MONTEREY, Calif., October 15, 2000 - Battling traction and downforce problems during testing and qualifying all week, the GM Racing Cadillac Northstar LMP rallied on race day and laid down a solid seventh-place overall finish in its last race of...
MONTEREY, Calif., October 15, 2000 - Battling traction and downforce problems during testing and qualifying all week, the GM Racing Cadillac Northstar LMP rallied on race day and laid down a solid seventh-place overall finish in its last race of the 2000 season, and last race with the Indianapolis-based Riley & Scott team.
GM Racing is preparing to launch a new Cadillac Northstar LMP for the 2001 American Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team set to replace Riley & Scott has yet to be named.
Here's what the drivers and team had to say about the race and 2000 season:
Jeff Kettman , Cadillac Northstar LMP program manager, GM Racing: "The thing we can take out of this season is that we proved the reliability and durability of this car by being there in the end. Other than the one incident at Sebring, we finished every race this year. So we'll take this season and improve upon it next year."
Bill Riley , chief design engineer, Riley & Scott: "In my eyes it was a bad season for us, but you learn a lot in a bad season. So we'll be looking forward to next year."
Mike Croake , team manager, Riley & Scott: "This was the last one for the guys - and they dug deep and worked hard today. I was proud of them. We're going to try to stay together next year."
Max Angelelli , driver: "We finished better than I thought we would today. You could not push the car because if you push it would go slower. Overall, I was proud to be part of this program and I see better things in the future for Cadillac."
Wayne Taylor , driver: "Cadillac has a long road ahead of it. It's going to take lots and lots of work to get this program to the level it needs to be, but I'm certain GM is looking forward to it."