CA (July 18, 2004) - The Certified Champion Audi RS 6 team
finished surprisingly well today at Infineon Raceway despite several
on track incidents. Randy Pobst captured 7th position after being grid
a disappointing 9th while World Challenge GT Series point's leader
Michael Galati fell to 13th position after starting from 7th position.
Michael Galati had an impressive start on the
grid using the RS 6's all-wheel-drive quattro system to launch his #2
Certified Pre-owned Audi past three cars into 4th position. Like
teammates working in unison, Pobst followed right up the middle behind
Galati and gained the same number of positions putting his Champion
Audi into 6th position.
The pair held their ground for 13 laps until
Galati's car was bumped not once, but twice from behind. This contact
would ultimately cause some internal damage and the #2 Audi RS 6
slowly fell back as the car no longer had 3rd gear, an extremely
important gear on Infineon Raceway's windy 2.53-mile track.
Pobst was also hit from behind by rival Max
Angelelli, driver of one of the Cadillac CTS-V cars. Pobst was leading
Angelelli as both cars entered the hairpin at Turn 11. After some
initial contact, the #16 Cadillac went over the tire barriers and the
hood of the car flew up. Pobst moved up to 5th position, his best
position of the day.
The additional weight and reduction in boost
for both the Audi RS 6's was obvious throughout the 50 minute timed
race as both cars struggled to keep up with cars that have not
received adjustments. Despite that, the Champion Racing crew (Pompano
Beach, FL) prepared two very competitive cars.
Galati leads in the SPEED GT Drivers'
Championship with 102 points, followed by Archer (95), Pilgrim (92),
Angelelli (84) and Pobst (82).
Audi leads the SPEED GT Manufacturers'
Championship Presented by Racer Magazine with 23 points, followed by
Cadillac (22), Dodge (14) and Chevrolet (12).
The SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT
Championship next visits Portland International Raceway July 23-25 for
Round Five, as part of the American Le Mans Grand Prix of Portland.
Michael Galati (Olmstead, OH). "Like always,
the Certified Champion RS 6 was incredible off the line. I was up to
4th and it looked pretty good for me. Unfortunately there was a lot of
pressure and I got hit from the back and then something happened to
the car and we lost 3rd gear. The car started misfiring and then I got
hit again. I guess I'm just lucky I finished."
Randy Pobst (Gainesville, GA). "I've never
worked so hard for 7th place in my life! I feel really bad for my
teammate, Michael Galati. He was driving really well. The SCCA really
slowed us down with the weight they put on us and with boost
adjustment so the car is just not as fast as it could be. I really
enjoy driving here at Infineon and I have to thank my Champion Crew
for building a real strong back end on my car."
Louis Milone (RS 6 Team Leader). "Mike and
Randy really threaded the needle on the start. It was pretty exciting.
It was our lucky day today. We had a limping car at the end for Mike.
Randy held on for the Manufacturer's points. Mike held on to his
driver points by making it in alive with the car. So we come out of
our worst track having a good day."
Results from Infineon Raceway:
1. (2), Wolf
Henzler(R), Nuertingen, Germany, Porsche 911 Cup,
2. (1), Phil
McClure, Floris, Iowa, Chevrolet Corvette Z06,
3. (5), Tommy
Archer, Duluth, Minn., Dodge Viper Comp
Coupe, 25, -3.53.
4. (4), Andy
Pilgrim, Delray Beach, Fla., Cadillac CTS-V,
5. (3), Leighton
Reese, Minnetonka, Minn., Chevrolet Corvette
Z06, 25, -6.898.
7. (9), Randy Pobst,
Gainesville, Ga., Audi RS 6, 25, -14.544.
13. (7), Michael
Galati, Olmsted, Ohio, Audi RS 6, 25,
Michael Galati leads in the
SPEED GT Drivers’ Championship with 102 points, followed by Tommy
Archer (95), Andy Pilgrim (92), Max Angelelli (84) and Randy Pobst
Audi leads the SPEED
GT Manufacturers’ Championship Presented by
Racer Magazine with 23
points, followed by Cadillac (22), Dodge (14) and Chevrolet (12).