ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Aug. 20, 2004) – Michael
Galati, of Olmsted, Ohio, was fastest in Friday’s practice for this
Saturday’s SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championship
Round Eight race at Road America, part of the Road America 500
weekend. Michael Culver, of Westport , Conn. , and Italian Max
Angelelli completed the top three.
Driving the No. 2 Audi Certified Pre-Owned Audi RS 6, Galati turned
a fastest lap of 2:16.836 (106.498 mph) in the morning session in a
simulated qualifying run on sticker tires. The lap was faster than
the current qualifying mark of 2:18.433 (105.269 mph) set in 2003 by
Bill Auberlen in a BMW M3. Galati has three wins and three poles in
five Road America appearances.
“This is a track that I have raced at for a long time,” Galati said
attributing his fast practice time to track familiarity. “I know
this track like the back of my hand. It is one of my favorite
tracks. We went out on sticker tires to see what we can do. I went
out and tried pretty hard. I was pretty happy with the car.”
Galati’s fast time came on the final lap of the first 20-minute
session. Culver’s No. 14 First Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup led the
much of the session with a fastest time of 2:16.936 (106.420 mph)
around the 4.048-mile circuit. Angelelli also cut his fast lap in
the No. 16 Team Cadillac/Mobil 1/Motorola/Bose Cadillac CTS-V in the
early, cooler session, with a time of 2:17.004 (106.367 mph).
Angelelli’s teammate Andy Pilgrim was right behind, with a 2:17.178
(106.232 mph), followed by Phil McClure’s Aggregate
Industries/3R-Racing Chevrolet Corvette ZO6. McClure topped the
afternoon session, with a 2:17.224 (106.197 mph).
Qualifying is set for 10:05 a.m. (CDT) Saturday. Live Timing &
Scoring Presented by Cadillac can be accessed through
www.world-challenge.com. Saturday’s Round Eight race will make its
standing start at 4:10 p.m. (CDT).