Fellows Takes Third for Team Cadillac in Rainy Mosport SPEED GT Race Cadillac Gains Ground in Manufacturers Championship with Podium Finish BOWMANVILLE, Ont., Sept. 2, 2006 - On a cold and rainy day in Canada, local hero Ron Fellows finished...
Fellows Takes Third for Team Cadillac in Rainy Mosport SPEED GT Race
Cadillac Gains Ground in Manufacturers Championship with Podium Finish
BOWMANVILLE, Ont., Sept. 2, 2006 - On a cold and rainy day in Canada, local hero Ron Fellows finished third in the 50-minute/23-lap SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT race at Mosport International Raceway. Starting his No. 16 Cadillac CTS- V on the pole on the rain-slick track, Fellows lost the drag race to the first turn to Michael Galati's all-wheel-drive Volvo S60R. He then lost second place to Tommy Archer's Viper on the 21st lap as his car suffered from an intermittent misfire. Andy Pilgrim suffered a similar misfire, finishing 21st after a pit stop failed to fix the problem.
Galati won with a one-minute, 32-second margin of victory over Archer, and James Sofronas' Porsche finished fourth behind Fellows' Cadillac. Cadillac gained ground in the race for the manufacturers championship, cutting Porsche's lead to seven points and Dodge's margin to six points. Pilgrim's finish proved costly; he remains third in the drivers championship standings, but now trails leader Lawson Aschenbach by 22 points.
"We had a car that was strong enough to finish a solid second, so I'm disappointed for Team Cadillac today," said Fellows. "I could run a pace that perhaps could have put pressure on the Volvo, but as soon as the misfire started my lap times fell off seven or eight seconds. If we had been able to force Galati, the outcome might have been different.
"Conditions were tough, with a lot of standing water everywhere," Fellows reported. "Forward traction was really difficult, and there were places where I couldn't get on the gas at all. We were fortunate to finish third in these conditions."
Pilgrim started alongside Fellows on the front row, but his progress was slowed by a persistent misfire almost immediately following the standing start.
Pilgrim was philosophical about the day's results: "That's racing," said the reigning SPEED GT champion.
"It appears that both cars were suffering from water entering the intake system," reported Team Cadillac program manager Dave Spitzer. "Both drivers did a great job today because the cars were very difficult to drive and they couldn't put the Cadillac power to the ground.
"I'm glad that Ron was able to bring home some points for Cadillac, and I'm disappointed for Andy," Spitzer continued. "We know we have a competitive package and we're going to keep fighting."
-credit: tc/gm racing