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Watkins Glen: K-PAX/3R Racing qualifyng report

Pobst and Pilgrim qualify K-PAX Volvo S60s in 6th and 7th at Watkins Glen Watkins Glen, New York (July 3, 2009): After the K-PAX/3R Racing Volvo S60s set the pace in the morning practice session at Watkins Glen Randy Pobst and Andy Pilgrim both...

Pobst and Pilgrim qualify K-PAX Volvo S60s in 6th and 7th at Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen, New York (July 3, 2009): After the K-PAX/3R Racing Volvo S60s set the pace in the morning practice session at Watkins Glen Randy Pobst and Andy Pilgrim both had difficulties during their qualifying runs for Round Five of SCCA Pro Racing's SPEED World Challenge GT Championships settling for 6th and 7th on the starting grid for Saturday's race.

After recording a best lap of 1:55.927 in the morning session Randy Pobst, of Gainesville Georgia, struggled to find the balance and grip that had come so easy in the morning. Pobst recorded a best lap time of 1:57.246. Series points' leader Brandon Davis won the pole position with a best lap of 1:55.463.

"The beautiful handling we had in practice just disappeared," said Randy Pobst. "I was working really hard for times that just weren't all that impressive, so I'm very disappointed. We made some tiny adjustments but I can't imagine that it would throw us off that far. We are going to have to go in and see what went wrong and fix it for the race.

"I felt that the grip was far better this morning on nasty old tires. We thought that we were going to fly and the exact opposite happened. We went in thinking we would be near the top and I would up working hard for mediocre times. It is just a mystery at the moment and it is now up to Will Moody and the boys. I just cannot hide my disappointment right now but I have confidence that these K-PAX/3R Racing guys will get it right for the race."

Andy Pilgrim, of Boca Raton Florida, struggled through the session due to transmission problems that made down shifting his car nearly impossible. Andy qualified 7th with a best lap time of 1:57.695.

"We had some shifting issues, I couldn't down shift," said Andy Pilgrim. "We don't have a lot of spares right now so we parked it because we didn't want to absolutely destroy it. Hopefully we haven't destroyed it [the transmission] and we can fix it and race it tomorrow. Unfortunately fixing it is an 8 or 9 hour job. It is just a huge job and you hate to see it because the crew just had to do it on Randy's car last night."

Fortunately the K-PAX 3R Racing crew was able to repair the transmission for Pilgrim's #8 K-PAX Volvo S60 using parts from the malfunctioning transmission that had taken out of Pobst's #1 K-PAX Volvo the night before so it is expected that Pilgrim, who is presently 3rd in the Drivers' Championship, will be able to compete in Saturday's race.

"After the transmission problems Randy [Pobst] had yesterday and Andy's [Pilgrim] transmission problems today we simply couldn't see having Randy go out and pound on the car to try to improve his time," said Bob Raub of 3R Racing. "We need to think about finishing the race tomorrow. Quite frankly we are running out of parts."

The K-PAX/3R Racing Volvo S60s of Randy Pobst and Andy Pilgrim will race for the win in Round Five of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championships at Watkins Glen International Raceway in Watkins Glen New York at 6:00 PM Eastern Time on Saturday July 4th 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: kpax/3rr

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Drivers Andy Pilgrim , Randy Pobst , Brandon Davis