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Utah: GT practice one report

Pilgrim Fastest In Opening SPEED GT Practice at Miller TOOELE, Utah (May 16, 2008) -- Andy Pilgrim, of Boca Raton, Fla., was fastest in Friday morning's opening practice session for this weekend's SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT ...

Pilgrim Fastest In Opening SPEED GT Practice at Miller

TOOELE, Utah (May 16, 2008) -- Andy Pilgrim, of Boca Raton, Fla., was fastest in Friday morning's opening practice session for this weekend's SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championship Round Three race, part of the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix Presented by the Grand and Little America Hotels at Miller Motorsports Park. Eric Curran, of East Hampton, Mass., and Ritch Marziale, of Tempe, Ariz., completed the top three.

Driving the No. 8 Remington Shaving Cadillac CTS-V, Pilgrim turned a fastest time of 1:57.398 (93.466 mph) around the 15-turn, 3.048-mile circuit. Miller Motorsports Park has not been kind to the former series champion, and despite pacing practice, Pilgrim's expectations for the weekend are modest.

"We're happy because we made a little bit of progress on the car from the times we got yesterday," Pilgrim said. "I'm not sure why a lot of people aren't quicker. We're just flat out. I would say there's a little bit of gamesmanship going on, let's put it that way.

"I got a good draft on that lap. I was behind James Sofronas for three laps and was slowly catching James. I had two laps where I had a great draft behind him and I'm sure that helped. When I was on my own I couldn't run within a half second of those times. But still, we made some progress over yesterday so I'm happy."

Curran, back in his primary No. 30 Whelen Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette for the first time since his accident at Sebring, was second fastest with a 1:57.514 (93.374 mph).

Marziale was fastest of the Dodge contingent in the No. 56 All-Cut Concrete Cutting Dodge Viper, turning a 1:57.558 (93.339 mph). Point leader Randy Pobst (No. 1 K-PAX Racing Porsche 911 GT3) and the most recent race winner at Long Beach, Brandon Davis (No. 10 ACS/Sun Microsystems Ford Mustang Cobra), completed the top five.

The second practice for Sunday's race will take place this afternoon at 5:30 p.m. (MDT). Log in to the SCCA Pit Board to follow live timing and scoring and live session notes.

-credit: scca pro racing

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Drivers Andy Pilgrim , Randy Pobst , Eric Curran , James Sofronas , Brandon Davis , Ritch Marziale