ROHR NAMES SCOTLAND'S McNISH TO PARTNER PILGRIM IN PORSCHE GT1 12 September, 1997 Allan McNish of Dumfries, Scotland, has been named by Jochen Rohr to partner Andy Pilgrim in the remaining four Professional SportsCar Racing Exxon Supreme...
ROHR NAMES SCOTLAND'S McNISH TO PARTNER PILGRIM IN PORSCHE GT1
12 September, 1997
Allan McNish of Dumfries, Scotland, has been named by Jochen Rohr to partner Andy Pilgrim in the remaining four Professional SportsCar Racing Exxon Supreme GTS-1 road races of the 1997 season. McNish will join the Rohr Motorsport Porsche 911 GT1 team at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 20, for a one-hour, 45-minute race. It will be the first race in the United States for the 27-year old. Going into the eighth of 11 races, Pilgrim, of Cooper City, Fla., holds a 33-point lead over his nearest competitors. Although his lengthy career includes wins in many of Europe's most prestigious "stepping-stone" series, McNish spends much of his racing time as the test driver for the Benetton Renault Formula One cars raced by Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger. He has been that team's test driver since 1993, following two seasons as the test driver for the Honda Marlboro McLaren F-1 team cars, led by the late Ayrton Senna. He is also a Porsche factory test driver and racer. "I met with Jochen Rohr and Andy Pilgrim in California last weekend, and I am very impressed with their reputation in American road racing, and their history of being able to field Porsches that have the ability to win races," McNish said. "If I am to expand my career, racing in America is imperative, and there's no better way to get oneself recognized than to win races." "That the Benetton and McLaren F-1 teams have utilized Allan as their test driver assures me that he has an ability to feel' what a race car is doing and to be able to communicate those impressions to his crew," said Rohr. "Testing is a thankless job where your success comes in private, but only the best drivers get hired to do that." Pilgrim is also regarded as one of the most technical and precise road racers in the world. He has now amassed a streak of 100 Professional SportsCar Racing-sanctioned events without a single failure to finish -- a streak started in July, 1992.