Infineon deals bad hand to Kpax Racing and the Volvos. Coming off a three win high from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and the fastest times in practice from Randy Pobst (GT) and Aaron Povoledo (TC), K-PAX Racing was poised to continue their streak Saturday at Infineon Raceway in their first race of the double header race weekend. Unfortunately, it was not to be with a host of mechanical gremlins sneaking into the team’s cars to spoil the fun.
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In the GT race, Randy Post, qualifying third, used the most of his all new Volvo S60 AWD system on the standing start to rocket into the lead by turn one. For the first several laps, Pobst was able to maintain a gap over his pursuers. “With all of the issues we’ve had over the season, it was fantastic to be back at the front of the field,” said Pobst. That enthusiasm was short lived however as on lap four the car developed a misfire and Pobst pulled the car off track to prevent damaging the motor. “It looks like all of the four leaf clovers and horse shoes we’ve put in the car to help our luck haven’t work but I know the K-PAX crew will get to the root of our issues and have me back on track. Hey, tomorrows another day,” Pobst said referring to the second race on Sunday.
Alex Figge’s day lasted slightly long than Pobst. From ninth on the starting grid, race seven winner Figge, was able to gain a few spots. However on lap 8 Figge’s car developed an issue with the ABS system and he was unable to continue. “The S60 was great at the start. It felt almost as good as the car I had at Mid-Ohio. So that gives me a lot of encouragement going into tomorrows race.”
On the Touring Car side, Aaron Povoledo, starting his C30 on the front row next to Championship points leader Lawson Aschenbach, got a great start to get around Aschenbach but GTS traffic slowed him allowing Aschenbach to get back around. Povoledo was able to stay in contact with Aschenbach and put pressure on him for the opening few laps. On lap five a mechanical issue ended his day. Like his teammates, Povoledo was optimistic for tomorrows race. “We had a strong car today and I know the guys will get the issue resolved and we’ll be back on the front row for the start tomorrow.”
The one member of K-PAX Racing to enjoy some success today was Robb Holland. Holland struggled with traffic in morning qualifying and was only able to eek out a eigth place to start the race. However, as he has shown all season, no matter where he starts, Holland always manages to end up at the front of the field in short order. Today was no exception as he moved up several positions at the start. Holland battled with the top three cars for the remainder of the race and after hard contact from the Honda of Brett Sandberg damaged his suspension, Holland held on for a fourth place finish and earned Hard Charger of the Race award by advancing 9 position during the race. “The car was really good today which is a testament to my crew guys. They put in huge hours last night to get my car ready for today. I’m sure they got some more magic up their sleeves for tomorrows race!”