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Randy Pobst's professional career took a major leap forward in 1990 when he won his first professional championship. Driving a T.C. Kline Racing prepared Honda CR-X, Randy won the IMSA Firestone Firehawk Touring Championship with Peter Schwartzott as his co-driver.

"The street stock series have a very high level of competition and driving at the front," commented Pobst recently as he looked back at his early days of pro racing. "I have seen some guys come out of Street stock racing who are among the very best, like Andy Pilgrim. I love that kind of racing very much. I did it for years and it doesn't get much respect, maybe because the cars aren't (as) expensive."

Pobst quickly followed 1990 Championship with another one in 1992, again in the Touring Class. Pobst was quickly becoming known as a front wheel drive specialist. As was the difficulty when Randy was making the jump from Solo to Professional racing, teams looked at Randy as a front wheel drive specialist and opportunities for advancement into the GT classes didn't materialize as quickly as they perhaps should have.

While Randy was working his way through the professional ranks, he also campaigned in the SCCA Valvoline National Runoffs. In 1992, the same year he won his second pro title, Randy also took home his first SCCA National Runoffs title. Randy drove a Mazda Miata to the SSC victory. Pobst quickly backed up his 1992 title with a victory in the SSA class in 1995 with a BMW.

After his 1992 title, Randy spent the 1993 and 1994 seasons supporting two different T.C. Kline Racing drivers to Championships. In 1993 Pobst and Peter Schwartzott shared a car throughout much of the season. Schwartzott won the title by himself because Randy and he were in seperate cars in the final race of the year. In 1994 Randy co-drove with David Daugherty as Daugherty won the '94 title. Two years in a row Randy almost won the Championship but only lost it to his co-driver based on circumstance.

With two professional titles and two amateur titles, Randy's career took another giant leap forward in 1996 when T.C. Kline entered into the brand new, high tech North American Touring Car Championship.




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