Posted (08/07/2011) -
Lexington, Ohio (August 7, 2011) - Randy returned from his World Challenge summer vacation with a new, updated 2011 Volvo S60 and a goal to make the podium at the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix Presented by StopTech at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. He did...it just took him an extra day. From the start of the first practice to the end of the first race of the doubleheader weekend, the #6 K-PAX Racing Volvo S60 seemed to have one issue after another and the team worked hard to keep up. Randy started Saturday's race last, with no practice or qualifying, only to develop another electronic problem midway through the race. Team morale remained high as GT teammate Alex Figge and TC Volvo C30 teammate Robb Holland scored their first wins.
"Saturday was such a disappointment for me. We brought our beautiful 2011 Volvo S60s to the track with their new cooling systems and new bodywork and the gremlins got my car. My whole season has been like that. It was like that gopher game at Chuck E Cheese where you knock one down and another pops up. We were contemplating push pins in voodoo dolls, smudging sage and exorcisms. This new 2011 model has the same engine and last year we ran all season on one engine. It is very unusual for K-PAX to have engine problems. Our K-PAX team never gave up and kept chasing it."
The Sunday morning qualifying session proved that the gremlins were gone and the team had done their job. Randy ran well, even toping the charts for a while, and qualified the Volvo in third with Alex on the pole. This put the Volvos two in a row on the grid. They both got a great start and ran at the top for most of the race. As they got caught in lapped, lower class traffic, Randy got passed by other lighter cars. Alex, who was still leading got hit by the second place car and both went off track. Randy avoided the chaos and finished third. TC teammates Aaron Povoledo and Robb Holland finished one-two in their class.
"What a difference from yesterday. I had a good shot at the pole but wasn't thrilled with the setup that we had borrowed from Alex's car. I was very pleased with the suspension tuning our engineer, Will Moody, did to make my Volvo the way I like it for the race. It was a team effort during the race and we both started well together. We have all-wheel drive which is an advantage, and to make things fair, World Challenge has us run more weight. On a long run, the weight takes its toll on the Pirelli tires and the lighter cars started catching us and two got by me. The altercation in front of me was unfortunate for Alex. My car ran well in the race and I am happy to get a podium."
"We were happy to have Volvo North America top executives John Maloney and Tim Fissinger as our guests this weekend. It was great that they got to see the K-PAX Volvos run so well. Congratulations to Alex, Aaron and Robb for their wins this weekend. I would also like to thank my personal sponsors, WeatherTech, ChaseCam and saferacer.com for their support. Cooper MacNeil continues to run well in the Ferrari Challenge, with two seconds at Lime Rock, and is second in the championship going into the final race at Homestead on September 25."
"Come join me at the Randy Pobst Driving Experience, September 2 at the Autobahn Country Club track near Chicago. This premium track day and driver school is limited to just over 30 cars total and features myself and three other professional drivers. The cost is $800 for the day and you can find more information at www.randypobstdrivingexperience.com
The exciting Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio will air on Versus, August 20 at 5:00 PM EST. Randy's next race will be a doubleheader at Infineon Raceway, August 26 - 28, with the World Challenge GT series.
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