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Road America: Champion Racing qualifying notes

Audi Certified Champion RS 6 Duo Claims Front Row at Road America ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (August 21, 2004) - Randy Pobst of Gainesville, Georgia, earned his second pole position this year during the qualifying session for today's SPEED World...

Audi Certified Champion RS 6 Duo Claims Front Row at Road America

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (August 21, 2004) - Randy Pobst of Gainesville, Georgia, earned his second pole position this year during the qualifying session for today's SPEED World Challenge GT Championship Round Eight race at Road America. Pobst's teammate, Michael Galati of Olmstead, Ohio, qualified a close second providing the Audi Certified Champion RS 6 team their third 1-2 start this season.

Driving the No. 1 Certified Audi RS 6, Pobst turned his fastest lap of 2:14.551 (108.306 mph) in the first 5 minutes of qualifying. Several on track incidents early on shortened the usual 20-minute session to a mere 13-minutes. Fortunately Galati in his No. 2 Certified Audi RS 6 was right behind Pobst thus also allowing Galati to get his fast lap 2:14.551 (108.110) early on.

"This is a track that I have raced at for a long time," Galati said attributing his fast qualifying time to track familiarity. "I know this track like the back of my hand. It is one of my favorite tracks." Galati has three wins and three poles in five Road America appearances.

Round Eight of the SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT race takes the green flag today, Saturday, August 21, at 4:10 p.m. (CDT). The race will be broadcast next Sunday, August 29, on SPEED Channel at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Michael Galati (Olmstead, OH). "Qualifying was fantastic because my Certified Audi was so awesome! This crew just keeps improving these RS 6s every race. It was a great run for Audi today."

Randy Pobst (Gainesville, GA). "I'm ecstatic about getting this pole position. After Mosport my crew chief, James Boody, and the rest of the crew worked some magic to get my car back to running at 110%. The speed of this Audi RS 6 right now is more than what I expected."

Louis Milone (RS 6 Team Leader). "All of our hard work from Mosport definitely paid off for us today. The guys have worked several nights all through the night to put Randy's car back together and now we have the results to show for it. The session was definitely in our favor today with the red flag incidents. Most of the other cars had their fast laps aborted whereas we didn't. Being up front and out first is what gave us the 1-2 today."

-cr/audi.us-

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Series PWC
Drivers Randy Pobst , Michael Galati
Teams HART