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Lime Rock: Cadillac CTS-V preview

Cadillac CTS-V Race Cars Prepare for Round 2 at Lime Rock Sebring champions work on race setup in mixed conditions Lime Rock, Conn. - The General Motors' Cadillac CTS-V racing team returns to the track this weekend at Lime Rock Park in ...

Cadillac CTS-V Race Cars Prepare for Round 2 at Lime Rock
Sebring champions work on race setup in mixed conditions

Lime Rock, Conn. - The General Motors' Cadillac CTS-V racing team returns to the track this weekend at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut. During practice sessions on Friday, drivers Max Angelelli and Andy Pilgrim worked to achieve a balanced setup on the 1.53-mile road course during a day of heavy rain and clouds. The two-car factory program returns to competition after a remarkable 1-2 finish at Round 1 of the SCCA Speed World Challenge GT Championship at Sebring in March.

"These conditions are difficult for any race car but we're taking away some good data from practice today," said David Spitzer, program manager for the Cadillac CTS-V race car. "With the new competition adjustments, our team has a significant challenge going into this weekend. This is a great team with great people and we're working to find the best race setup for the weekend."

The first 25-minute session was characterized by heavy rain and standing water on the track, with most of the 29 World Challenge cars taking only a few laps before returning to their paddocks. #8 Cadillac CTS-V driver Andy Pilgrim recorded six laps; #16 Cadillac CTS-V driver Max Angelelli set the fifth fastest lap of the session on his first timed run but then slid off the outside of Turn 2 and was stuck in a patch of wet grass for the remainder of the session.

"I made a mistake in the morning session and I was waiting to go back out in the afternoon," said Angelelli. "In the second session the track conditions were better and we ran at a very hard pace. This is my first time at Lime Rock and I am very impressed with the track."

The Cadillacs experienced brief electrical problems at the start of the 25-minute afternoon session, eventually sorting through their issues and joining the field on the drying surface. Pilgrim set a fast time of 56.427 seconds while Max Angelelli posted a best time of 56.819 seconds in the #16 Cadillac CTS-V.

"I think our handling package suits Lime Rock," said Pilgrim. "Although I experienced a little bit of push early on, I think that's much better than having oversteer here; this track is all about momentum. We're excited for qualifying tomorrow afternoon."

Team Cadillac will qualify on Saturday at 3:10 pm for Monday's one-hour World Challenge GT race.

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Drivers Andy Pilgrim , Max Angelelli