Tooele, Utah (April 28, 2012) - Randy and his #6 K-PAX Racing Volvo S60 team traveled to picturesque Utah this week for round four of the 2012 Pirelli World Challenge GT Championship at Miller Motorsports Park, fresh on the heels of a podium finish at Long Beach. After suffering issues during practice, the K-PAX team changed engines and were able to qualify in third position. Knowing that they had the Volvo all-wheel drive to assist in the launch, Randy, and even the race commentators, knew the Volvos would get the best start. But so did the polesitter, Patrick Long who was right in front of Randy. When he saw Randy soar off the grid, he moved over to block him and put the Volvo off the track. Randy quickly recovered, but the start advantage was gone and the Volvo was in fourth position. Due to SCCA rules which are meant to equalize the cars, the Volvos are more limited in power, making it really difficult for Randy to pass the other cars. The Volvo reliability remained and Randy hung on to finish a solid sixth.
"I am so happy with the performance of my Volvo this weekend. I felt we ran great in qualifying, especially with the limited practice we had. I was really looking forward to the standing start because I knew the Volvo all-wheel drive would give us an advantage and be my best opportunity to get to the front. But Patrick Long wasn't going to allow that. He saw me coming, swerved and blocked me, and drove me into the dirt. I'm not happy with that at all. That's not how I race and I have lost a lot of respect for him. He was going to win the race anyway with that speed. By the time I got back on track, I was stuck behind the Ferrari. He was fast on the straights and held me up in the corners. It made for a long and frustrating race. My car was performing superbly but I didn't have the power to get by him."
My engineers, Will Moody and Dax Raub, gave us a phenomenal setup and the Volvo handled and ran really well. Using the Long Beach engine was the hot ticket. We just didn't have the pace to run with the Porsches, Cadillacs and Corvettes. SCCA has reduced our turbo boost, to compensate for our all-wheel drive advantage, and I think that's part of our lack of competitiveness on the straights. The start is the only advantage we have right now due to rules. I would like to thank the K-PAX team who again went over and beyond the call of duty, changing engines and doing it right. I would also like to thank my personal sponsors, WeatherTech, saferacer.com and TPC Racing for supporting us again this weekend. I brought the car home clean and in one piece with a decent finish. We have had two solid races now with strong and reliable Volvos and I'm looking forward to the next race in California."
The Pirelli World Challenge Privacy Star Grand Prix Presented by Bondurant will be televised on NBC Sports Network on May 27 at 11:00 PM ET. Keep your eyes out for the new Volvo TV commercial that will be seen during World Challenge races and other sporting events. The next race for the World Challenge GT is at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, May 10 - 11. 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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