Celebrating The Fourth With A Third Watkins Glen, NY (July 4, 2010) - Randy continued to have success at one of his favorite tracks by capturing the pole and finishing on the podium at the World Challenge Grand Prix of Watkins Glen. On Friday,...
Celebrating The Fourth With A Third
Watkins Glen, NY (July 4, 2010) - Randy continued to have success at one of his favorite tracks by capturing the pole and finishing on the podium at the World Challenge Grand Prix of Watkins Glen. On Friday, Randy and the #6 K-PAX Racing Volvo S60 won the pole by over a second. At the beginning of the race, Randy shot off the standing start and had a huge lead as he came around to finish his first lap. Ron Fellows' Corvette, which had bogged at the start, was quickly closing the gap and caught Randy by lap five. Randy, who had developed brake problems, drove into turn one with Fellows on his bumper and went wide, allowing Fellows to get by. The Viper of Kuno Wittmer passed a few laps later in traffic. Fellows' car was in a class all its own and couldn't be caught. Randy stayed close to the Viper, finishing in third place and holding the lead in the Drivers' and Manufacturers' Championships. Unfortunately, teammate Andy Pilgrim did not fare so well, having mechanical problems in both qualifying and the race.
"What a great team effort. Qualifying was truly amazing! We had them by over a second. I'm really pleased to have had the Volvo run so well. Because of the mandated weight of the car, it is hard to maintain that pace in the race. The brakes that were so fabulous in qualifying just got too darn hot in the race. With the brake issue, the Volvo was pretty tricky to drive, although the lap times were still good. I was almost as fast as Kuno, and with better brakes, I could have given him a run. Ron Fellows is a top driver and a great guy and, if his car ran the whole series, the Corvette performance would no doubt be adjusted much the way the Volvos were after our one-two at New Jersey last year. The best news is that we extended our points lead."
"I am so sorry about Andy's continued issues which are not driver initiated. Its so unfortunate. I would like to thank the K-PAX crew for their hard work and continued positive attitudes. I also want to thank Jill Swanson for the FAST Nomex Cool Suit Shirt that kept me comfortable on a hot July afternoon, and also to my personal sponsors WeatherTech, ChaseCam, saferacer.com, Team Janica Racing and Prairie Hills Motorsport Club for their continued support."
Randy Pobst Racing is supporting The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation and their Energy For Life walk-a-thon that will take place September 11 in Buffalo, NY. Mitochondrial Disease affects people of all ages and attacks the body at the cellular level, causing organ system failure and even death. It is linked to Alzheimers, Parkinsons, ALS and numerous other diseases and a cure is desperately needed. Randy's public relations assistant, Jennifer Schwartzott, has the disease and is chairing the walk. If you would like to donate to our team, Racers For Research, please visit randypobst.com and click the link on the homepage. To learn more about Mitochondrial disease, visit umdf.org.
Randy Pobst Racing would like to wish a Happy Fourth of July birthday to former co-driver and this press release writer's father, Peter Schwartzott. Happy Belated Birthday also goes to Randy who celebrated his 29th last weekend (with a few anniversaries). The World Challenge Grand Prix of Watkins Glen presented by Sunoco will be televised on July 17 at 11:00 PM on Versus. Randy's next World Challenge race will be on the streets of Toronto, July 16-17, where Randy has had success in the past.
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