Pobst Fastest In Final SPEED GT Practice at Watkins Glen WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (July 3, 2009) -- Randy Pobst, of Gainesville, Ga., topped the final practice on his final lap in preparation for Saturday's SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT ...
Pobst Fastest In Final SPEED GT Practice at Watkins Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (July 3, 2009) -- Randy Pobst, of Gainesville, Ga., topped the final practice on his final lap in preparation for Saturday's SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championship Round Five Race--the Toyo Tires Watkins Glen Grand Prix Presented by Lala Motorsports, part of the Camping World Grand Prix Weekend at Watkins Glen International. Teammate Andy Pilgrim, of Boca Raton, Fla., and Eric Curran, of Easthampton, Mass., completed the top three.
Driving the No. 1 K-Pax Racing Volvo S60, Pobst turned a fastest time of 1:55.927 (105.583 mph) as the checkered flag flew on the 70-minute session Friday morning. The four-time World Challenge winner at Watkins Glen spent the majority of the session further down the order, but uncorked a flier at the very end.
"You never quit trying," Pobst said. "We've had a lot of challenges with our new car this year. The last couple of races, I haven't really had too many opportunities to actually drive the car. The car's a pleasure to drive!
"We were good in the beginning of the session, it got worse in the middle and Will [Moody] came back with some changes at the end that really woke the car up. I was just in a good mood. I had a good race here a couple of weeks ago so I'm really feeling it. I'm happy to be on top of the charts for Jim Haughey and K-Pax. The Volvo is just a great car. The other guys, I think, are really surprised and nonplussed that they can't get their Corvettes and Vipers to keep up with a Volvo. But it's a credit to this team and the basic good design of a Volvo. I'm pleased to win practice. Of course, it doesn't pay much, but it's a good feeling.
"It's been a tough season for me so far. My car is kind of the snake-bit Volvo on this team. Yesterday, the transmission broke on a practice start, which is better than on a real start! Andy's transmissions have been pretty good, but mine haven't been. I can't take the blame because they haven't worked right from the moment they go in the car. Will Moody has actually become quite an expert on these transmissions. They're complicated pieces and when he gets in there and works on them, they seem to work great."
Pilgrim traded the top for much of the session with Brandon Davis, but held the point in the closing stages, just being edged out by teammate Pobst at the end. His No. 8 K-Pax Racing Volvo S60 finished the session with a time of 1:56.242 (105.297 mph).
Curran, who was fastest in Thursday afternoon's session in the No. 30 Whelen Engineering Chevrolet Corvette, turned a best lap of 1:56.350 (105.199 mph) to finish the session third.
Davis, of Huntington Beach, Calif., finished the session fourth in his No. 10 Applied Computer Solutions Group Ford Mustang with a fastest time of 1:56.626 (104.950 mph). James Sofronas, who traveled from his Newport Beach, Calif., home late Thursday after welcoming the birth of his first child on Tuesday, was fifth in his No. 14 Global Motorsports Group Porsche 911 GT3 with a fast lap of 1:56.680 (104.902 mph) as the checkered flag flew.
Dino Crescentini (Porsche 911 GT3), Tony Rivera (Porsche 911 GT3), Sonny Whelen (Chevrolet Corvette), Jason Daskalos (Dodge Viper) and Gunter Schaldach (Dodge Viper) completed the top 10.
Qualifying is scheduled for Friday at 1 p.m. (EDT). Saturday's Toyo Tires Watkins Glen Grand Prix Presented by Lala Motorsports SPEED World Challenge GT race is scheduled to make its standing start at 4:45 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday. To follow live notes and timing and scoring, please visit www.world-challenge.com.
-credit: scca pro racing