Pilgrim Fastest in Practice for SCCA SPEED GT Finale MONTEREY, Calif. (October 19, 2007) -- Andy Pilgrim, of Boca Raton, Fla., improved on his morning practice time to set the fastest practice lap of the day for Round Ten of the SCCA Pro...
Pilgrim Fastest in Practice for SCCA SPEED GT Finale
MONTEREY, Calif. (October 19, 2007) -- Andy Pilgrim, of Boca Raton, Fla., improved on his morning practice time to set the fastest practice lap of the day for Round Ten of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championship, part of the Monterey Sports Car Championships. Michael McCann, of North Canton, Ohio, and Michael Galati, of Olmstead, Ohio, were second and third quickest, respectively, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
While most of the SCCA SPEED Touring Cars were unable to improve on their morning practice times in the session previous to the SCCA SPEED GT cars, the track conditions wound up being perfect for Pilgrim to improve on his. The No. 8 XM/Mobil 1/Motorola/Bose Cadillac CTS-V pilot set the fastest lap of the day, a 1:29.373 (90.148 mph), in the 20-minute afternoon session.
"The sun went in and the temperature dropped, which is exactly what we needed," Pilgrim said. "The temperature drop is good for the engine and good for the tires.
"I'm pretty much a real long shot now for the Drivers' Championship after Atlanta, but if we can get the one point for pole we'd wrap up the Manufacturers' Championship. Obviously my focus is to get the pole if I can."
McCann posted the second-fastest time of the day in his No. 82 McCann Plastics/K&N Filters Dodger Viper, entering a 1:29.698 (89.821 mph) in the afternoon session.
Galati just outpaced teammate Randy Pobst, turning a 1:29.970 (89.549 mph) in the No. 23 K-PAX Racing LLC/Jim Haughey Porsche 911 GT-3. Point leader Pobst, of Gainesville, Ga., who was fastest in the morning session, was unable to improve on his time in the afternoon and ended the day fourth in his No. 22 K-PAX Racing LLC/Jim Haughey Porsche 911 GT-3, with a time of 1:30.118 (89.402 mph).
Defending SCCA SPEED GT Champion Lawson Aschenbach, of West Palm Beach, Fla., snuck into the top five on his final hot lap. The No. 1 XM/Mobil 1/Motorola/Bose Cadillac CTS-V driver stopped the clocks with a 1:30.126 (89.394 mph).
Jeff Courtney (Dodge Viper), Ron Fellows (Cadillac CTS-V), Tomy Drissi (Chevrolet Corvette), James Sofronas (Porsche 911 GT3) and Gunter Schaldach (Dodge Viper) competed the top ten.
Qualifying for the SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT Championship finale will take place Saturday at 9:50 a.m. (PDT). Live timing and lap notes are available at www.world-challenge.com. The race will go green Sunday at 2:55 p.m. (PDT).