A Podium at Long Beach Long Beach, CA (April 20, 2008) - After a caution-plagued but exciting race, Randy finished in second place at the SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT race in Long Beach, CA behind local favorite Brandon Davis. Randy qualified...
A Podium at Long Beach
Long Beach, CA (April 20, 2008) - After a caution-plagued but exciting race, Randy finished in second place at the SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT race in Long Beach, CA behind local favorite Brandon Davis. Randy qualified his #1 K-PAX/3R Racing Porsche 911 GT3 in second place behind Brandon Davis with a best lap time of 1:25.591. At the start, Randy grabbed the lead down the front straight but went off course momentarily in Turn One, almost wrecking the car. A yellow caution flag came out about the same time for a stalled car on the grid.
"I was running so hard that I ran wide in Turn One and skinned the tire wall. Luckily I didn't break anything. I was able to get back on track in sixth place but felt really bad for losing so many positions, especially on a street circuit where its hard to make up. When we went back to green I was able to pass three cars right away and, a few turns after, Andy Pilgrim's Cadillac to get back to second place in less than one lap which made me feel much better."
Randy was never able to overtake Davis again. Three more caution flags flew throughout the race for multiple minor incidents and stalled cars. The final caution fell on lap 26 when a car hit the Turn One wall, causing the race to end under yellow with Davis in first.
"Davis' Mustang had me covered. It was a hot rod that did everything right. Andy Pilgrim's Cadillac also gave me quite a race but with all the caution laps I was able to hold him off for second. My K-PAX/3R Porsche handled way better during the race than in practice. Engineer Will Moody made several adjustments and tweaks and boy did it work. Also, before the race I was able to study lots of Chasecam video which was very helpful This was a great team effort and I am happy to finish second and hold the championship points lead. I would like to thank my personal sponsors Team Janica Racing, Prairie Hills Motorsport Club, Chasecam, and saferacer.com for their continued support."
The Long Beach GT race will air on SPEED Wednesday, April 30 at Noon EST. Round three of the SPEED GT Championship will take place May 16-18 at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah. Check your e-mail on Tuesday for an exciting announcement for next week's VIR race and other future endeavors.
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