OR. (July 25, 2004) - The Certified Audi RS 6 team prevailed
through 100 degree temperatures, 24-hour work days, electrical
problems and several track incidents to come away with a 2nd place
finish for Randy Pobst and a 9th place finish for Michael Galati at
the caution-filled Round Five SPEED World Challenge GT race at
Portland International Raceway.
After a two days of more than
100-degree temperatures, track conditions were considerably cooler for
the start of Sunday's 50-minute race with air temperatures in the
Although Galati qualified his No. 2 Audi Certified
Pre-Owned/Champion Audi RS 6 fourth on the grid, he had to start from
the back after the team elected to change cars. After extensive
diagnostic testing on Galati's primary car, the team determined the
best course of action would be to pull that car from the starting grid
and have Galati drive the backup car.
Despite jumping into a new car with very little testing and set-up
time, Galati performed a "text-book" Audi quattro start. Galati
rocketed his Certified Audi RS 6 from 20th position to 7th, all before
Turn 1. "What can I say-thank goodness Audi has quattro," exclaimed
Galati. "The car just took off and I was able to pass all those cars.
It was just awesome!"
Pobst also had a great start moving up from 3rd to 1st but then the
pole sitter, Tommy Archer driving a Dodge Viper, got by Pobst and led
going into Turn 1. Archer maintained his lead from start to finish
despite the fact that he was frequently challenged by Pobst in his
N0.1, 4.2 liter, V8, bi-turbo Audi RS 6. Pobst would close the gap
going into the turns, but Archer, whose Dodge Viper has more straight
line speed than the Audi, would pull away in the straights.
On lap eight, the No. 16 Cadillac CTS-V, driven by Max Angelelli,
was on the move as he made his way from fourth to third. Going into
the chicane on lap nine, Angelelli tried to get on the inside of Pobst
on Turn 1 by braking late but Angelelli made contact with the back of
Pobst's No. 2 Audi Certified Pre-Owned Champion Audi and crashed into
the wall. Despite the contact with Angelelli, Pobst was still less
than a second behind Archer. Pobst then spent the next 21 laps trying
to chase down Archer, but didn't quite have enough.
"I think Tommy Archer and 3R had the right car today," Pobst said
of trying to catch Archer. "I think he was taking it easy saving his
tires. We had so many yellows, but my Certified Pre-Owned Audi was a
fine car, especially considering the REWARDS weight I was hauling.
And, I could feel that. The tires were getting really slick later in
the race. I had quite a job keeping the next car from catching me. I
ran just as hard as I could. I wish the race would have been a little
longer, because I think the longer the run, the more quattro becomes
an advantage as the track gets slick. We had a really good race today,
I must say. I am very pleased with the result."
Pobst's second place finish was his third podium finish of 2004.
Galati, who moved up to 6th position during the Angelleli/Pobst
incident, looked poised to finish the race in a possible top 5
position until his Audi RS 6 was involved in a three-car incident with
Scotty White and Andy Pilgrim while exiting the chicane. Galati was
dropped to 9th and eventually would end his day holding on to that
Galati won the Sunoco Hard Charger of the Race Award for advancing
12 positions on lap one.
The SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT Championship next visits Mosport
International Raceway Aug. 6-8, as part of the Grand Prix of Mosport.
Michael Galati (Olmstead, OH). "The Audi RS 6 was incredible today.
It was just like a rocket on the start. I went from 20th to 6th
position all before turn 1. All I can say is thank goodness for
quattro! The Champion guys did an unbelievable job this weekend.
They've been going three days straight with no sleep trying to fix my
car and then once they made the decision to put me in the back up car,
they had to prep the back up car. The team really made my result
Randy Pobst (Gainesville, GA). "It's a very happy finish to one of
the toughest weeks that Champion Racing's RS 6 team has ever had.
They've been working all day under 120 degree temperatures and then
again all last night fixing Michael's car. My Certified Pre-owned Audi
was a great race car because it was just so competitive today. My crew
guys James Boody and Mark Landis really set up this car just perfectly
for me. They really deserve the credit for today's 2nd place win.
Another good step towards the Manufacturer's Championship for Audi."
DRIVER/HOMETOWN/STATE CAR LAPS DIFFERENCE
1) Tommy Archer/Duluth/MN Viper CompCoupe 31
2) Randy Pobst/Gainesville/GA Audi RS 6 31 -1.072
3) Phil McClure/Floris/IA Corvette ZO6 31 -3.488
4) Andy Pilgrim/Delray Beach/FL Cadillac CTS-V 31 -16.997
5) Tim Wiens/Westminster/CO Viper CompCoupe 31 -19.561
6 Mike McCann/Canton/OH Viper CompCoupe 31 -20.43
7) Leighton Reese/Minnetonka/MN Corvette ZO6 31 -21.473
8) Gary Bockman/Portland/OR Viper CompCoupe 31 -22.225
9) Michael Galati/Olmsted/OH Audi RS 6 31 -28.554
Margin of Victory: 01.072
Fastest Race Lap: Car #16 Max Angelelli 1:18.889 MPH Overall Race:
50:39.629 60.264 Miles 71.374 MPH
SPEED GT Point Standings
1) Tommy Archer Viper CompCoupe 129
2) Michael Galati Audi RS 6 120
3) Andy Pilgrim Cadillac CTS-V 115
4) Randy Pobst Audi RS 6 110
5) Phil McClure Corvette ZO6 97
SPEED GT Manufacturer's Championship
1) Audi 30
2) Cadillac 25
3) Dodge 23
4) Chevrolet 17