Auburn Hills, Mich. Derek Bell and Michael Galati are poised to take their Audi S4s to the modified oval at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for round nine of the Speedvision World Challenge GT Series. The 2.25-mile modified oval circuit is unusual ...
Auburn Hills, Mich. Derek Bell and Michael Galati are poised to take their Audi S4s to the modified oval at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for round nine of the Speedvision World Challenge GT Series.
The 2.25-mile modified oval circuit is unusual because the cars do not use the high bank portion of the track. The layout should favor the quattro drive of the S4.
Galati dropped one place to fifth in drivers' points, with 133 following his 14th place finish at Laguna Seca. Derek Bell moved up from 14th to 12th with 94 points, following his eighth place finish. Audi remains in fourth place in the manufacturers' standings.
Following his best finish of the 2000 season, Derek Bell is ready to take his number 8 Legends of Motorsport/Audi S4 Competition to the front of the field in Las Vegas. After another difficult race at Laguna Seca, teammate Michael Galati is anxious to return his S4 to the top of the finishing charts.
Quotes for Las Vegas: Derek Bell, Legends of Motorsport/Audi S4 Competition: "Judging by the way things went at Laguna, we can do quite well in Vegas, if it is not too warm. Our turbo cars don't like the heat. We are going to try some new components so we should be as competitive if not more. We will have to pay attention to the tires so we don't repeat the problems we had in Texas with the heat and the banking."
Michael Galati, Champion Audi/ Audi S4 Competition: "We are going to roll the dice and see if we have better luck in Vegas. I feel real positive, as a long as we don't spend too much time on the straight. It is a handling track, so we should do well. The times from Laguna were pretty competitive. The championship is still a remote possibility. I would still like to win a race for Audi this year."
Rod Bymaster, manager, Audi Sport North America: "With only two races left in the season, we are focusing on finishing at the front. We still have an outside chance for the championship, but the cars will have to run flawlessly. The track layout in Vegas should suite our cars, so I am looking for another competitive weekend."
<pre> Audi S4 Competition Season: Charlotte Derek Bell qualified 17th and finished 9th Mosport Derek Bell qualified 8th and finished 7th Michael Galati qualified 3rd and finished 2nd Lime Rock Derek Bell qualified 8th and finished 29th Michael Galati qualified 1st and finished 5th Sears Point Derek Bell qualified 8th and finished 5th Michael Galati qualified 3rd and finished 2nd Quebec Derek Bell qualified 14th and finished 25th Michael Galati qualified 10th and finished 20th Texas Derek Bell qualified 17th and finished 24th Michael Galati qualified 13th and finished 11th Atlanta Derek Bell qualified 11th and finished 13th Michael Galati qualified 4th and finished 8th Laguna Seca Derek Bell qualified 6th, finished 6th Michael Galati qualified 2nd, finished 14th