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Cadillac Fights for Manufacturers' Championship in Portland Team returns to the site of Cadillac's first motorsport victory, 95 years later PORTLAND - The General Motors Cadillac CTS-V racing team returns to the track this weekend at Portland ...

Cadillac Fights for Manufacturers' Championship in Portland
Team returns to the site of Cadillac's first motorsport victory, 95 years later

PORTLAND - The General Motors Cadillac CTS-V racing team returns to the track this weekend at Portland International Raceway, Round Five of the SCCA Speed World Challenge GT. Four races into its debut season, the Cadillac team trails Audi by just one point for the Manufacturers' championship approaching the halfway mark in the season.

"From the start of the season Cadillac's goal has been to win the manufacturers' championship," said David Spitzer, program manager for the Cadillac CTS-V race car. "The SCCA has issued a number of adjustments which have had an effect on many cars on the grid. As we near the midpoint in the season, our team has done a great job to keep our focus on winning a Manufacturers' title for Cadillac."

The team's return to Portland recalls a very special event in the history of the marque: the first ever victory for a wreath and crest vehicle. Cadillac's racing history dates back to 1909 when Howard Covey won the first race held in the United States National Championship series in Portland, Ore. Some thirty years later, Cadillac introduced the first mass-produced overhead-valve V8. Rated at 160 horsepower, this 331-cubic-inch (5.4-liter) engine featured high compression, a short stroke and lightweight construction; racers quickly recognized the advantages of this Cadillac powerplant.

Famed Indy driver Paul Russo won the 1949 Milwaukee 100 stock car race in a Cadillac, and Red Byron finished third in the 1950 NASCAR Southern 500 in Darlington, S.C. Gober Sosebee took the pole position and finished second in a 100-mile NASCAR Grand National race on a half-mile dirt track in Columbus, Ga., in June 1951. In 1952, Buck Baker won a 250-mile race in NASCAR's Speedway division in a Cadillac-powered Indy-style car, and Tom Deal's Cadillac finished second in the Carrera Panamerica road race in Mexico. Cadillac powered Cunningham sports cars and made the English-built Allard J-2 the car to beat on road courses from Watkins Glen, N.Y., to Pebble Beach, Calif.

Four races into the 2004 season, the new Cadillac team has claimed three podium finishes, including a 1-2 victory at Sebring, and currently trails the lead in the manufacturers' championship by just one point. Cadillac CTS-V drivers Andy Pilgrim and Max Angelelli sit in third and fourth place, respectively, in the drivers' championship.

The Cadillacs begin official timed practice sessions on Friday at Portland International Raceway. Sunday's race will appear on Speed TV on Sunday, August 1 at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

Cadillac is a division of General Motors (NYSE: GM). General Motors, the world's largest vehicle manufacturer, designs, builds and markets cars and trucks worldwide, and has been the global automotive sales leader since 1931. Cadillac products include CTS sport sedan, CTS-V, SRX luxury utility, STS (2005), DeVille, XLR luxury roadster, and the most powerful full-size utilities on the planet; Escalade, Escalade EXT and Escalade ESV.

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Drivers Andy Pilgrim , Max Angelelli