Cadillac Finishes Fifth at Elkhart Lake Angelelli top CTS-V driver on Saturday afternoon ELKHART LAKE, Wisc. - The General Motors' Cadillac CTS-V racing team finished fifth, eighth and 14th in Round 8 of the SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT at Road...
Cadillac Finishes Fifth at Elkhart Lake
Angelelli top CTS-V driver on Saturday afternoon
ELKHART LAKE, Wisc. - The General Motors' Cadillac CTS-V racing team finished fifth, eighth and 14th in Round 8 of the SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT at Road America. Max Angelelli was the top Cadillac finisher amongst the 26 competitors in clear but cool conditions on Saturday. With two races remaining in the 2004 season, Cadillac is nine points behind the lead for the Manufacturers' championship.
"I am truly proud of the team as we consistently put forth a strong effort, and today was no different," said David Spitzer, program manager for the Cadillac CTS-V race car. "Today was a bit of a tough day for us. Everyone gave their best and today we came up a bit short. The mark of a great team is to overcome adversity, and we will have better days again soon."
After a Saturday morning qualifying session characterized by accidents and red flags, no competitors were able to record more than just a few flying, timed laps. Max Angelelli was the top Cadillac qualifier in third position, while Andy Pilgrim set fifth fastest time and Ron Fellows the 11th fastest. During Saturday afternoon's race, Max Angelelli held onto fifth position from the green flag while Ron Fellows had a quick start but was held up by slower traffic. Andy Pilgrim reported power problems and dropped back to 18th position; the American clawed his way back to 14th before the end of the race.
"It was a frustrating race because I tried my hardest but had nothing left at the end," said Angelelli. "I couldn't do anything more to improve my position, even though the team worked very hard to give me the best car we could have. I am sorry for Cadillac that I could not achieve a higher position but we still have two races to go before the season is out."
Ron Fellows finished eighth after a number of exciting passes, moving up three positions.
"With the extra weight it becomes a bit of a challenge to pass," said Fellows. "We were faster than most cars in the high-speed corners, but unfortunately at this track there are only two of them! I did all of my passing in Turn 12. But this Cadillac is a lot of fun to drive and I'd do it again in a second."
Andy Pilgrim performed yeoman service in his #8 Cadillac CTS-V after he discovered a problem with his engine at the start. Pilgrim dropped to the back of the pack but persisted, finishing a remarkable 14th.
"I'm disappointed but in racing sometimes these things happen," said Pilgrim. "In our business sometimes a little electrical gremlin can work its way into the system and ruin your day. Luckily our car handles beautifully so I was able to get a few positions despite the issues I had with power."
Team Cadillac will return to the track for Round 9 of the Speed GT begins on September 24th. Today's race will air on SPEED Channel on Sunday, August 29 at 1:00 p.m. EDT.