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Road America: K-PAX/3R Racing qualifying report

Pobst, Galati qualify their K-PAX/3R Porsches in 8th and 11th at Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin (August 9, 2008): The K-PAC/3R Porsches of Randy Pobst and Michael Galati suffered from a severe case of drive-by during qualifying for...

Pobst, Galati qualify their K-PAX/3R Porsches in 8th and 11th at Road America

Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin (August 9, 2008): The K-PAC/3R Porsches of Randy Pobst and Michael Galati suffered from a severe case of drive-by during qualifying for Round 6 of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championships on the long straights here at Road America in Elkhart Lake Wisconsin.

Randy Pobst, of Gainesville Georgia, qualified his #1 K-PAX/3R Racing Porsche 911 GT3 in 8th with a time of 2:16.879 for an average speed of 106.464 miles per hour over the long and spacious Road America track.

"I really enjoy this Road America track and I thought I put down a good one and that was all we had," said Pobst. "I had a little push in the Kink so if anything could have been better it would have been in the Kink. It is a 5th gear 125 miles-per-hour corner and my Porsche has been really aggressive there all weekend but today she didn't want to turn quite as much as I would have liked. That was probably due to having a light fuel load.

"I am happy with my performance, the team's performance and My Porsche ran flawlessly but the Porsche is in a bad place right now as far as the rules go. We are racing a small 6 cylinder against V-8s, V-10's and V-12's and the cars all weigh about the same and it is very difficult for us to beat them right now."

Randy Pobst managed to maintain the Championship Points' lead but Andy Pilgrim narrowed the lead to 7 by qualifying 3rd so for Pobst the race on Sunday will be a matter of damage control in an effort to track down Pilgrim's powerful Cadillac in Randy's Porsche.

"I am still in the points' lead, which is fantastic, and it is going to be an interesting race," said Pobst. "It is going to be a tricky race because we have so much less power so it is hard for us to pass anybody.

"Normally the longer the race goes green the better because of my consistency, the level of preparation of this K-PAX/3R Racing team and the reliability of the Porsche. My Porsche handles better over the long run because we have an excellent crew chief in Will Moody and great car-chief Paul so we want to wear them down over the long run. A green race will definitely work to our advantage."

Michael Galati, of Olmstead Ohio, qualified his #23 K-PAX/3R Racing Porsche GT3 in 11th position with a time of 2:17.440.

"I am disappointed," said Michael Galati of his qualifying run. "The K-PAX/3R Racing crew did a great job with the car and I think we had a good car for qualifying. My Porsche was the best it had been all week and I could have been right there but I came out of turn 14 and locked up and came into the turn too fast and turned sideways and got the car sideways.

"That was all she wrote for that lap and it was basically my fault. I don't think I had anything for the top five anyway because those V-8s and V-10s are just killing us on the straight-a-ways. I think we are down so much going down the straights I think we are trying a bit too hard in the corners and it hurt me today.

"You really have to try to take advantage of that one magic lap the Toyo tires give you and I got it 99 percent right but that 1 percent hurt me today. It is tough but that is the way it is because we only get that one lap."

Pobst and Galati and the rest of the GT competitors will take their traditional standing start for Round 6 of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championship Presented by Remington here at Road America 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.

-credit: www.kpakracing.com

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Drivers Randy Pobst , Michael Galati