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Road Atlanta: Cadillac Wednesday notes

CTS-V Race Cars Test at Road Atlanta Angelelli and Pilgrim Set the Second Fastest Time of the Day during Wednesday Practice ATLANTA -- The Cadillac CTS-V racing team posted the second fastest time in official practice sessions on Wednesday ...

CTS-V Race Cars Test at Road Atlanta
Angelelli and Pilgrim Set the Second Fastest Time of the Day during Wednesday Practice

ATLANTA -- The Cadillac CTS-V racing team posted the second fastest time in official practice sessions on Wednesday before Round 9 of the SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT at Road Atlanta. Andy Pilgrim and Max Angelelli set identical laps during morning practice; each driver set blistering times of 1:28.816. Third driver Johnny O'Connell was close behind with a lap of 1:29.253. With two races remaining in the 2004 SPEED GT season, Cadillac trails Audi by nine points in the hunt for the Manufacturers' Championship.

"Team Cadillac had another great day today," said David Spitzer, program manager for the Cadillac CTS-V race car. "We came here with no test time at Road Atlanta, so we have been working through a significant number of changes. We are still working to find the best setup; having three terrific drivers and engineers certainly helps. Let's just hope the sun stays out for the rest of the week."

In clear and warm conditions on Friday, the Cadillac race cars had their first opportunity to run on the high-speed, 2.54-mile road course.

"We were faster in the morning because in the afternoon we did a few experiments to see how to make the car go faster," said Angelelli. "We tried some different shock settings which could be good for us here and Laguna Seca as well. I really like racing here at Road Atlanta -- I've raced many times here and I have good memories of this track. The last ever podium for the Cadillac LMP came here at Road Atlanta."

Andy Pilgrim drove an identical lap to Angelelli in the morning. The American said that the team's test session progress will bear fruit during Thursday qualifying.

"I think we're making a lot of progress," said Pilgrim. "We're working hard between the three cars to get a chassis that works. It's very hot out and we're doing the best we can. Fielding three cars is a challenge for the team, but on the other hand it gives us the opportunity to get feedback from three drivers in three cars."

Johnny O'Connell, who lives in nearby Flowery Branch and considers Road Atlanta to be his home track, had a stellar first day in official practice behind the wheel of the CTS-V. The American Le Mans Series GTS points leader will drive both the Cadillac CTS-V race car and the Corvette C5-R during the weekend.

"We ran pretty well today but we're still struggling to find mid-corner grip," said O'Connell. "The engineers are working hard to find a solution to make sure we go a little bit quicker tomorrow. The team is doing an excellent job but sometimes it's hard to figure out the right thing to make your car dance. We'll get there."

Team Cadillac will qualify on Thursday at 1:50 p.m. for Friday afternoon's World Challenge GT race. Television coverage of the race will appear on SPEED Channel at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday, September 26.

Cadillac is a division of General Motors (NYSE: GM). General Motors, the world's largest vehicle manufacturer, designs, builds and markets cars and trucks worldwide, and has been the global automotive sales leader since 1931. Cadillac products include CTS sport sedan, CTS-V, SRX luxury utility, STS performance luxury sedan, DeVille, XLR luxury roadster, and the most powerful full-size utilities on the planet; Escalade, Escalade EXT and Escalade ESV.

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Drivers Johnny O'Connell , Andy Pilgrim