Heinricy Puts Cadillac on the Podium at Mid-Ohio Driver/Engineer finishes 3rd in action-packed race LEXINGTON, Ohio - The General Motors Cadillac CTS-V racing team finished on the podium in Sunday's SCCA Speed World Challenge GT race at ...
Heinricy Puts Cadillac on the Podium at Mid-Ohio
Driver/Engineer finishes 3rd in action-packed race
LEXINGTON, Ohio - The General Motors Cadillac CTS-V racing team finished on the podium in Sunday's SCCA Speed World Challenge GT race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Cadillac driver and GM engineer John Heinricy drove to a third place finish after making a pass on the first lap of the race. Drivers Max Angelelli and Andy Pilgrim charged hard to climb through the pack, finishing sixth and seventh, respectively. Sunday's result is the third straight podium finish for Cadillac.
"John Heinricy's podium finish is a great testament to the hard work of the Cadillac team," said David Spitzer, program manager for the Cadillac CTS-V race car. "It says a lot about GM that one of our key engineering leaders is able to compete like he did in today's race; fans should be excited because he is responsible for a lot of exciting new products in the pipeline. Max and Andy drove a great race and did the best job they could with the adjustments placed on their cars. I think it's going to be a battle all season long."
A dramatic start to the 24-lap event caused nearly the first half of the race to run under caution; cars came together and crashed at Turn 1 on the first lap, while another competitor blew an engine on lap 5 and caused another accident. Max Angelelli and Andy Pilgrim set a steady pace and collected position while John Heinricy held third place despite heavy pressure from a Dodge Viper in his mirrors.
Heinricy drove to a remarkable third place finish in the #12 Cadillac CTS-V. As Director of High Performance Vehicle Operations at GM, Heinricy takes what he learned in the podium-finishing Cadillac back to the development of future street cars.
"There were a lot of Cadillac fans that came out to see us and I think they saw a great race today," said Heinricy. "It's great to have partners such as Cadillac, GM Performance Division and GM Racing on this project. It's been a wonderful experience to be able to help engineer the street version of the CTS-V, the CTS-V race car, and now race it to a podium finish. This truly shows how we're learning to make better cars via the race track."
Driver Andy Pilgrim won the "Power Move of the Race" award after an excellent pass on the #44 Saleen into Turn 8.
"It was an exciting race to fight from the back after starting 12th," said Pilgrim. "The Saleen made a great pass on me and I followed him for a few laps, watching his tires wear away. We were side-by-side for a few laps so I can't remember exactly when I passed him, but the crew gave me the best car they could and I was able to point the Cadillac ahead for seventh place."
Angelelli started ninth but finished sixth, ahead of teammate Pilgrim.
"I gained one position on the start and thankfully was able to hold position. That was one of the most challenging races I've had and I feel restricted by the adjustments placed on our car. I ran absolutely flat out and that was the best finish I could hope for today."
The Cadillacs will return to the track at Sonoma's Infineon Raceway on July 16.