Cadillac Posts Fast Times in First Practice Sessions at Sebring Angelelli and Pilgrim off to a strong start in first official timed sessions SEBRING, Fla. -- The General Motors' Cadillac division officially returns to racing this weekend...
Cadillac Posts Fast Times in First Practice Sessions at Sebring
Angelelli and Pilgrim off to a strong start in first official timed sessions
SEBRING, Fla. -- The General Motors' Cadillac division officially returns to racing this weekend at Sebring International Raceway and has started off with a strong showing after two practice sessions on Wednesday. Cadillac drivers Max Angelelli and Andy Pilgrim set fast speeds in two 20-minute practice sessions before Round 1 of the SCCA Speed World Challenge GT Championship.
"We're excited that this historic week for Cadillac is finally here," said David Spitzer, program manager for the Cadillac CTS-V race car. "We've been working to develop our CTS-V for quite some time and we think that the fans will really enjoy seeing these cars on the track. Our hope this week is to work hard and start off the season near the front."
The Cadillac CTS-V race cars set the fastest time in Wednesday's evening practice session, a best lap of 2:12.770 by #16 Cadillac CTS-V driver Max Angelelli, after a morning session spent working to achieve a balanced setup. The Cadillac CTS-V is the first race car developed by GM Racing in conjunction with Cadillac and the new GM Performance Division, an in-house center designed to explore potential enthusiast-oriented versions of production models. The same engineers who conceived the CTS-V for street use were directly involved in the creation of the race car. Drivers Max Angelelli and Andy Pilgrim voiced their confidence for the Cadillac in the cars' first outing under official timing.
"This is a great racing series and I am proud to be here with Cadillac," said Angelelli. "When I think about the time we spent testing the car along with the GM engineers last year, we have really worked hard to get to this point. We are hoping for good conditions for qualifying tomorrow and hopefully a spot somewhere near the front."
Angelelli's teammate, Andy Pilgrim, also took time to reflect upon the hard work done by Team Cadillac to prepare for the first race of the 10-event season.
"Our competitors have a leg up on us with their experience in this series, but I have years of experience at Sebring and our team has worked very hard in preparation for this race," said Pilgrim. "For Max and I to be asked to drive the new Cadillac CTS-V in its first race anywhere in the world is indeed an honor."
Team Cadillac will qualify on Thursday at 11:45 am for Friday's 50-minute World Challenge GT race.
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