Detroit, Mich., -- Michael Galati finished fourth in round five of the SCCA Pro Racing Speedvision World Challenge GT series run at the Tenneco Grand Prix of Detroit. Teammate Hurley Haywood who is subbing for Derek Bell in the number eight...
Detroit, Mich., -- Michael Galati finished fourth in round five of the SCCA Pro Racing Speedvision World Challenge GT series run at the Tenneco Grand Prix of Detroit. Teammate Hurley Haywood who is subbing for Derek Bell in the number eight Legends of Motorsport Audi S4 finished the 50-minute race in eleventh position.
After getting a great start, thanks to the quattro drive of his Audi S4 Competition, Michael Galati lead the first five laps. The Audi S4 is running with a sizable weight disadvantage and was soon passed by the NSX of Cunningham. With a transmission beginning to fail, Galati was put back to third position by the Porsche of Johannes van Overbeek. On the last turn of the last lap, the Audi lost all drive and had to coast across the finish line where he was passed by the BMW of Jeff McMillin.
Five time Daytona 24-Hour winner Hurley Haywood finished in the same place that he qualified - eleventh. Haywood also had a good start and then was squeezed going into the first corner of the 14-turn island street course. Driving a careful race on a tight track with unfamiliar competitors, Haywood did a great job to bring the Audi S4 home.
Quotes after the race: Michael Galati, Champion Audi/Audi S4 Competition: "I was leading at the start, I was able to hold them off and get that extra point series point. I was just cruising around and was able to stay with the leaders. On the last lap I was going from fourth to fifth gear and lost all drive, we should have finished third."
Hurley Haywood, Legends of Motorsport/Audi S4 Competition: "It was great. I really had a great time even though I finished where I started. I was able to get a great start and move up and then I got squeezed. We were running pretty close to what the leaders were running, but it is difficult to pass in Detroit. The car was great, it is a little heavy so you have to be mindful under breaking, but it was a great time."
The Speedvision race from Detroit will be televised on July 13 at 9:00 p.m. EST on Speedvision. The next race for the Audi S4 crew will be at Sears Point in Sonoma, California on July 21.