Teammates Wittmer and Cunningham Quickest in SPEED Touring Car Pobst Fastest in SPEED GT Practice at Road Atlanta BRASELTON, Ga. (Sept. 23, 2009) -- Randy Pobst, of Gainesville, Ga., turned the top time in this morning's SCCA Pro Racing...
Teammates Wittmer and Cunningham Quickest in SPEED Touring Car
Pobst Fastest in SPEED GT Practice at Road Atlanta
BRASELTON, Ga. (Sept. 23, 2009) -- Randy Pobst, of Gainesville, Ga., turned the top time in this morning's SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT practice at Road Atlanta, in preparation for this week's Toyo Tires Road Atlanta Grand Prix Presented by Dish Network. SPEED GT Championship point leader Brandon Davis, of Huntington Beach, Calif., and teammate Boris Said, of Carlsbad, Calif., were second and third, respectively.
Pobst top the speed chart with a 1:26.563 (105.634 mph). According to Pobst, his all-wheel drive No. 1 K-PAX Racing Volvo S60 was very quick through the curvy parts of the track, but a bit slower on the straights.
"I had a feeling that the Volvo would be well-suited to half of Road Atlanta -- the curvy half," Pobst said following qualifying. "Road Atlanta is like two tracks. It has fast Esses going out to the back [of the track] to Turn Seven and then straight all the way back [to the front straight]. Our Volvos have run well all year. But, we are in a position where we have less power than anybody else. We are the slowest car on the straightaway because we handle so well. It helps keep balance in the class. So, the straightaway is not our best place -- which is half of this track.
"So, I am very pleased to be turning good laps. Will Moody and K-PAX bring the car off the trailer ready to go. For me, the good news is I think it can get better and I hope I am right. The all-wheel drive makes the Volvo really stable and stability is really important at Road Atlanta because it [the track] is so fast and hilly. I have a lot of confidence driving the car and I think that's where the speed is coming from right now."
Friday, Pobst hopes capture his second win of the season in front of the hometown crowd.
Defending race winner Davis turned the second fastest time this morning with a 1:27.209 (104.851 mph). Driving the No. 10 Applied Computer Solutions/SunMicro Ford Mustang GT, Davis has one win and six podium finishes in eight races this season.
Said, who makes his return to SPEED World Challenge competition for the first time since 2004, did not waste any time turning fast laps. In fact, Said powered the No. 3 Applied Computer Solutions Ford Mustang Cobra to the third quickest time, with a 1:27.227 (104.830 mph). The NASCAR star's last World Challenge race was at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca where he finished second.
James Sofronas, of Newport Beach, Calif., turned the fourth fastest time in his No. 14 Global Motorsports Group Porsche 911 GT3, with a 1:27.280 (104.766 mph). Eric Curran, of East Hampton, Mass., was fifth with a 1:27.407 (104.614 mph) in the No. 30 Whelen Engineering Chevrolet Corvette.