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Archive of Audi RS 6 Race Reports/News/Photos 2004

 
   
 

RS 6 2003  -  2004

 

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  2004 Speed GT World Challenge GT Series  
  Infineon Raceway Preview  
 

Including photos from Thursday testing at Infineon Raceway

 

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Sonoma, CA. (July 14, 2004) - The Audi Certified Champion RS 6 Team faces its toughest track on the ten-race SPEED World Challenge GT Series circuit. Infineon Raceway is notorious for hot weather, multiple twisty, windy turns, and to top it off, both Audi RS 6's will be carrying an extra 50 pounds on top of the additional 100 pounds earned from the team's win at Lime Rock Park.

SCCA Pro Racing Ltd. recently announced the additional adjustments for the Certified Champion RS 6 team effective immediately. These adjustments stem from the second consecutive one-two finish for the Audi RS 6 cars, the first at Lime Rock Park and the second at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The #1 and #2 Audi's received an additional 50 pounds to their base weight as well as a 200 rpm reduction (to 6800) and a reduction from 1.7-bar to 1.55-bar (approximately 10.3psi to 8.1psi).

Last year at Infineon Raceway the Champion Racing duo did not fare well on the 12 turn, 2.52-mile road circuit. Michael Galati finished in sixth position while teammate Randy Pobst had contact with another car and finished a disappointing 15th. Since then, the professional team from Champion Racing (Pompano Beach, FL) has done an outstanding job prepping the 4.2-liter, V8, bi-turbo engine.

Defending World Challenge GT Driver's Champion, Randy Pobst, makes his 300th professional career start this weekend at Infineon Raceway. Since 1963, Pobst has earned 60 race wins in 11 series at 26 tracks and ironically, Infineon Raceway has yet to be a winning track for Pobst.

The SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT race at Infineon Raceway, Round Four of the 2004 Championship, is scheduled to begin at 8:55 a.m. (PDT) on Sunday, July 18. The race will be broadcast the same day via tape-delay on SPEED Channel at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Randy Pobst (Gainesville, GA). "We are in a much better position this year versus last year. Our cars are much more competitive so we should have a better shot than we did a year ago. It's going to be an interesting race because so many adjustments were made to so many cars. We'll just have to wait and see."

Michael Galati (Olmsted, OH). "Infineon Raceway is not the best track for our Audi RS 6's, especially with the recent adjustments and REWARDS weight given to us after our win at Mid-Ohio. It definitely will be our most challenging track. This year's version of the RS 6 has improved considerably since last year so we hope to do better. It's hard to tell right now because as I said, since so many teams received adjustments after Mid-Ohio, no one really knows how each car is going to run."

 
     
 
       
 
     
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