Optimism Returns to Team Cadillac Just in Time Competition Adjustments Return Power, Giving Team Cadillac Hope for Improvement DENVER, Colo. - Following a couple of disappointing races at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA and Portland International...
Optimism Returns to Team Cadillac Just in Time
Competition Adjustments Return Power, Giving Team Cadillac Hope for Improvement
DENVER, Colo. - Following a couple of disappointing races at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA and Portland International Raceway in Portland, OR, optimism returns to Team Cadillac. While SCCA officials have chosen to keep the additional 100 pounds strapped to the CTS-Vs that they added before the Infineon race, their latest competition adjustments will return the power to their GM small-block V-8 engines by increasing the air inlet restrictor opening from 50 percent to the original 40 percent they enjoyed before the Infineon race.
The poor performance in the last two races eroded all of Team Cadillac's lead in the manufacturers' championship, now running one point behind Porsche for the title, and most of Team Cadillac driver Andy Pilgrim's lead in the drivers' championship, now just a narrow two-point gap ahead of Viper driver Tommy Archer.
"We are looking forward to having the chance to run competitively against the Porsches, Corvettes and Vipers again," commented Team Cadillac program manager Dave Spitzer. "With just three races remaining in the season, at Denver, Mosport and Laguna Seca, hopefully we have enough season left to regain the manufacturers' championship, that's been our primary goal all along. We should all certainly again see some of the world's closest sports car racing, the kind of competitive racing the SCCA's SPEED World Challenge GT series has become well known for."
Team Cadillac will run just two of its racing CTS-Vs in Denver with regular team drivers Max Papis and Andy Pilgrim. Though they will each be carrying 40 pounds and 150 pounds of REWARDS weight respectively, both drivers are excited to go racing again.
"The racing this weekend in Denver should certainly be fun," said Max Papis. "Many of the drivers, including myself, have never driven here before, and this circuit and its altitude will bring new stresses to the cars and provide many challenges for everyone. With our engine restrictors returned to where they were earlier in the season, I look forward to being able to race near the front again and would love to step onto the podium again."
Drivers' championship leader Pilgrim has similar thoughts on his mind concerning the race this weekend in Denver.
"There are a lot of variables to concern ourselves with this weekend," offered Pilgrim. "This is a new track for most of the drivers, we run it counter-clockwise, the thin air at this high altitude will have a negative impact on engine performance and cooling and brake cooling, and it's a relatively tight and bumpy street circuit. I'm looking forward to the challenge and am focused on working with Max and the rest of the team as we drive for the manufacturers' championship."
Team Cadillac program manger Spitzer noted another unique element to this race weekend; "we'll only have one one-hour practice session in Denver rather than the two shorter sessions we usually have. We'll have to be very well prepared for that one session to be able to assess and make any adjustments we may need in the chassis before qualifying and the race."
The 50-minute SPEED GT race at the Grand Prix of Denver starts at 4:15 p.m. local time on Sunday, August 14. The race will be televised on the SPEED Channel on Saturday, August 20, at 2 p.m. EDT.