Pobst, Galati and the K-PAX/3R Porsches looking to keep Porsche on top at Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin (August 7, 2008): The K-PAC/3R Racing Team and the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championships continue their tour of...
Pobst, Galati and the K-PAX/3R Porsches looking to keep Porsche on top at Road America
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin (August 7, 2008): The K-PAC/3R Racing Team and the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championships continue their tour of the finest road racing courses in North America as Randy Pobst and Michael Galati will race their Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars in the Road America SPEED GT Presented by Remington here in the gently rolling hills around the sleepy Wisconsin resort town of Elkhart Lake.
The last time Pobst and Galati competed as a team here at Road America was in 2004 when Galati and his Champion Audi RS6 held off the pole sitting Audi of Pobst to win his 3rd World Challenge race here in Wisconsin. Pobst was a close second. Galati scored another GT win for Audi at Road America in 2002 on his way to winning the GT championship.
Pobst, whose only World Challenge win here at Road America win came over a decade ago, is hoping accomplish some of that Galati magic this weekend to help maintain his slim 13 point lead over Andy Pilgrim. After Randy's repeat win at Watkins Glen in June GT Points' leader Randy Pobst and Michael Galati are hoping to find a way counteract only acceptable finishes at Mid-Ohio as Pobst's 6th place finish was his worst of the 2008 campaign.
"Despite recent adjustments and the added REWARDS weight my Porsche is a great handling car," said Pobst. "We are up against very tough competition here in SPEED GT and considering that our competition has 50 to 100 percent bigger engines and their cars weigh about the same as our Porsches which are amazingly fast which is a credit to both Porsche and the K-PAX/3R Racing crew.
"I think if we can finish in the top five that will be good for us on this track given where our competition is right now," said Pobst. "But, I am extremely to have Porsche on top of the heap for the Manufacturers' Championship and happy to be in the lead for the Drivers' Championship and we plan on doing everything we can to hang on to that."
"I have won a lot of races here at Road America and I simply love this place, it is one of the best race tracks anywhere, but it is hard to say that we have a chance of winning because we are at a little bit of a disadvantage here," said Michael Galati with his usual casual smile.
"Our K-PAX/3R racing guys have given us great handling Porsches but those long straights are tough for us against those big V-8s and the advantage the Porsche used to have under braking is gone because our cars weigh about the same and they have ABS and they have larger tires.
"But we will give it everything we have and see how things work out on Sunday. It ought to be interesting."
"Road America is a great and classic natural terrain circuit and I love racing here because this track has some really great and challenging turns," agreed Pobst. "How can you not love racing a Porsche on a great track like Road America?"
Randy Pobst leads the GT points' chase by 13 over Andy Pilgrim (503 to 490) with Brandon Davis third with 455. Michael Galati is in 4th with 404. The K-PAX/3r Racing Team has Porsche atop the Manufacturers' Championship Presented by Racer Magazine with 31 points as Cadillac is 2nd with 29 and Ford is 3rd with 28.
Pobst and Galati and the rest of the GT competitors will qualify for Round 6 of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championship Presented by Remington here at Road America at 12:10 pm Central Time on Saturday August 9th with the exciting 50 minute sprint race scheduled to start at 2:45 pm Central Time on Sunday June 10th.
The race can be seen on SPEED TV on Thursday August 20th at 12:00 pm Eastern Time.
For addition information about the K-PAX/3R Racing Porsches got to our web site at www.kpakracing.com and for more info about the World Challenge Series and live timing results for Round 6 at Road America go to the World Challenge web site at www.World-Challenge.com.