Team Cadillac Copes with Competition Adjustments in SPEED GT Qualifying Angelelli and Papis Qualify Seventh and Eighth at Infineon Raceway SONOMA, Calif., July 16, 2005 - Competition adjustments announced by SCCA Pro Racing impacted Team ...
Team Cadillac Copes with Competition Adjustments in SPEED GT Qualifying Angelelli and Papis Qualify Seventh and Eighth at Infineon Raceway
SONOMA, Calif., July 16, 2005 - Competition adjustments announced by SCCA Pro Racing impacted Team Cadillac's qualifying performance for today's SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT race at Infineon Raceway. With an additional 100 pounds of base weight and a reduction in engine output produced by new 50 percent intake restrictors, the three CTS-Vs performance luxury sedans qualified seventh, eighth and 14th on the 2.53-mile road course.
Guest driver Max Angelelli was the top qualifier for Team Cadillac, seventh on the starting grid with a 1:41.493 (89.740 mph) lap. Max Papis will start alongside his teammate on the fourth row with a 1:41.773 (89.493 mph) qualifying time, and points leader Andy Pilgrim is 14th on the speed chart at 1:42.707 (88.679 mph) in his CTS-V. Corvette drivers Lou Gigliotti and Leighton Reese captured the top two qualifying spots, circling the course in the 1-minute, 39-second range.
"This was the best I could do today, and honestly I'm not expecting much more for the race," said Angelelli, winner of the preceding race in Lime Rock, Conn. "We tried to get the best performance possible under the new rules for the Cadillacs, and that's what we had. It's as simple as that."
Papis concurred with his countryman: "We did our best and the car felt good, but we were already right on the limit before the adjustments," he said. "When you have that kind of restriction on the cars, there is not much you can do."
Andy Pilgrim will have an uphill battle to maintain his lead in the drivers championship when he starts on the seventh row of the grid.
"We've been searching for a setup that will work here this weekend," Pilgrim reported. "We decided to make some adjustments for qualifying. Some worked, and some didn't."
"I know that my engineer will make the right decision for the race, and I'll have the best car when it counts," he added.
Gigliotti put his C6 Corvette on the pole for the second straight race.
"The Corvette teams did a great job today to put two Chevrolets on the front row," commented Team Cadillac program manager Dave Spitzer. "The gap to the Porsches, which are our chief competition for the championship, is about what we expected based on the adjustments."
"The usual qualifying order has been jumbled a bit, and we expect there will be a lot of action in the race," Spitzer predicted. "Hopefully the Cadillac CTS-Vs can navigate safely through the pack and finish in points-scoring positions."
The seventh round of the SPEED GT will start at 10:05 a.m. EDT today. The 50-minute race will be televised on the SPEED Channel on Sunday, July 17, at 1:30 p.m. EDT.