OH. (June 26, 2004) - Local Ohio resident and defending Mid-Ohio
Champion Michael Galati not only earned pole position today at the
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, but also shattered his previous qualifying
record he set in 2002 when he drove an Audi S4 for Champion Racing
(Pompano Beach, FL). Galati's time of 1:27.956 bests his previous
track record of 1:34.373 by over six seconds.
Galati's teammate, Randy Pobst, also put in another outstanding
qualifying run and will be grid alongside Galati for tomorrow's
standing start of the SPEED World Challenge GT race. This is the
second consecutive time this season a pair of
Audi RS 6 "Competition" Cars have shared the front row for the start
of the 50-minute sprint race.
The Audi Certified Champion RS 6's set the qualifying time early in
the session and were once again held in the pits to conserve the Toyo
RA-1 tires. Revised surfacing at each corner has increased the wear
and tear on tires for all cars competing this weekend.
Michael Galati (Olmstead, OH). "We knew our cars would be fast for a
few laps for qualifying but during the race it might be a different
story. We're still adjusting for the added weight we received after
Lime Rock. I know this track very well but it's still a fantastic
feeling to get the pole position for Audi Certified Pre-owned and to
be one and two on the grid for tomorrow's race."
Pobst (Gainesville, GA). "We're in a good position to start the race.
Congratulations to my teammate (Galati) for pole position. I'm feeling
good about my car. We've got it set up for a long run and to be good
at the end of the race. I think the Toyo tires will hold up well with
the set-up we have. Let's go race."
Louis Milone (RS 6 Team Leader). "The team worked really hard
preparing these cars for this particular track. We put a good set-up
on the cars and it paid off for us. Tire conservation in the race is
another story, but I feel like we have a competitive package."
Third round of the SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT race of the 2004
season will commence at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course tomorrow, Sunday,
June 27th at 10:10 a.m. (EDT). 34 cars will compete on the 13-turn,
2.258-mile track. Initial broadcast
time for this weekend's SPEED World Challenge GT race is scheduled for
the same day, Sunday, June 27 at 1:00 p.m. (EDT).
1) Michael Galati/Olmsted/OH Audi RS 6 1:27:956
2) Randy Pobst/Gainesville/GA Audi RS 6 1:28:018
3) Michael Culver/Westport/CT Porsche 911 Cup 1:28:306
4) John Heinricy/Holly/MI Cadillac CTS-V 1:28:361
5) Tom Oates/Chester Springs/PA Corvette Z06 1:28:644