Three Cadillacs Practice at Road America Angelelli, Pilgrim and Fellows set up for high-speed Elkhart Lake circuit ELKHART LAKE, Wisc. - The General Motors' Cadillac CTS-V racing team posted the third fastest time in official practice sessions...
Three Cadillacs Practice at Road America
Angelelli, Pilgrim and Fellows set up for high-speed Elkhart Lake circuit
ELKHART LAKE, Wisc. - The General Motors' Cadillac CTS-V racing team posted the third fastest time in official practice sessions on Friday before Round 8 of the SCCA Speed World Challenge GT at Road America. Max Angelelli set the fastest Cadillac time of the day at 2:17.004, less than three tenths of one second behind the leader. Andy Pilgrim set the fourth fastest time of the day and Ron Fellows the ninth fastest. After two pole positions and a victory at Mosport two weeks ago, Cadillac trails Audi by just two points in the battle for the Manufacturers' championship.
"We're all very happy to be at Road America," said David Spitzer, program manager for the Cadillac CTS-V race car. "The facility and the circuit are very impressive and the team has had a chance to sample the local bratwurst. Practice went well today; we are just trying to find the best balance between aerodynamic drag and cornering performance."
In clear but cooler conditions on Friday, the Cadillac engineers prepared the cars for the high-speed, four-mile circuit. Road America is the longest track on the 10-event schedule.
"The car is okay and I'm pretty happy," said Angelelli. "We are competitive and it seems to be a pretty close battle with the other cars. That makes things exciting. I am looking forward to having a clean qualifying session where I can have a clear lap."
Andy Pilgrim currently sits in third position for the drivers' championship. The American drove to fourth-fastest position on Friday.
"We used old tires today but the car handles very well here," said Pilgrim. "The engineers made some pretty significant changes to the car, including anti-roll bar adjustments, shocks, camber, ride height and wing changes. Those changes made a big difference and qualifying should be fun tomorrow morning."
Ron Fellows, fresh off a victory in the Cadillac at Mosport, said that he can feel the difference in the balance of his car with the addition of 175 lbs. of R.E.W.A.R.D.S. weight. In accordance with SCCA rules, the Le Mans champion received 75 lbs. for his recent victory plus 100 lbs. of weight for not competing in half of the previous races.
"The new weight is very noticeable on your first lap when you stop into the corner," said Fellows. "With the weight we've added the car is actually heavier than the Nextel Cup car I drove last weekend, so it really changes the balance, but the engineers have a good plan and I'm happy with the direction we're going. Today we tried some different aerodynamic packages to improve our ability to sustain grip with the tires over a long period of time. We're hoping for a good finish in tomorrow's race."
Team Cadillac will qualify on Saturday at 10:05 a.m. for Saturday afternoon's World Challenge GT race. Television coverage of the race will appear on SPEED Channel at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 29.
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