St. Petersburg, FL (March 28, 2010) - Randy and his K-PAX/3R Racing Volvo S60 team proved that the development year was over Saturday, when they won the first race of the season opening 2010 SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT double-header weekend at...
St. Petersburg, FL (March 28, 2010) - Randy and his K-PAX/3R Racing Volvo S60 team proved that the development year was over Saturday, when they won the first race of the season opening 2010 SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT double-header weekend at the street course in St. Petersburg! Randy dominated practice and qualifying, starting on the pole for both races, and led flag-to-flag in the new three-class combined format. Randy got a great launch on the standing start and never looked back. This win ties him for third on the all time win list with former teammate Mike Galati.
"Saturday's race was a dream race for me. Our start was perfect. Our handling and braking were much better than last year. The car was very well prepared. Some of our competitors had problems also which made it easier for us. It was the perfect race and we are going to do that again soon."
Sunday morning's race did not go quite as well. Randy started on the pole but the car didn't have the start it had on Saturday. The Volvo was also run into from behind going into Turn One, although the hit didn't seem to affect the car's raceability. In third, Randy set his sights on teammate Andy Pilgrim and the first place Porsche and was in contention until the water temperature started fluctuating. Randy was forced to pit and lost two laps. After not finding a major problem with the car, he was able to continue and finished in fourteenth place in class, running the fastest lap of the race on lap 23.
"We have the satisfaction and frustration of being the fastest car in the race although it doesn't show in the results. The car bogged on the start and was running a little funny. Something with the start program just didn't work properly which is a shame since it started so perfectly on Saturday. I was waiting for an opportunity to get out front and felt I could pass the Porsche, but the water temps started to go up. It was very frustrating to discover that it was most likely a bad temperature sensor and the car was just appearing to run hot. Its just one of those things."
"I want to really thank the K-PAX crew for the many long days they spent getting the cars ready for this race. It was a Herculean effort. I was very impressed with the improvement of the brakes and handling. The Volvos are show pieces and come to the track ready to race. We are going to work on the start gremlins but we are off to a great beginning. I would also like to thank my personal sponsors WeatherTech, ChaseCam, saferacer.com, Team Janica Racing and Prairie Hills Motorsport Club for their continued support this season."
Teammate Andy Pilgrim finished second in the first race and third in the second race, proving that the K-PAX/3R Racing Volvos are a major threat in the 2010 season. The team leaves St Pete with Randy in third place and Andy in second place in the championship standings. Both St Pete races will be broadcast April 18 at 2 PM (ET) on Versus. Randy's next SPEED World Challenge GT race will be April 16-18 on the Streets of Long Beach. Randy's Continental Tire Series ride is up in the air at this time after co-driver Andrew Novich left the Irish Mike's team to drive in another series. Randy is working on a new deal that should be announced shortly.
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