Texas Grand Prix Race Report in SCCA PRO SPEEDVISION Series
For immediate release
Texas Grand Prix
March 6, 2001
Keewaydin/Toad Hall Racing/Moorespeed Porsche 911 finds podium at Season Opener:
FORT WORTH, Texas (March 4, 2001)- Michael Galati, of N. Olmstead, Ohio, captured a wild SCCA Pro Racing Speedvision World Challenge GT win at the Texas Motor Speedway Leather Center Grand Prix of Texas. Superchips polesitter Peter Cunningham, of W. Bend, Wis., and Randy Pobst, of Melbourne, Fla., completed the top-three.
Pobst, who was filling in for an ailing Peter Kitchak in the No. 3 Keewaydin/Toad Hall Racing/Moorespeed Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, started from the rear of the field after the driver change and sliced through the pack to move into tenth position by the end of the first lap. His progress slowed once in the top-10, but Pobst capitalized off of spins by several other drivers to move on to the podium, earning both the Borla Performance Award and the Rogaine Hair Raising Pass of the Race in the process.
“It was quite an adventure,” said Pobst, who had earlier finished second in the American Le Mans Series race. “The thrill of a standing start and the fact that I haven’t driven the car all weekend was really great.”
Defending race winner Mike Fitzgerald, of Phoenix, Ariz., finished fourth, followed by 2000 series Champion Jeff McMillin, of Erie, Pa.
The race was slowed by two caution periods, including a hard hit by Greg Merril, of Chevy Chase, Md., at the end of the race. No drivers were injured.
“It was bitter sweet”, said crew chief David Moore, “Peter called me on business in Roderdam on Wednesday and I thought he sounded horrible.” “If the team had not worked so hard to get ready, I would stay at home”, said Kitchak. “Kitchak gave it everything he had, said Moore, but it was just too much. I wasn’t too surprized but disappointed when he told me to ask Randy if he can sub for the team. Kitchak has been battling near bronchitis since getting caught in Freezing rain in Roderdam on business earlier in the week. “However, Peter was standing next to me in the pits the whole race like a proud papa watching Randy. We both were amazed as he took off appropriately as his nickname, “Randy the Rocket”.
Thanks to all our friends, fans and family who attended and supported us at the race and via correspondence, especially the Hill Country and Maverick Region Porsche Clubs.
Special thanks to Alwin Springer, Herbert Amferer of Porsche Motorsports and Alex Job of AJR for allowing Randy Pobst to fill in for our Team owner and driver Peter Kitchak.
Toad Hall Motor Racing: www.toadhallracing.com
SCCA World Challenge and immediate results: www.sccapro.com
The Keewaydin group: www.keewaydin.com