Braselton, Ga., Sept 30, 2000 - The Cadillac Northstar LMP program accomplished what it set out to do this weekend - finish one of America's most challenging sports car races - the 10 hour/1000 mile running of Road Atlanta's Petit Le Mans. With...
Braselton, Ga., Sept 30, 2000 - The Cadillac Northstar LMP program accomplished what it set out to do this weekend - finish one of America's most challenging sports car races - the 10 hour/1000 mile running of Road Atlanta's Petit Le Mans.
With three cars finishing in the top eight overall, including the No. 9 car surviving an early race spin-out and fighting back to 8th place, both the factory and European development (DAMS) Cadillac Northstar LMP teams put forth a strong showing in one of the more competitive sports car fields assembled this year.
Jeff Kettman (program manager, Cadillac Northstar LMP): "Both the factory guys and the DAMS team hung tough. We had to deal with a difficult situation this weekend and both GM and Riley & Scott pulled together and did what we set out to do - finish Petit Le Mans. And with DAMS here, it was also great to see all four cars finish."
Eric van de Poele (driver): "This was a tough race and we got four cars through the finish. So we proved we've got the reliability, now we've got to work on the speed. This Cadillac challenge is wonderful and to be part of this experience is fantastic."
Bill Riley (chief design engineer, Riley & Scott): "It would have been nice to run a bit harder with a clutch, but we're pleased with the way we finished. The (No. 19) car also had a brake rotor that went away, along with some electrical problems cause by the loss of the clutch (namely, a battery had to be changed). "Overall, it was pretty cool to see three Caddys in the top eight."
Max Angelelli (driver): "It was good that we ran the whole race without a clutch and the gearbox didn't break. It looks like we solved our gearbox problems."
The global Cadillac race program will run again on October 15th when the American Le Mans Series stops at Laguna Seca (Monterey, Calif.).