The K-PAX/3R Racing Porsches qualify 5th, 6th and 24th for WCGT race in Utah Tooele Utah (May 18, 2007): Randy Pobst, of Gainesville Georgia, and Michael Galati, of Olmstead Ohio, qualified their matching K-PAX/3R Racing Porsche GT3 Cup cars...
The K-PAX/3R Racing Porsches qualify 5th, 6th and 24th for WCGT race in Utah
Tooele Utah (May 18, 2007): Randy Pobst, of Gainesville Georgia, and Michael Galati, of Olmstead Ohio, qualified their matching K-PAX/3R Racing Porsche GT3 Cup cars into the 5th and 6th positions today at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah for Saturday's SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championship race. Robb Holland, of Denver Colorado, qualified his Motorsports Gallery/K-PAX Porsche GT3 into the 24th position.
Under sun filled skies and warmer than usual temperatures for May in northern Utah the GT track record for the four and a half mile Miller track was shattered by pole winner Tommy Archer with a time of 2:54.986. While Pobst's time of 2:56.673 and Galati's time of 2:57.461 were short of that mark the K-PAX/3R Racing Team was very encouraged by their best yet qualifying runs in the 2007 season.
"If you had asked me yesterday I would have been thrilled to have our Porsches in 5th and 6th," said K-PAX team Owner Jim Haughey of Cupertino California. "Of course you are always hoping to do better but the team is working hard and we are improving every race."
"When I saw what Michael turned (for a lap time) I thought that we might be doing OK and then Tommy (Archer) turned in that 54 and I thought so much for that," said 3R Racing's Bob Raub of Denver Colorado. "We just don't have enough straight line speed to keep up with those Corvettes and that Viper!"
Randy Pobst was mildly surprised by his qualifying time and placing.
"A top 5," said Pobst after getting out of his K-PAX Porsche. "Frankly I'm surprised really. Our Porsches are way down on horsepower and we are just getting smoked down this long straightaway by, well all of the other GT cars actually!"
"I made a few little mistakes out there which cost us a couple of tenths but overall we improved the handling and the K-PAX Porsche is getting better," said Michael Galati after his qualifying run. "We made some changes over night and the car improved quite a bit so I am pretty happy with that and I am looking forward to the race."
Michael Galati always seems to look forward to the races as he has improved his finishing position in each of the previous World Challenge GT races finishing 4th in both after qualifying 15th and 7th at Sebring and Long Beach respectively. Randy Pobst is eager to get on the race as well.
"The K-PAX/3R Racing guys have given us great handling cars so I am hoping that that will save our tires and be a big advantage for us in the long run for the race tomorrow," said Pobst.
Denver native Robb Holland had a disappointing qualifying session in terms of his qualifying time and that the session was red flagged early ending his hopes to get in an extra lap, but Holland was very satisfied with his first GT qualifying run in that he is improving greatly with each and every session he has gotten in the #24 MotorsportsGallery.com Porsche.
"It went better than yesterday in practice," said Holland. "We picked up 3 seconds from yesterday and we have picked up 7 or 8 seconds since we've been here so we are going in the right direction.
"This is a new car for me so I'm getting used to a new car on a very difficult track to learn and the team is getting used to setting up a car that works for me. We are using this weekend as a big test weekend to wee where the car needs to be for me to get more comfortable."
Round 3 of SCCA Pro Racing's SPEED World Challenge GT Championship Series will begin on Saturday May 19th at 9:45 a.m. Mountain Time and will be broadcast on SPEED TV on Sunday May 27th at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.