|June 27, 2004
Mid-Ohio 1-2 for Galati and Pobst
LEXINGTON, OH. (June 27, 2004) - Local Ohio resident and Defending Mid-Ohio Champion Michael Galati thrilled his hometown crowd by leading the SPEED World Challenge GT race from pole to podium today at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Michael's record breaking qualifying time (1:27.956) put he and his teammate Randy Pobst (grid 2nd) in prime position to dominate today's race. It was "follow the leader" as the pair of Audi RS 6 "Competition" cars maneuvered the 13-turn, 2.258-mile track. Several incidents throughout the scheduled 50-minute race shortened race time to only 41 minutes (24 laps).
Randy Pobst, driving the No. 1 Audi Certified pre-owned Audi RS 6, set the fastest lap of the race with a time of 1:29.647. While the third place car of John Heinricy driving a Cadillac CTS-V caught up to Pobst during several caution periods, it was the power of the 4.2 liter, V8, bi-turbo engine coupled with Audi's quattro, all-wheel traction that helped to keep him and Galati's No. 2 RS 6 up front.
The SPEED World Challenge series next heads west to Infineon Raceway in Sonoma California for round four, July 16-18.
Michael Galati (Olmstead, OH). "I'm so happy for the Certified pre-owned people, Champion Racing and Rod Bymaster. This team never quits. Last year was a disastrous year for me so coming back like this is great. I never give up and more importantly, I never follow!"
Randy Pobst (Gainesville, GA). "I think Mid-Ohio is an Audi Certified Pre-owned race track. Both our cars were perfect today. I personally want to thank my crew chief, James, for all his hard work. My RS 6 was fast today! I had that Cadillac breathing down my neck all race. It was a great battle and I congratulate Michael on his win."
Louis Milone (RS 6 Team Leader). "Our cars were hooked up today. The race ending early caught us off guard. Our cars were just getting to the point where they were starting to get loose. The tire situation was kind of brutal. We were at the critical point so the race being cut short was our ace in the hole today."
Michael Diol (Audi Certified Pre-owned Promotions Manager). "This was unbelievable today. It was great to see a finish like that, to see our Certified Pre-owned cars finish one and two. I know it was cut short today but it was still just so exciting. I cannot say how much I loved being here and seeing us win like that."
1) Michael Galati/N. Olmsted/OH Audi RS 6
Margin of Victory: 00.249 Seconds