Long Beach, CA (April 16, 2012) - After a disappointing weekend in St Pete, the #6 K-PAX Racing Volvo S60 team returned to Denver, CO to fix the electronics issues and get the cars ready for the 2012 Pirelli World Challenge GT Championship event on the streets of Long Beach. Due the long hours and hard work by the K-PAX team, and possibly some spiritual help by an excited fan, the Volvo reliability returned and earned Randy another podium! The Volvo was strong right off the hauler, with fast runs in practice and even faster laps in qualifying which gave him the pole! Randy got another stellar K-PAX Volvo all-wheel drive standing start and beat former teammate Andy Pilgrim's Cadillac into turn one. Randy was able to hold the Cadillac off until lap nine, when Andy made a surprise move on Randy and passed him in turn one. Randy stayed behind the Cadillac for the rest of the caution-free circuits to finish a much deserved second place.
"The ghost in the machine is gone! The Volvos were perfectly reliable. On Thursday, we participated in a car show for the “Tecate Thunder on Pine” fan event. Our car was on display, music was thumping and we were hanging out with fans and residents. An interesting gentleman came up, fixed his gaze on the car and started dancing up a storm. We were joking that he was a voodoo witch doctor chasing the ghosts away. Our own personal exorcist. Well it worked! He danced away all the evil spirits."
"All joking aside, the K-PAX team put in a whole lot of hours to get the Volvos ready for the race and the car ran and handled superbly. Will Moody gave us the perfect set up and we won the pole by a lot. We had the Volvo AWD advantage from the start but I was being conservative with my brakes, especially in turn one which is a huge braking zone. Andy recognized that and made a beautiful, surgical pass in turn one and took the lead. It was totally a surprise attack. It feels so good to be back up on the podium and have the Volvo reliability back. I am very thankful to the team for not giving up and giving me such a top car. It was a pleasure to have our Volvo North America executives, Chief Financial Officer Tim Fissinger, Director of Marketing Jay Hamill and Vice President of Public Affairs Geno Effler, out here in Long Beach. We really appreciate their support. I would also like to thank my personal sponsors, WeatherTech, saferacer.com and TPC Racing."
Randy has been, and will continue to be, very busy with several exciting opportunities in the near future. Next weekend, Randy and teammate Alex Figge will travel to High Plains Raceway in Deer Trail, CO to instruct and entertain at the Rocky Mountain Vintage Racing's Drivers' School. He also recently completed a Motor Trend "Sport Coupe Comparison" featuring the Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S, Mustang V6, Hyundai Genesis 2.0L Turbo, Volkswagen GTI and Mazda MX-5 Miata that will out on newstands very soon. He will also be back for the 2012 Motor Trend "Best Driver's Car Test" in June. Keep your eyes out for the new Volvo TV commercial that will be coming out. It will be seen during World Challenge races and possibly at prime time sporting events. Be sure to catch Randy as he does expert analysis with Rick Benjamin for the Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup on the new Velocity network's "Mazda Motorsports Hour". The next few series air dates are April 21, April 28, May 9 and May 16, all at 12 PM ET. How exciting!
The Pirelli World Challenge Long Beach Grand Prix presented by StopTech will be televised on NBC Sports Network on April 29 at 3:00 PM ET. The next race for the World Challenge GT is at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT, April 27-28 for another GT/GTS only race. You can now watch live streaming on www.world-challengeTV.com on the day of races and continuously on demand after races.
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