Cadillac Takes Podium Finish at Lime Rock Max Angelelli finishes third in action-packed race Lime Rock, Conn. - The General Motors' Cadillac CTS-V racing team finished on the podium in Monday's SCCA Speed World Challenge GT race at Lime Rock...
Cadillac Takes Podium Finish at Lime Rock
Max Angelelli finishes third in action-packed race
Lime Rock, Conn. - The General Motors' Cadillac CTS-V racing team finished on the podium in Monday's SCCA Speed World Challenge GT race at Lime Rock Park. Cadillac driver Max Angelelli passed a number of cars to finish third while teammate Andy Pilgrim finished fifth in the 46-lap race, which ended under yellow caution flags. The result is the second straight podium finish for Cadillac.
"We're satisfied with the results of the race today," said David Spitzer, program manager for the Cadillac CTS-V race car. "We ran as hard as we could all afternoon, and we're leaving Lime Rock with a few more points in our column."
Team Cadillac started Monday with a successful practice, setting the fastest time in morning warmup. At the start of the race, Max Angelelli and Andy Pilgrim were caught in a batch of traffic and found themselves having to fight tooth and nail to regain position. Eventually settling into seventh and ninth position, the Cadillacs moved up after a number of accidents involving other marques. Late in the race Angelelli passed both teammate Pilgrim and competitor Tommy Archer to capture the third position. Another late incident put the race under yellow caution flags and the Cadillacs crossed the line in the third and fifth positions.
"This was a very difficult race and we drove very hard to get our position," said Angelelli. "I was giving everything I had to get up to third place, taking risks where I could. When I passed for third I out-braked both the other Cadillac and the Viper into Turns 1 and 2, basically driving in the grass to avoid contact."
Andy Pilgrim started next to Angelelli in sixth position for Monday's race. Like his teammate, Pilgrim passed a number of cars on the 1.53-mile circuit. In the fifth position and starting to move to pass into fourth place, Pilgrim's progress was stalled when late race caution flags came out. The American finished fifth, one place higher than he started.
"Andy worked hard to maintain position during the many restarts today," said Tony Roma, GM Powertrain engine manager. "He did a great job through traffic and we're fortunate to have run both cars trouble free and without problems today. Our engines performed flawlessly in the face of the new competition adjustments, which have restricted our power."
Team Cadillac will take to the track next at the end of June for Round 3 of the Speed GT at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.