Well today was an absolute blast. I was hanging out at the K-Pax racing paddock before the race checking out cars #1 and #8, and was talking with a guy who was very cool and knowledgable about the car. Turns out it was Andy Pilgrim, the driver of car #8. <p><IMG SRC="http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff207/kkafeyan/100_4008800x600.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff207/kkafeyan/100_4004800x600.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff207/kkafeyan/100_4039800x600.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff207/kkafeyan/100_4044800x600.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff207/kkafeyan/100_4005800x600.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff207/kkafeyan/100_4006800x600.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff207/kkafeyan/100_4007800x600.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff207/kkafeyan/100_4019800x600.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Was honored to see that K-Pax uses an R Kelly CAI type system as their sole intake... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><IMG SRC="http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff207/kkafeyan/100_4040800x600.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff207/kkafeyan/100_4042800x600.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>These built in air pressure activated jack stands are just too cool...<p><IMG SRC="http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff207/kkafeyan/100_4045800x600.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Randy Pobst, the driver of car #1 actually took second place today, <p><IMG SRC="http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff207/kkafeyan/100_4016800x600.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>he was battling with an orange Porsche for second place, and on the final lap, got a little aggressive and caused the Porsche to spin off the track right in front of us...<p><IMG SRC="http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff207/kkafeyan/100_4018800x600.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><I>Down toward the end of the race, in the last couple laps, it was me and Tony running second and third. Especially on the last lap, I think the Volvo and the all-wheel-drive was helping me out because my car was not falling off as bad as his and I started getting a nose on him everywhere.<p>After hounding Rivera for five laps, Pobst made his move on the final tour of the 11-turn, 2.238-mile course. While the move in Turn Four gave Pobst the spot, it sent River spinning into the gravel, where his race would end. <p>"I just timed it wrong and I turned him around in Turn Four," confessed Pobst. "Man, I just hate that because I'm always the one preaching not to do that to other people! It's funny because that happened to me two years ago. And being back here at Laguna brought it all back for me and I'm still angry about that and then there I go and do it to somebody else. I'm gonna have to sleep on that and try to figure out what it all means. Anyhow, I apologize to Tony Rivera for my mistake in turning him around." </I><p>Andy Pilgrim finished in 5th<p><IMG SRC="http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff207/kkafeyan/100_4017800x600.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff207/kkafeyan/100_4022800x600.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Wheels/tires are just amazing. 18x10"? BBS were very light. 305/35s are monstrous. Wonder how many g's those pull.<p><IMG SRC="http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff207/kkafeyan/100_4037800x600.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff207/kkafeyan/100_4036800x600.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>For the podium cars, they have to get inspected, they check EVERYTHING, measurements, weights and it looks like the judges even download the ECU data.<p>Porsche won<br><IMG SRC="http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff207/kkafeyan/100_4029800x600.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Pobst in #1 Volvo took second<br><IMG SRC="http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff207/kkafeyan/100_4026800x600.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Mustang took third<br><IMG SRC="http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff207/kkafeyan/100_4027800x600.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Very interesting quotes from Pobst:<p><I>"It's been a development year with the K-PAX Volvo," Pobst said. "One of the challenges for the team has been how to get the car to get off the line. It's got a small engine with a big turbo. It's got a lot of traction and it's tough to get it going. Guess what? They figured out a system that works and it was nice to have a car that moved when I let out the clutch." </I><p>WHAT SYSTEM IS THIS THAT ELIMINATES BOG? Seriously, anyone know someone from K-Pax racing that could ask? <p>At any rate, enjoy the pics. It was great meeting up with michaelc, wish more of the NorCal folks could have made it. There were parking areas for Porsches, Corvettes and BMW clubs, maybe next year there can be a Volvo area?