Thunder and Lightning in Jersey Milleville, NJ (September 27, 2008) - Randy and his ...
Thunder and Lightning in Jersey
Milleville, NJ (September 27, 2008) - Randy and his #1 K-PAX/3R Racing Porsche 911 GT3 team finished a satisfying seventh in round nine of the 2008 SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT Championship at Thunderbolt Raceway. This 14-turn, 2.25-mile road course is new this year. On Friday, Randy qualified the car in fifth position on a damp but drying track. He was able to move up a position on the grid due to a late qualifying crash by the fourth place car who had to go to a back-up car at the back of the grid. Teammate Michael Galati qualified in sixth position and Andy Pilgrim, Randy's challenger for the championship, started in third. Randy was able to stay in contention during the race but wanted to run a clean, safe race to preserve his points lead.
"I am actually happy with a seventh place finish given the situation. I feel like our K-PAX team got what we could out of our car today with the 190 lbs of "rewards" weight we were carrying. The Porsche handled well and drove well. I was conservative in traffic to protect our points lead. I knew as long as I was close to Andy, I would stay in the lead and that was the goal. The new track was enjoyable to drive with several fast corners and then several tighter corners for a nice variety. It didn't have much change in elevation but it did have one jump which was fun."
"The beginning of the race had a lot of action. First my teammate Mike Galati passed me in the first corner and then Eric Curran, in the Corvette, passed both myself and Mike but later broke. In the middle of the race, I was content to stay in contention at the rear of the lead pack. During the long green stretch, the Vipers caught me and I was more interested in finishing the race than fighting with them. Then we had a full course caution with two laps to go which is hairy because everyone is desperate. I got whacked by the guy in front of me but survived. There were some anxious moments. We are going into the finale with a good lead but anything can happen."
"I would like to congratulate James Sofronas on his first ever SPEED World Challenge win. It was well earned. I would also like to thank my personal sponsors Team Janica Racing, Prairie Hills Motorsport Club, ChaseCam, and saferacer.com for their continued support."
Andy Pilgrim finished third which brought Randy's Drivers' Championship lead to 92 points (901) over Pilgrim (809). The Road Atlanta finale has a maximum of 122 points available. Congratulations to Porsche. With James Sofronas' win, Porsche has clinched the SPEED GT Manufacturers' Championship. The Thunderbolt World Challenge GT race will air on SPEED Wednesday, Oct. 15 at noon (ET). The World Challenge GT finale will be at Road Atlanta this coming Friday, October 3. The KONI Challenge Series ST finale will be at Virginia International Raceway on Saturday, October 4 at 2:00 PM. It should make for a busy, exciting and hopefully successful weekend for Randy. Keep your fingers crossed!
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