LEXINGTON, OH. (June 27, 2004) - Local Ohio resident and Defending
Champion Michael Galati thrilled his hometown crowd by leading the
Challenge GT race from pole to podium today at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car
Michael's record breaking qualifying time (1:27.956) put he and his
Randy Pobst (grid 2nd) in prime position to dominate today's race. It
"follow the leader" as the pair of Audi RS 6 "Competition" cars
13-turn, 2.258-mile track. Several incidents throughout the scheduled
50-minute race shortened race time to only 41 minutes (24 laps).
Randy Pobst, driving the No. 1 Audi Certified pre-owned Audi RS 6, set
fastest lap of the race with a time of 1:29.647. While the third place
John Heinricy driving a Cadillac CTS-V caught up to Pobst during
caution periods, it was the power of the 4.2 liter, V8, bi-turbo
with Audi's quattro, all-wheel traction that helped to keep him and
No. 2 RS 6 up front.
The SPEED World Challenge series next heads west to Infineon Raceway
in Sonoma California for round four, July 16-18.
Michael Galati (Olmstead, OH). "I'm so happy for the Certified
people, Champion Racing and Rod Bymaster. This team never quits. Last
was a disastrous year for me so coming back like this is great. I
up and more importantly, I never follow!"
Randy Pobst (Gainesville, GA). "I think Mid-Ohio is an Audi Certified
Pre-owned race track. Both our cars were perfect today. I personally
thank my crew chief, James, for all his hard work. My RS 6 was fast
had that Cadillac breathing down my neck all race. It was a great
battle and I
congratulate Michael on his win."
Louis Milone (RS 6 Team Leader). "Our cars were hooked up today. The
ending early caught us off guard. Our cars were just getting to the
where they were starting to get loose. The tire situation was kind of
We were at the critical point so the race being cut short was our ace
Michael Diol (Audi Certified Pre-owned Promotions Manager). "This was
unbelievable today. It was great to see a finish like that, to see our
Certified Pre-owned cars finish one and two. I know it was cut short
it was still just so exciting. I cannot say how much I loved being
seeing us win like that."
1) Michael Galati/N. Olmsted/OH Audi RS 6
2) Randy Pobst/Gainesville/GA Audi RS 6
3) John Heinricy/Holly/MI Cadillac CTS-V
4) Tommy Archer/Duluth/MN Viper CompCoupe
5) Lou Gigliotti/Dallas/TX Corvette ZO6
Margin of Victory: 00.249 Seconds
Fastest Race Lap: Car #1 Randy Pobst 1:29.647 (90.675 MPH)