TEAM NEWS: Pobst and Galati qualify their K-PAX/3R Racing Porsches 3rd and 4th for Mid-Ohio WCGT race
Photo by John Thawley Lexington Ohio (July 21, 2007): Randy Pobst and Michael Galati qualified their matching K-PAX/3R Racing Porsche GT3s into the 3rd and 4th positions for Sundays Round 7 of the SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT Championship Series here at Mid-Ohio International Raceway in Lexington Ohio.
Randy Pobst, of Gainesville Georgia, continued to stay at the lead edge of the tough World Challenge GT competition as he recorded a best lap of 1:26.792 on his 2nd tour of the 2.258 mile Mid-Ohio track which eclipsed the existing qualifying record. Unfortunately Eric Curran shattered the record with a pole winning time of 1:25.624 in his Whelen Corvette.
While Pobst would have liked to qualify better and win the pole as he had last race in Toronto he felt that starting on the second row was good because his K-PAX Porsche was well suited for the race tomorrow.
I think we have a really good K-PAX/3R Racing Porsche for the race, said Randy Pobst with a smile. We are right in it and I can be consistent with the car.
We made a couple of little changes and went back out and the improved the car a bunch but we are working against under steer in our Porsche here at Mid-Ohio this weekend but then again in a Porsche thats not all bad because it helps save the back tires.
I think we will be good to race when race day comes around tomorrow, said Pobst with a sly smile. This K-PAX/3R Racing Porsche is ready to race!
Randy, who qualified his Mazda 6 for the Touring Car race in the prior session, said that the GT cars were fortunate not to have had to go out first today.
It was so early the track wasnt the best when I went out in the touring car but it was better when I went out in the K-PAX Porsche because I cleaned it up some in my Touring Car first it was really slick and dirty, said Pobst.
Michael Galati, of Olmsted Ohio, was also well under the track record in his #23 K-PAX/3R Racing Porsche with a best lap of 1:26.031 on lap 5. Due to the cool conditions and improved track surface the top 10 qualifiers broke the existing mark set of 1:26.820 by Wolf Henzler in a Porsche in 2005.
The car was definitely better today, said Galati who struggled with a big under steer during practice yesterday. The K-PAX 3R guys worked hard yesterday on the car because yesterday we were quite a bit off the pace. They worked last night and the car was a lot better today.
I did 4 laps the same as my fastest lap so I think the K-PAX Porsche is going to be a good race car for the race so I feel pretty good about it.
Yes but he did too many consistent laps because I dont like to see them (the drivers) out there so long to save the rear tires for the race, said Bob Raub with a smile. But these guys are competitive drivers and it is tough to get them to come in because they really want to do better!
K-PAX and Dax (Raub) did a great job this morning so we will see what happens in the race, Galati said. The race is long so we are going to keep on plugging and see what happens.
Series leading Randy Pobst and Michael Galati will try to make it three straights wins as they take on the tough SPEED World Challenge GT competition as Round 7 is set to start here at Mid-Ohio on Sunday July 22nd at 5:05 PM EDT. The race can followed via live timing on www.World-Challenge.com and will be broadcast on Saturday July 28th at 4:00 PM EDT.