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Watkins Glen: K-PAX/3R Racing qualifying report

Randy Pobst and K-PAX/3R Porsche wins WCGT pole at Watkins Glen Michael Galati survives off course excursion to qualify 5th Watkins Glen New York (June 7, 2008): The K-PAC/3R Racing Porsche GT3s of Randy Pobst and Michael Galati qualified 1st...

Randy Pobst and K-PAX/3R Porsche wins WCGT pole at Watkins Glen
Michael Galati survives off course excursion to qualify 5th

Watkins Glen New York (June 7, 2008): The K-PAC/3R Racing Porsche GT3s of Randy Pobst and Michael Galati qualified 1st and 5th here at Watkins Glen for Round 4 of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championships. Pobst's pole position time was a 1:55.102 for an average speed of 106.340 miles per hour. Galati recorded a best lap of 1:56.116 on his 2nd qualifying lap.

Randy Pobst, of Gainesville Georgia, went for broke on his first qualifying lap and made it stand up for the pole position as the K-PAX/3R Racing crew went with a very aggressive setup for their qualifying run. Randy's times immediately fell off on his 2nd and 3rd lap so he parked his K-PAX Porsche for the remainder of the session.

"That was a minor miracle, I am really pleased," said a smiling Randy Pobst after qualifying finally ended and he finally could celebrate his pole win. "That was a miracle created by K-PAX and 3R Racing right there, I just can't believe it!

"The Porsche was a little scary to drive because we set it up that way on purpose. My Porsche was fighting under steer all weekend so Will Moody decided that we could sort of go for it on new Toyo tires so we did. And boy it worked.

"The track was fabulous. I am doing the Rolex on full racing slicks and we race in World Challenge GT on Toyo DOT tires but during qualifying I was using my Rolex braking points and it was working because I think that the Toyos when they are new are as good as the slicks.

"If I can beat him to the chicane I should be able to stay with him," Pilgrim said of the V-8 Cadillac of Andy Pilgrim who will join Pobst on the front row. "Our Porsches are doing it all with handling over those V8 Cadillacs and Mustangs because our cars weight almost the same but they have almost twice the engine size. Our Porsches as always do a lot with a little!"

Michael Galati, of Olmstead Ohio, had a strong qualifying run on his first hot lap but got four wheels off spoiling that effort. The time was still strong at 1:56.293 and he bettered that time to a 1:56.116 that slotted Michael at the time into the 4th position.

"I was hoping for better really," said Galati after his qualifying run. "The K-PAX crew gave me a great car and I having a great lap and was closing in on Randy going into the Boot but on the exit of the turn I got four-wheels off and that ended my chances right there. I still got in a good lap but is should have been much better.

"I just made a mistake. That first one would have been the ticket, because the tires were going off a bit even on that second lap. We went with a little bit of an aggressive setup because we only were doing 2 or 3 laps for qualifying."

"We will change the setup a little for the race but the plan as always is to go all out for the race. I have confidence in the K-PAX/3R guys that they will give me a good car for the race."

The pole position moved Randy Pobst 1 point ahead of Brandon Davis (who qualified 4th) for the lead in the GT Drivers' Championship and moved Porsche one point closer to Ford (20 to 21) in the Manufacturers' Championship Presented by Racer Magazine. But of course there are plenty of points available to be earned during tomorrow's race.

Pobst, Galati and the rest of the GT competitors will take the traditional standing start for Round 4 of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championship at Watkins Glen at 10:50 am Eastern Time on Sunday June 8th.

The race can be seen on SPEED TV on Wednesday June 18th at 1:00 pm Eastern Time.

-credit: kpaz/3rr

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Series PWC
Drivers Andy Pilgrim , Randy Pobst , Michael Galati , Brandon Davis