K-PAX Racing is one of the most successful GT race teams in recent U.S. history. Established in 2007, K-PAX Racing owns more than 50 wins and 100 podiums in the Blancpain GT World Challenge America Championship – one of the most competitive sports car racing series in North America. Since its formation, K-PAX Racing has won several championships with Porsche, Volvo, McLaren and Bentley.
Jim Haughey met with Bob Raub, a long-time racer and car builder, in the fall of 2006 to discuss the possibilities of a new race effort for the coming season. Using the Porsche 911 GT3 car as a base, three cars were built to World Challenge GT specifications. Drivers Michael Galati and Randy Pobst were assigned to each car, and K-PAX Racing began to take shape.
Success came quickly as Pobst captured the Driver’s Championship in 2007 and 2008. K-PAX Racing additionally helped Porsche to a Manufacturers’ Championship in 2008. In two seasons with Porsche, the team captured six wins, six poles, 26 top-five finishes and 31 top-10s.
K-PAX Racing teamed-up with Volvo in 2009, fielding two 2.5-liter, turbocharged Volvo S60 AWDs. With support from Volvo North America, the team built a competitive new platform from the chassis up. Designing, machining and assembling most of the car was an in-house project.
Pobst captured his third Drivers’ Championship with the team in 2010. That season, K-PAX Racing helped Volvo to its first Manufacturers’ Championship – its most recent to-date. K-PAX Racing campaigned Volvo S60s in the World Challenge GT class and expanded its fleet with Volvo C30s in the TC class through the 2013 season. K-PAX Racing and Volvo combined for 23 victories over five seasons – the most with any manufacturer over the team’s 12-year history.
K-PAX Racing welcomed two McLaren 12C GT3s into its garage in 2014 and concluded the season with its first win with the British-marque in the final race. The team continued its relationship with the manufacturer the following three seasons by updating to the McLaren 650S GT3 model.
Seasoned sports car driver Álvaro Parente joined K-PAX Racing for the 2016 season, making an instant impact on the team’s long legacy of success. Parente won six times in his inaugural year in American racing, giving K-PAX Racing its first championship since 2010. K-PAX Racing also helped McLaren GT to its most-recent Manufacturers’ title in the same year.
K-PAX Racing not only continued to compete in the Sprint GT class in 2017, but also participated in the series’ SprintX class. Altogether, the team captured 11 podiums in 11 events – also eclipsing the 100-podium milestone early-on in the season.
PAX Racing made a switch in manufacturer for the upcoming 2018 World Challenge season. Formally announced in December 2017, the team teamed up with Bentley and fielded two of its first-generation Bentley Continental GT3s. With the switch, the team welcomed Bentley Factory drivers Andy Soucek and Maxime Soulet to join Parente and Rodrigo Baptista respectively. The team won 10 races and earned 18 podiums on its way to its second-ever team championship. The team also reached the 50-win mark in its history – simultaneously giving Bentley its 50th victory with the first-generation Continental GT3 on June 23 at Road America (Wisc.).
K-PAX Racing is the first North American team to campaign the second-generation Bentley Continental GT3 in 2019.
WATKINS GLEN 2019