Long Beach: Randy Pobst race report
Takin' It To The Streets Long Beach, CA (April 18, 2010) - Randy and his ...
Takin' It To The Streets
Long Beach, CA (April 18, 2010) - Randy and his #6 K-PAX Racing Volvo S60 team took to the Streets of Long Beach Sunday, for round three of the 2010 SCCA World Challenge GT championship. The Volvo fared well in practice and qualified in second place, just 0.05 of a second behind the pole lap of Kuno Wittmer's Viper. At the green flag on a standing start, however, the car bogged again, shuffling Randy back to eleventh. To make matters worse, teammate Andy Pilgrim had been gridded behind Randy and was held up as Randy tried to get going. In true champion fashion, Randy worked his way through the field, in a caution-free race, and was able to finish in sixth place and keep his points total close to the lead.
"This is an excellent result considering our trials and tribulations. Qualifying was terrific. Both K-PAX Volvos seemed to have the speed in both practice and qualifying. I was excited to start on the outside pole next to Kuno, but the car bogged just like at St. Pete. We still have to work on the stubborn start program in our #6 K-PAX car. Andy's #8 will go. Since he was lined up fourth, right behind me, I ended up in Andy's way on the start. Feel so badly about that. The start is a simple matter of flooring the gas and dropping the clutch, but something is different and we are going to figure it out! For some reason we never had the speed during the race that we had in practice. I had to fight for what we could get. The Volvo still had good handling and our all-wheel drive was best in the tight corners. Sixth is not a bad result in the grand scheme of the season. We will keep working on it. Towards the end, I was in a heck of a race with Jeff Courtney's Viper when Ron Fellows' Corvette blew the engine and we were blinded by a huge smoke screen. Very exciting."
"I would like to applaud the effort of the K-PAX crew, always working to make these K-PAX Volvos the best that they can be. We'll get them next time. I would also like to thank my personal sponsors WeatherTech, ChaseCam, saferacer.com, Team Janica Racing and Prairie Hills Motorsport Club for their support. I am looking forward to next weekend and my doubleheader at VIR."
Randy is currently fourth in Championship points, but not far behind with only six points separating fourth from first. The Toyo Tires World Challenge at Long Beach will be broadcast May 1 at 4:30 PM (ET) on Versus. Randy's next SPEED World Challenge GT race will be a doubleheader, May 21-23 at Mosport International Raceway.
The next race for Randy in his new MAZDASPEED3 in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge will be at Virginia International Raceway on April 24. Randy will also be driving a one race deal in the Rolex GT race at VIR for Stevenson Motorsports in the #97 Camaro GT.R, with Gunter Schaldach, on April 24 at 12:00 PM ET. That race is taped delayed by two hours, but can be seen the same day at 2:00 PM on SPEED.
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