Fla. (March 19, 2004) - Michael Galati stood proudly on the podium
today in the first race of the season of the SPEED World Challenge GT
Series as part of the Mobil 1 52nd Annual 12 Hours of Sebring event at
Sebring International Raceway. Galati started in 7th position and used
the all-wheel-drive system of the Audi Certified Pre-owned Champion RS
6 to catapult himself in to 2nd position right behind teammate Randy
It was an awesome display of quattro traction
for the Certified RS 6 team as the duo lead one and two into the first
corner. Unfortunately for Pobst, his luck ended there as a power
steering belt broke and sent Pobst off into the grass exiting turn
three. Pobst finished the race in 26th place.
"This is such an unfortunate break for me and
the team," said Pobst from Gainesville, Georgia. "All I can say is my
car will go through the Audi Certified pre-owned 300+ point inspection
and it will be ready for the next race."
series Champion Galati used the power of the 4.2 liter, V8, bi-turbo
Cosworth engine to keep himself strong and consistent throughout the
19 lap race around the 3.7 mile track. As a result, Galati won the
Remus Power Move of the race.
Galati held the lead position until Max
Angelli in a Cadillac CTS passed him on the third lap. Galati drove
brilliantly for another 15 laps fending off the competition until the
partner to Angelli, Andy Pilgrim, squeezed by Galati on lap 17.
"The Certified Audi RS 6 did a fantastic job
today," said Galati from Olmsted, Ohio. "I gave it all I had but those
guys (Cadillac) are just performing in a different league from the
rest of us in the field. They have a much different car than the rest
of us have."
Leader Louis Milone shared the same feelings. "Galati gave it all he
had. He and Randy both had a fantastic start. Pobst had a problem with
a power steering belt that we'll analyze so it won't happen again. The
Cadillac cars obviously showed their cards today and now it's up to
the SCCA to make it fair."
The SPEED World Challenge GT Championship
next visits Lime Rock Park May 29-31, headlining the Mohegan Sun
Presents the Lime Rock Grand Prix.
Today's race will initially air at 1:00 p.m.
(EST), March 21 on SPEED Channel.
1. Max Angelelli, Monte Carlo, Monaco,
2. Andy Pilgrim, Delray Beach, Fla., Cadillac
3. Michael Galati, N. Olmsted, Ohio, Audi
4. Tommy Archer, Duluth, Minn., Viper
5. Phil McClure, Floris, Iowa, Corvette Z06,
26. Randy Pobst, Gainesville, Ga., Audi RS
Time of race: 44 minutes, 26.565 seconds.
Average speed: 99.903 mph
Margin of victory: 0.358-second
Lap leaders: Laps 1-2, #2 Michael Galati;
laps 3-20, #16 Max Angelelli Fastest race lap: #8 Andy Pilgrim,
2:10.249 (102.265 mph) Fastest qualifier: #16 Max Angelelli, 2:09.076
(103.195 mph) Remus Power Move of the Race: #2 Michael Galati for his
start Sunoco Hard Charger: #82 Mike McCann(R) for improving 21
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