Portland, Ore., September 10, 2000 - General Motors' factory Cadillac LMP race program returned to the world's premier forum of sports car racing - the American Le Mans Series - and posted a hard-fought eighth place overall finish in a field ...
Portland, Ore., September 10, 2000 - General Motors' factory Cadillac LMP race program returned to the world's premier forum of sports car racing - the American Le Mans Series - and posted a hard-fought eighth place overall finish in a field containing 26 of the world's fastest sports cars at Portland International Raceway.
Drivers Max Angelelli (Italy) and Wayne Taylor (South Africa) had the Cadillac LMP running as high as fifth place overall in the two hour and forty-five minute endurance race - which was the Riley & Scott-run Cadillac's first time back to action since the June running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France. Both Cadillac LMP program manager Jeff Kettman (GM Racing) and Bill Riley, chief design engineer at Riley & Scott, were pleased with the performance of the car - running in just it's fourth race in the program's first year of competition.
Kettman: "The car ran great. The engine (Cadillac Northstar V-8) was flawless and we did the absolute best job we could. We came into this race wanting to get back into a race mode for Petit Le Mans (Sept. 30, Road Atlanta) and did just that - getting back into the competitive end of things. Technically the car was sound, but we're a bit off the pace of the lead cars. Overall we've accomplished what we set out to do, which was to run a clean race with no problems and let the results be what they may."
In the closing minutes of the race the consistent-running Cadillac was in an excellent battle for seventh and eighth place with a Lola B2K/10. Riley, who was calling the shots, admitted to making a mistake in taking on too much fuel during the last pit stop which may have cost the team one spot in the standings. Still, the overall performance of the Cadillac LMP was solid, according to Riley.
Riley: "What this was was an excellent test for Atlanta. There were some issues with the handling of the car that we corrected, mainly with the use of a new Pirelli tire compound. We would have liked to have had more time to test at this track, but overall the gearbox, brakes and everything else worked very well." k