Alton, VA (September 12, 2010) - Randy and his ...
Alton, VA (September 12, 2010) - Randy and his #6 K-PAX Racing Volvo S60 team returned to VIRginia International Raceway Saturday for the World Challenge GT Championship doubleheader and left both races victorious in more ways than one. Randy, as current points leader, received the pole after a red flag wiped out qualifying when rain caused a Porsche to run off track and damage the tire barriers. Randy led Kuno Wittmer and Andy Pilgrim early in the race, but when rain began to fall around the track, Kuno spun out and Randy went on to his fourth World Challenge win of the season! Andy eventually got passed but finished on the podium in third. Randy had an exciting moment as he ran up on lapped traffic and split the two cars near the start/finish line, earning him the MTM Special Ops Watch Move of the Race. After the first race, Randy needed a finish of fifth or better to clinch the World Challenge GT Driver's Championship and Volvo could clinch the Manufacturers' title if it scored two more points than Porsche in the next race. Things were looking up.
After having gearbox problems in Saturday's race, Andy Pilgrim switched to an older back-up car and captured the pole for the second race of the weekend. With Randy right behind him in third on the grid, the two Volvos got a great standing start and ran off into the lead. Randy's #6, heavy with 170 lbs of rewards weight, was passed by Wittmer's Viper. A few laps later, Wittmer spun for the second day in a row, putting Randy back into second. The Volvos kept the lead till the end, with Andy getting the race win, Randy winning his fourth-career GT Drivers' Championship, and Volvo clinching the GT Manufacturers' Championship!
"This weekend was just fabulous! I am so thrilled to have won three championships in four years with the K-PAX team. After our development year, I feel like we've been climbing Mount Everest and have made it to the summit and are standing on top. It has been a great team effort. In the first race, I was excited to have the pole even if it was by virtue of the points. I got chased for awhile by Kuno but he spun out in the rain which made it a win for us. Our all-wheel drive Volvo had the advantage in the wet. Its so great to win another race!"
"This morning we qualified in third and had a great start with Andy. Kuno passed me but then went off again. A late yellow bunched up the field but they just couldn't catch us. In both races, it helped that we didn't make any mistakes and our competitors did. We have such a terrific team and our cars are so well prepared and reliable. I want to make special mention of my chief mechanic Paul Delio for his hard work and positive attitude, as well as our brilliant mad scientist Will Moody and the whole K-PAX team for a job well done. I also want to thank my personal sponsors, WeatherTech, ChaseCam, saferacer.com, Team Janica Racing and Prairie Hills Motorsport Club for their continued support. We go to Utah in two weeks with no pressure which is good because we now have almost 200 lbs of rewards weight."
Both Race Keeper VIR Grand Prix presented by MTM Special Ops Watch races will be broadcast Saturday, October 30 at 3 PM (EST) on Versus. Randy's next race will be the World Challenge season finale at Miller Motorsports Park, October 1-3.
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