Podium Finish For Team Cadillac At Cleveland Max Angelelli Finishes Behind Robin Liddell in Closest Finish in SPEED World Challenge History; Andy Pilgrim Comes in Third CLEVELAND - A weekend of exciting racing at Burke Lakefront...
Podium Finish For Team Cadillac At Cleveland
Max Angelelli Finishes Behind Robin Liddell in Closest Finish in SPEED World Challenge History; Andy Pilgrim Comes in Third
CLEVELAND - A weekend of exciting racing at Burke Lakefront Airport concluded with what was the closest finish in SPEED World Challenge History, a finish that put Team Cadillac on the podium for the third consecutive race. Max Angelelli, driver of the #12 CTS-V race car, finished second behind Robin Liddell by only 0.038 seconds. Teammate Andy Pilgrim drove his #8 CTS-V to a third place finish, which now puts him in the lead in driver points standings.
"I tried to be patient at the end, to push the last 10 laps and maybe get a chance to pass," said Angelelli. "But Robin also had something in his pocket like I did and he used it. It was very close, but this finish is still good for the team in the manufacturers championship. I'm happy with how we did today; I'm proud of my team."
The two podium finishes sustain Cadillac's lead in the manufacturers championship to a total of 33 points, only two points ahead of rival Porsche. With six races still to go, it could be anyone's guess as to how the season will conclude.
Max Papis, who showed potential for a strong finish and qualified first this morning, had a bit of hard luck in the first turn of the race's first lap that set him back. A short time later as he was making a comeback charge through the field, damage from contact with another car put him a lap down as he was forced to pit to change a punctured tire. However, the reliability of the car allowed him to finish the race despite significant body damage and will enter the next race with 60 lbs. of R.E.W.A.R.D.S. weight removed.
"It's too bad what happened to Max, but this will help him for the next race," said Andy Pilgrim. "The mess in turn one put me back as well, but I managed to get back up to third from tenth despite the fact that my car wasn't as good after the yellow caution as it was prior to it."
Team Cadillac returns to action in less than a week at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut to race in the sixth round of SPEED GT World Challenge on July 2. The race will air that same day on SPEED TV at 5:00 p.m. EDT.