Cadillac CTS-Vs Qualify Strong on the Streets of Denver Team Cadillac Overcomes Technical and Traffic Difficulties to Qualify Well for Race DENVER, Colo. - Team Cadillac drivers Max Papis and Andy Pilgrim persevered through a difficult...
Cadillac CTS-Vs Qualify Strong on the Streets of Denver
Team Cadillac Overcomes Technical and Traffic Difficulties to Qualify Well for Race
DENVER, Colo. - Team Cadillac drivers Max Papis and Andy Pilgrim persevered through a difficult qualifying session to land themselves solidly on the second and third rows of the grid respectively for the race Sunday afternoon. Papis qualified third with his best time of 115.575 just over four-tenths off of pole-sitter Wolf Henzler's time of 115.121, and Pilgrim was just another half-second behind Papis with a best lap of 116.074. As is commonplace in the highly competitive SPEED World Challenge GT racing, six different brands of race cars qualified in the top 10 spots on the grid.
After some technical difficulties on pre-grid with his car, Max Papis, who is carrying 40 pounds of REWARDS weight in Denver, drove several laps longer than usual in qualifying to find his fastest time.
"We had some minor difficulties with the car before the session started which delayed us from getting on the track in a clean, traffic-free area where I'd like to be," commented Papis. "The crew stayed calm and did an excellent job of recovering from this problem to get me out on the track. By the time I was out though, I had to contend with bad traffic so the team brought me back into the pits. We lowered our tire pressures a bit and went back out only to have a big moment in traffic in turn nine. Once I found some open space to run in I was able to complete my fast lap which places me right behind the pole position, not a bad place to start the race from."
Andy Pilgrim, carrying 150 pounds of REWARDS ballast, also had to contend with some technical issues and struggle in traffic to turn his quickest qualifying lap on only his second lap in the session.
"My first lap out on new tires was good and the car felt quite strong, but my fastest lap, on the second full-speed lap, could have been better had I not come upon some fairly heavy traffic," remembered Pilgrim of his qualifying session. "After driving into the pits for some minor adjustments to the chassis setup, I felt I had more in the car and could turn a quicker lap, but traffic I encountered through the rest of the session just wouldn't allow it."
Team Cadillac program manager Dave Spitzer was satisfied with the team's performance in qualifying, "we placed about where I expected we would so I'm looking forward to a strong performance in the race. We knew coming into Denver that the Porsches would be particularly strong on this narrow and twisty street circuit. I'm happy with the performance of our racing CTS-Vs here on the streets of Denver. Our CTS-V race cars have a lot in common with Cadillac's CTS-V street cars, and they are definitely a lot of fun to play with on the street as well."
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.