Pilgrim and Pobst Qualify K-PAX Volvo S60s in 3rd and 5th for SPEED GT race at Mosport Bowmanville Ontario (May 17, 2009): Andy Pilgrim and Randy Pobst qualified their K-PAX/3R Racing Volvo S60s into the 3rd and 5th positions for Round 4 of...
Pilgrim and Pobst Qualify K-PAX Volvo S60s in 3rd and 5th for SPEED GT race at Mosport
Bowmanville Ontario (May 17, 2009): Andy Pilgrim and Randy Pobst qualified their K-PAX/3R Racing Volvo S60s into the 3rd and 5th positions for Round 4 of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championships at Mosport Park in Ontario Canada, part of the Victoria Day Speedfest Weekend. The air temperatures in Ontario were unseasonably cold this morning after a rain filled front moved through the area yesterday but the track was dry and clean and very fast.
Randy Pobst will start the race today from position 1 as the Pole winner Brandon Davis lost the coin toss which inverted the start for the top five qualifiers. It was a bit of irony for Randy Pobst who won the pole position for Round 2 at Long Beach but also lost the toss and had to start that race in 5th.
"It was all a big plan," Pobst joked after learning that he would be starting on the front row. "At Long Beach we won the pole but lost the coin toss and started 5th and today we qualified 5th and Brandon [Davis] lost the toss so we start on the pole. This is great because we have had a very tough weekend."
Andy Pilgrim had the #8 K-PAX/3R Racing Volvo S60 in the top five early in the qualifying session but pitted to make tire pressure adjustments and when he returned to the track Andy qualified the #8 K-PAX Volvo into the 3rd position with a best lap of 1:23.841 as the qualifying session neared the end.
"We adjusted the tire pressures after we ran the first few laps and that helped a lot," said Andy Pilgrim of Boca Raton Florida "The cold air here was really an unknown after yesterday and we made some suspension changes but when I first went out I couldn't get it just right. We weren't sure what the cold air temperatures would do to our setup. Initially the tire pressures weren't right but they got them spot on after I came in and my K-PAX Volvo was great when I went back out.
"It was very cold and really a perfect time to qualify. I think it might get more slippery for the race later this afternoon but perhaps not because the air temperature is very cold so the track should stay fairly consistent. The track should be fast for the race and these cool temperatures will certainly help our Volvos."
Randy Pobst, of Gainesville Georgia, had precious few laps in the #1 K-PAX/3R Racing Volvo S60 going into qualifying due to teething problems that kept him off the track for most of the practice sessions. To make matters worse when Randy took the #1 Volvo on track for his first qualifying lap an electrical issue sent him sputtering to the pits with no worthwhile lap time.
The 3R crew quickly found and solved the problem and got Pobst back onto the track allowing Pobst to move up the qualifying ladder eventually qualifying 5th setting his best lap of 1:24.170 as the checkered flag ended the session.
"I have turned very few laps and the K-PAX/3R crew has been wearing themselves out getting my car ready for me," said Pobst. "They got it together just in time for qualifying but we had another little scare at the beginning of qualifying but the crew fixed that and at the end my K-PAX Volvo S60 ran beautifully. I went out and had to almost drive from my memory banks because I haven't had any practice.
"I think the #1 Volvo was working better that we showed because I didn't want to push it all that hard because I wasn't sure what we had and I wasn't really in my rhythm. But hey, it all worked out and we are starting on the pole and I am going to try to keep the K-PAX Volvo out front as long as I can during the race today."
The K-PAX/3R Racing Volvos of Randy Pobst and Andy Pilgrim will be on track for Round Four of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championships at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville Ontario Canada at 1:20 PM Eastern Time. For information about this race and to follow the race via live timing or via audio broadcast go to the World Challenge Web Site at www.World-Challenge.com.