Team Cadillac Drivers Relish World Challenge Series' Return to Road America Pilgrim and Fellows Eager to Take on High-Speed Circuit in Cadillac CTS-V Race Cars ELKHART LAKE, Wis. - One road course that raises every racer's adrenaline level is...
Team Cadillac Drivers Relish World Challenge Series' Return to Road America
Pilgrim and Fellows Eager to Take on High-Speed Circuit in Cadillac CTS-V Race Cars
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. - One road course that raises every racer's adrenaline level is Road America. Its roots reach back to 1950 when drivers raced on the two-lane country roads connecting the resorts and rural retreats that circle Elkhart Lake, Wis. Although the race is now contested on a purpose-built course, the 4.0-mile Road America circuit reflects the tradition of great European road races like Spa and Le Mans. It's a track that rewards skillful drivers and high-speed handling prowess - assets that Team Cadillac has in abundance.
Reigning SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT champion Andy Pilgrim has been looking forward to Sunday's 50-minute sprint race at Road America since the start of the season.
"It's my favorite track in North America," Pilgrim declared. "It's all about long straights and fast corners. When you're racing through the woods, it feels like you're zooming off to grandma's house on country lanes. I'm looking forward to it because I absolutely love Elkhart Lake."
The seventh round of the 10-race SPEED GT series will mark the return of the World Challenge championship to Road America after a one-year hiatus. In Team Cadillac's only previous appearance at the track in 2004, drivers Max Angelelli, Ron Fellows and Pilgrim finished fifth, eighth and 14th respectively. Fellows is back in 2006 to drive the team's second CTS-V alongside Pilgrim. The Canadian ace will also pilot a Corvette C6.R with Johnny O'Connell in Sunday's American Le Mans Series race.
"I think the Cadillac CTS-V will be well suited to Road America's high-speed corners," Fellows predicted, "although we may struggle on the long straights with the intake restrictor that SCCA requires the Cadillac race cars to use. We weren't very optimistic going into the Long Beach street race, yet we came out with a win, so we'll do the best job we can at Road America."
Race fans can get insights into Road America and other race tracks where Team Cadillac competes on the recently relaunched teamcadillac.com web site. Visitors can read Pilgrim's scouting report on the circuits, look under the skin of the Cadillac CTS-V race car, meet the team behind the machines, and download videos, photos and wallpaper from the interactive site.
"Creating the Team Cadillac web site was a labor of love," said program manager Dave Spitzer. "The creative team pushed the envelope to showcase the technology of the race car and highlight its similarities with the production version. The web site gives visitors the ability to see through the race car like Superman, peeling off layers to reveal the aerodynamics, suspension system, safety equipment and powertrain. Andy's track notes describe the World Challenge circuits in detail, highlighting the most challenging corners and taking visitors on a virtual lap."
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