TEAM NEWS: Pobst, Galati and Holland qualify their K-PAX/3R Racing Porsches 4th, 9th and 23rd at Watkins Glen
Photo by John Thawley Watkins Glen, New York (June 9, 2007): The K-PAX/3R Racing Porsches of Randy Pobst, of Gainesville Georgia, and Michael Galati, of Olmstead Ohio, qualified 4th and 9th with Robb Holland of Denver Colorado qualifying 23rd here at Watkins Glen International in scenic upstate New York.
In a very unusual qualifying session for Sundays SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championship Series the track conditions changed from hot, steamy and coated to rubber to cold and green as an over night storm blew through the area drenching the track and dropping the temperatures over 30 degrees.
We were the track sweepers this morning, Randy Pobst said of the morning session that began the racing activity here at Watkins Glen on Saturday. The track was a little green and my car was good under those conditions. The cold air gave my Porsche a lot of power but of course it gave everyones engines more power.
Randy Pobst recorded a 1:55.623 and bettered that on lap 2 getting his K-PAX Porsche around the improving Watkins Glen track with a then pole winning time of 1:54.939.
Usually the World Challenge GT cars set their best laps on their opening laps but the track conditions continued to improve so when James Sofronas Porsche became stalled on the track and red flagged the session most everyone seemed to go faster when the cars returned to the track.
Most everyone but Randy Pobst did not as he couldnt get in a clean lap and even match his earlier lap time so when Team Cadillac went out and dialed in more speed and Andy Pilgrim snatched the pole with a lap of 1:54.998 followed by Currans Corvette and Aschenbachs Cadillac Pobst was eventually dropped to 4th.
"I got in a great lap and I felt really good about it but I think that the track was better in that second half. I went out in the second half but I just couldnt execute a good lap, Randy said of the second half of the session. But the good news is that I am really liking my K-PAX Porsche right now! Will Moody has the balance of the car perfect!
We will make some changes for the race and our Porsches are well suited for this track in the long run so I think we will be fine for the race.
Michael Galati qualified 9th as he is trying to recover from very limited track time in his #23 K-PAX/3R Racing Porsche. Galatis laps in the only full practice session on Friday were dramatically shortened due to a clutch problem.
"My car is pretty good right now we just didnt have a chance to work on a qualifying setup, Galati said. We just never got in enough laps during practice yesterday. We should be able to move up during the race or at least I hope I can!
Robb Holland qualified 23rd as he continues to learn the rear-engine Porsche.
The car was great and I am getting more comfortable in it and more used to driving it, Holland said. I just need to keep working on it and I should be able to move up into the thick of things as the season goes on.
Round 5 of SCCA Pro Racings SPEED World Challenge GT Championship Series at Watkins Glen International will be run on Sunday June 10th at 10:45 AM EDT. The race can be followed on live timing at the World Challenge website at www.World-Challenge.com and will be re-broadcast on Saturday June 30th at 4:00 PM EDT on SPEED TV.