PILGRIM SCORES S2 WIN WHILE ALLEN PLACES 10TH; THEISS TAKES T1; GALATI TOPS SCHWARTZOTT IN T2 ELKHART LAKE, Wis. -- Andy Pilgrim, of Cooper City, Fla., scored his first SCCA World Challenge S2 class victory as he took his ...
PILGRIM SCORES S2 WIN WHILE ALLEN PLACES 10TH; THEISS TAKES T1; GALATI TOPS SCHWARTZOTT IN T2
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. -- Andy Pilgrim, of Cooper City, Fla., scored his first SCCA World Challenge S2 class victory as he took his #1 Rohr Motorsports Porsche 911 GT2 to the win after taking the lead on lap 14 at Road America.
The race's early leaders were Martin Snow, in the #56 Snow Racing Porsche 911 GT2, and Almo Coppelli, in the #00 Callaway SuperNatural Corvette LM. On the last corner of the 14-turn, 4.0-mile course, Snow made an inside move on Coppelli and the cars came together, putting both cars off course and well back in the combined S2, T1 and T2 class field.
Pilgrim retained his inherited lead until the end, while behind him Shane Lewis, in the #19 Mosler Intruder, and Steve Saleen, in the #55 Saleen/Allen Racing Saleen Mustang, traded second place before finishing second and third.
Tim Allen, star of Home Improvement, drove his #75 Saleen/Allen Racing Saleen Mustang to a 10th-place finish after starting 15th.
Lewis, of Jupiter, Fla., moved into the S2 class points lead with his second-place finish while Coppelli dropped to second after finishing seventh. Lewis tops Coppelli 172 to 165, followed by Saleen, 129; Doc Bundy, 123; and Steve Dinan, 123.
In the T1 Class, the win went to Greg Theiss, driving the #32 Archer Motorsports Eagle Talon AWD Turbo. Theiss took the lead on lap 18 when Kermit Upton, in the #25 Warsteiner/MASR BMW M-3, and Dennis Aase, in the #74 AASCO Performance Toyota Supra Turbo, came together on lap 18. Theiss held the lead to the finish, with Mark Simo, in the #9 Special Vehicle development Ford Mustang Cobra, and Don Bootes, in the #71 Mostly Mazdas Mazda RX-7 Turbo, finishing second and third, respectively.
In the T2 Drivers' Championship, Theiss' victory propels him to the top of the standings with 164, one point ahead of Lou Gigliotti, with 163. Willy Lewis is third with 151 points, followed by Upton, 151, and Peter Cunningham, 112.
The T2 class win was taken by Mike Galati, driving the #44 RealTime Racing Honda Prelude Si. Galati passed early leader Peter Schwartzott, in the #41 Buffalo Motorsports Honda Prelude Si, to take a lead he would not surrender and claim his first T2 class win. Taz Harvey, in the #8 Dublin Honda/Redline Oil Honda Prelude Si and Terry Borcheller, in the #49 Co's International BMW M-3, finished second and third, respectively, while Schwartzott finished fourth.
Harvey's second keeps him in the T2 Drivers' Championship points lead, topping Alain Chebeir by 10, 144 to 134. Galati holds the third spot with 126, followed by Paul Booher, 114, and Booher's ICY Racing/Quaker State Saturn SC teammate David Rosenblum, 113.