieved a second place finish.

Driver quotes:

Michael Galati (43). Born: Alcaralifusi, Messina, Sicily. Lives: N. Olmsted, Ohio:

"I'll be back in my regular RS 6 which has now been repaired following my crash in testing at Moroso prior to last race in Atlanta. That is the good news, especially in that the RS 6 felt real good with its various improvements the last time I drove it. The bad news is that Sears is unlikely to do us any favors. You need a 'light' car there and although we have a powerful and reliable car, it's heavy - even without the ballast Randy is carrying."

Randy Pobst (46). Born: Dayton, Ohio. Lives: Gainesville, Georgia:

"I've always loved Sears - and I arrive in the points lead. It features 'roller-coaster' like hills and a wide variety of fast and slow corners. Our Audis should be very good coming off of the tricky, slippery last corner, turn eleven but there's not much in the way of straight-aways. For this reason, and the fact that it's not likely to rain this time of year in the Sonoma region, I have to say it is the least favorable of the circuits on the World Challenge tour for our big Audis. My goal is to 'survive' with a healthy point haul."

Louis Milone, Champion Racing's RS 6 Team Leader:

"Minimal damage was incurred in Michael's accident in testing - we only needed to replace the rear trunk floor and left side inner and outer fender panels. Our development program continues and since Atlanta we've been refining the braking system with Alcon. Sears Point has not always been a great quattro race track but we will do our best to stay afloat."

2003 Speed GT World Challenge -- Driver's Standings (after 5 races)

1.   Randy Pobst, Audi RS 6 Competition.  141-points

2. Phil McClure, Corvette Z06. 129
3. Bill Auberlen, BMW M3. 128
4. Hans Stuck, BMW M3. 98
5. Mike Fitzgerald, Porsche 911. 84
6. Justin Marks, BMW M3. 83

14. Michael Galati, Audi RS 6 Competition. 47

-cr-

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Drivers Bill Auberlen , Randy Pobst , Michael Galati , Justin Marks , Phil McClure