March 14 2002

Galati on Pole at Sebring

Michael Galati, driving the number one Champion Audi/Audi S4 Competition, will start from pole position for Friday's World Challenge Speed GT race.

Capitalizing on a recent test session at this very track, Galati was able to turn a time of 2:19.229 and an average speed of 95.6 mph to get the top starting position. The Ohio native was two seconds under the previous lap record.

"I think we had a slight advantage as a result of testing here a month ago. The Champion team has done a wonderful job with the ongoing development of the suspension from Road Atlanta last year," said Galati. "The race will be very hot and it will be important to keep tires under the car. I am sure that the NSX of Cunningham will do everything he can to repeat last years battle."

Derek Bell, driving the number 8 Legends of Motorsport/Audi S4, qualified in ninth place with a time of 2:21.540. "I had a slight push, but the car feels good. We will work on a few things with the Champion crew and look forward to competitive race tomorrow," said Bell.

Speed GT Qualifying:
1. Michael Galati Audi S4 2:19.22 New track record
2. P.D. Cunningham Acura 2:20.11
3. Joh. Van Overbeek Porsche 2:20.29
4. John Young Saleen 2:20.43
5. David Farmer Corvette 2:20.46
6. Jeff McMillin BMW 2:20.54
7. Phil McLure Corvette 2:20.76
8. Justin Marks Porsche 2:21.17
9. Derek Bell Audi S4 2:21.54
10. Bob Miller Porsche 2:22.39

The Speed GT race from Sebring will be televised on the Speed Channel on Saturday, March 30 at 9:00 p.m. EST.

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