Team Cadillac Scores Top-10 Finishes in SPEED GT Papis and Pilgrim Persevere in Portland Grand Prix PORTLAND, Ore., July 31, 2005 - Team Cadillac made the best of a difficult situation today in the eighth round of the SCCA SPEED World Challenge...
Team Cadillac Scores Top-10 Finishes in SPEED GT Papis and Pilgrim Persevere in Portland Grand Prix
PORTLAND, Ore., July 31, 2005 - Team Cadillac made the best of a difficult situation today in the eighth round of the SCCA SPEED World Challenge at Portland International Raceway. Max Papis was the highest finishing Cadillac CTS-V driver in eighth place, while Andy Pilgrim maintained his lead in the drivers championship with a 10th-place finish. Team Cadillac's third driver John Heinricy was 11th.
The C6 Corvettes of Dino Crescentini and Leighton Reese finished first and second in the 33-lap sprint.
The effects of competition adjustments imposed on the Cadillac CTS-Vs were evident on PIR's long straights, as additional weight and smaller engine restrictors hampered the Cadillacs' performance on this fast 1.94-mile circuit.
"Team Cadillac's results were about the best we could have hoped for today," commented Team Cadillac program manager Dave Spitzer. "There's no magic in auto racing; you have to have some horsepower to fight - and hopefully Team Cadillac will get some horsepower back soon."
"We're going to keep working hard and keep pushing," Spitzer said. "Our goal is to come home with the big prize at the end of the season."
Ironically, the 1-2 finish by the Corvettes was a boon for Cadillac in the manufacturers championship. Porsche's third-place finish earned five points, and Cadillac now trials its German rival by one point in the manufacturers standings.
"I had an awesome start and wanted to make my guys proud," Papis reported. "I went side-by-side with a Viper into the first turn, but then got passed like I was standing still. Our power deficit was definitely evident."
Pilgrim's gutsy drive from 15th on the starting grid to 10th at the finish earned him the Sunoco Hard Charger award. He now leads the drivers championship by two points.
"I'm very surprised and happy that I received the award," Pilgrim declared. "It was really slippery out there. There was oil all over the back straight and maybe it cooked everyone's tires. After things settled down, it was actually a pretty uneventful race for me."
Today's SPEED GT race at Portland International Raceway will be televised on the SPEED Channel on Sunday, August 7, at 3 p.m. EDT.
The next round of the 11-race series is the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver on August 12-14. The SPEED GT race will start 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 (check local listings).