|August 21, 2004
1-2 Podium Finish at Road America For Certified Audi Champion Racing
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. - The Audi Certified Champion RS 6 team demonstrated classic "textbook" racing today with their 1-2 podium finish on the 4.048-mile road course of Road America.
Randy Pobst and Michael Galati were 1-2 on the grid and with only a slight switch of position at the start of the race (Galati passed Pobst) the duo was able to keep their leading positions from flag to flag. Driving the No. 2 Certified pre-owned Audi RS 6, Galati passed Pobst going into Turn 1. Pobst ducked in behind Galati and together they cruised the famous hills and curves that wind through the Kettle Moraine Forest.
Pobst started to close the gap towards the end but it just wasn't enough to overtake his teammate while also fending off Phil McClure in his Corvette Z06.
There are a several weeks until the SPEED World Challenge GT series competes at Road Atlanta as part of the Petit Le Mans Weekend. Petit Le Mans is scheduled for September 23-25 at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia.
Michael Galati (Olmstead, OH). "I want to thank my teammate for giving me room going into Turn 1. After that I just put my head down and drove the wheels off. I tried to open a gap early because I was worried about the tires. I particularly want to thank Alcon and Ohlins for fantastic brakes and shock absorbers. They did a great job after Mosport. The Champion Racing guys, they just never die. They just never give up. They are the best!"
Randy Pobst (Gainesville, GA). "Champion Racing pulled a rabbit out of a hat today. They worked some magic on my RS 6 this weekend. It was just ultra competitive today. As Audi says, 'Never Follow'. That is unless you are following another Audi."
Louis Milone (Team Leader). "This 1-2 victory comes down to the team's performance as well as the driver's performance. The Champion guys worked tirelessly around the clock since Mosport, to continually develop these cars. As a team we are committed to winning the Manufacturer's Championship. Once again our hard work, team effort and commitment paid off."
Margin of Victory: 01.324 Seconds
Fastest Race Lap: Car #2 Michael Galati 02:18.116 MPH
Overall Race: 41:46.864 72.864 Miles 104.656 MPH
SPEED GT Point Standings
1) Michael Galati Audi RS 6 205
SPEED GT Manufacturer's Championship
1) Audi 48
For more information on Audi Certified pre-owned, visit www.audiusa.com/certified. For more information on Champion Racing, visit www.championracing.net.