Cadillac Qualifies on the Front Row of the Grid in Portland Max Angelelli comes within one hundredth of the pole position PORTLAND - The General Motors' Cadillac CTS-V racing team has claimed the second and sixth spots on the 22-car grid for...
Cadillac Qualifies on the Front Row of the Grid in Portland
Max Angelelli comes within one hundredth of the pole position
PORTLAND - The General Motors' Cadillac CTS-V racing team has claimed the second and sixth spots on the 22-car grid for Round 5 of the Speed World Challenge GT Championship at Portland International Raceway. Max Angelelli will start on the front row of the grid, second overall, after posting a fast lap of 1:17.988. Andy Pilgrim will begin Sunday morning's race from the third row of the grid, sixth position, after recording a time of 1:18.359. Going into Sunday's race, Cadillac trails Audi by just one point in the hunt for the manufacturers' championship.
"The team did a terrific job today," said David Spitzer, program manager for the Cadillac CTS-V race car. "Our misfortune at Infineon Raceway allowed Max to drop some weight, and that has helped a little. We're extremely proud of the entire team. This has been a long trip out west, and our engineers and mechanics continue to perform at a very high level. It feels good to be close to the front of the pack again."
After four races, the SCCA R.E.W.A.R.D.S. weight distribution will saddle Angelelli with 60 additional pounds while Pilgrim will carry 95 pounds. 22 cars started Saturday's 20-minute qualifying session in hot conditions, with track temperatures approaching 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Nearly all drivers on the grid recorded their fastest time on their very first timed lap. Cadillac drivers remarked that the spec Toyo tires are usually fastest on their first laps.
"When these tires are new they just stick a little bit better on that first lap," said Pilgrim. "This was a good session and I'm not unhappy with sixth place, but I think we could have been a tenth faster had I not missed an upshift coming out of the Festival Curves. The car is running very well and I'm looking forward to Sunday."
Running with new tires, Max Angelelli was able to put the Cadillac on the front row of the grid.
"It was very good," said Angelelli. "I'm happy. I get the feeling we would have a good lap because I drove with old tires yesterday and we were competitive. Tomorrow I will look to manage the tires depending on our track position relative to the other cars."
Round 5 of the Speed GT begins at 10:55 a.m. PDT on Sunday morning. The race will air on Speed Channel on Sunday, August 1 at 1:00 p.m. EDT.