K-PAX/3R Racing Enters Two Champions, Two Volvos in 2009 SPEED GT ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (Jan. 12, 2009) -- K-PAX/3R Racing has announced they will enter the 2009 SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championship with two-time defending Champion...
K-PAX/3R Racing Enters Two Champions, Two Volvos in 2009 SPEED GT
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (Jan. 12, 2009) -- K-PAX/3R Racing has announced they will enter the 2009 SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championship with two-time defending Champion Randy Pobst and 2005 Champion Andy Pilgrim driving a pair of Volvo S60s.
Though the team has won the SPEED GT Drivers' Championship the past two years with Pobst behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 and helped the German marque earn its seventh World Challenge Manufacturers' Championship in 2007, the team could not resist the challenge of a new car. K-PAX owner Jim Haughey has long been enthusiastic about the Volvo brand and 3R has proven to be especially adept at building a car from the frame up.
That's exactly what the team has done with the all-wheel drive 2.5 liter turbo 2009 Volvo S60. The chassis arrived at the 3R shop straight off the assembly line. The crew got to work designing their own components, while working with Mahle USA on motors and Weismann on gearboxes.
"We here at 3R are very excited at the opportunity we have been given to engineer and build all-new cars and bring a new manufacturer back to the series," 3R Racing owner Bob Raub said. "We know that this is not an easy task or one that will not be without its share of problems and failings, but through those problems and failings we will work hard to have success for Jim, Volvo, Randy and Andy."
The change in cars goes hand-in-hand with a driver change. Three-time series Champion (2005, 2007-8) Pobst will be partnered with 2005 SPEED GT Champion Pilgrim in 2009. Pilgrim steps into the cockpit of the Volvo S60 after five seasons driving a Cadillac CTS-V. Pobst starts his third season with K-PAX, searching for his third-consecutive Drivers' Title. Together, Pobst and Pilgrim have combined for 27 poles, 77 top-three finishes and 28 wins.
"HappyNew Year, and whata new year itwill be!" Pobst said. "Fabulous new 3R Racing-built Volvo S60Rall-wheel driveturbo race cars,and a newteammate who is someone for whom I havegreat respect, AndyPilgrim. The newVolvo will be a veryinterestingdevelopment project. I amexcited about being part of anewchallenge; thetesting, thelearning and being part ofa newcreation. I will miss Michael Galati's effervescentpersonality, and I wish him the best in his new endeavors."
"I'm very excited to be working with K-PAX," Pilgrim said. "I have a ton of respect for them, having run against them in several cars, from the original Corvette they were running to the Porsches the last two years.
"At this point in my career I'm looking forward to having a big learning curve with an all-wheel drive race car. That's something I've never driven before and it's been a long time since I've driven a turbo. I'm always up for a challenge. I'm also looking forward to running with Randy. We've run as car-mates and competitors, but we've never run as teammates."
With so much work to be done and parts to fit, the team doesn't anticipate any testing before Sebring. Pobst and Pilgrim will be valuable assets in developing the car throughout the season.
-credit: k-pac racing