Cadillac CTS-V Race Cars Practice at Mid-Ohio Angelelli, Pilgrim and Heinricy Up Front in Practice for Round 3 of Speed GT LEXINGTON, Ohio - The General Motors' Cadillac CTS-V racing team returns to the track this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports...
Cadillac CTS-V Race Cars Practice at Mid-Ohio
Angelelli, Pilgrim and Heinricy Up Front in Practice for Round 3 of Speed GT
LEXINGTON, Ohio - The General Motors' Cadillac CTS-V racing team returns to the track this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for Round 3 of the SCCA Speed World Challenge GT. During practice on Friday, drivers Max Angelelli, Andy Pilgrim and John Heinricy ran near the front of the 35-car pack. Angelelli set the second fastest time of the day, Pilgrim the third and Heinricy the fifth fastest. The two-car team expands to three cars for Sunday's race on the heels of two consecutive podium finishes this season, including a 1-2 victory at Sebring in March. Cadillac is tied with Audi for the lead in the Manufacturers' Championship while Max Angelelli leads the Drivers' title with 60 points.
"I am very happy with the performance of Team Cadillac and John Heinricy is doing a great job for us in our third car," said David Spitzer, program manager for the Cadillac CTS-V race car. "It's hard to say too much from one session as there was a lot of traffic and some of the cars may have been on older tires. Mid-Ohio is a great track and we are looking forward to putting on a great show for everyone headed down from Detroit."
The Cadillac race cars sat out of the first official practice session on Friday after morning rains left the track damp. Team members worked to achieve a balanced setup during the morning and afternoon hours, receiving feedback from the three drivers after Thursday's unofficial test sessions. In the second official session on Friday, the Cadillacs joined practice and posted fast times, although the 20-minute run was eventually cut short due to an accident. As competitive adjustments have changed the CTS-V from its Sebring specification, team members have worked hard to regain performance in chassis improvements and suspension.
"I'm very pleased with the performance of the car today," said Angelelli. "To be able to run below the 1:30 mark is very good given what the adjustments have done to our car. I credit the team for their hard work."
Fellow Cadillac driver Andy Pilgrim echoed the Italian's statement.
"I was very happy with the changes the team has made to the car, even from yesterday's session to today," said Pilgrim. "The track is very green but that doesn't necessarily hurt us here as we're basically running on street tires. There was a fair amount of grip on the track but it was also very cool today. We're hoping for good things during qualifying tomorrow."
Cadillac's third driver, John Heinricy, has the dual role of both race car driver and engineer this weekend. Heinricy's "day job" of developing cars and trucks for GM's Performance Division means that the things he learns on the track have a direct link back to future products.
"My Cadillac was great today and I think it's further evidence of the great partnership we have here between Cadillac, GM Performance Division and GM Racing," said Heinricy. "We made some improvements over yesterday, including alignment, height and suspension changes. We basically fine-tuned every possible area of the car so it was very dialed-in today. The combination of changes worked very well for us."
Team Cadillac will qualify on Saturday at 11:10 a.m. for Sunday's World Challenge GT race.