Team Cadillac Enters Three CTS-V Race Cars for Crucial Road Atlanta SPEED GT Race Angelelli, Fellows and Pilgrim Aim to Repeat Past Success at Road Atlanta BRASELTON, Ga. - As the SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT series is winding down, Team ...
Team Cadillac Enters Three CTS-V Race Cars for Crucial Road Atlanta SPEED GT Race
Angelelli, Fellows and Pilgrim Aim to Repeat Past Success at Road Atlanta
BRASELTON, Ga. - As the SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT series is winding down, Team Cadillac is ratcheting up its effort to win its second consecutive SPEED GT manufacturers championship. Facing a seven-point deficit going into the penultimate round of the 10-race series, Team Cadillac will field a trio of CTS- V race cars driven by Max Angelelli, Ron Fellows, and reigning SPEED GT champion Andy Pilgrim in the 50-minute race at Road Atlanta on Friday, Sept. 29.
Cadillac has been successful in the past at Road Atlanta: Angelelli won there in 2004 and Max Papis led an unprecedented 1-2-3 podium sweep by Team Cadillac last year at the roller coaster Georgia track. With 10 points on the line (nine for a victory and one bonus point for the pole-winning manufacturer), the team is focused on maximum performance and maximum points.
"Road Atlanta is one of my top-five favorite tracks because it's fast and it's fun," said Pilgrim. "It's always great to run with awesome teammates like Max and Ron because they push you to the limit. That's one of the benefits of being a Team Cadillac driver: You get to run with the best of the best, and everyone is going flat-out. As a professional racer, it doesn't get any better than that."
Pilgrim and Angelelli will both be in the unusual situation of carrying zero success ballast for this round, the silver lining in the dark cloud that shadowed them at previous races. As a result of Pilgrim's uncharacteristic 21st place finish in Mosport and Angelelli's 16th place finish in Sebring after a punctured tire, the two racers will enjoy a significant 50-pound weight reduction. Moreover, their chief Viper rival will be burdened with 90 pounds of ballast at Road Atlanta following a runner-up finish at Mosport.
"The problems caused by the rain in Mosport were a big setback to my chances of winning the drivers championship," Pilgrim admitted. "Now I have a lot of ground to make up, but I won't worry about what anyone else does. I'll just go flat out, try to get two wins, and then see what happens in the championship."
Ironically, Pilgrim and Team Cadillac could get some help from unexpected quarters in the three-way battle with Porsche and Dodge for the manufacturers' title. A Volvo won in the rain at Mosport, and recent competition adjustments have brought the Aston Martin and Pontiac GTO entries into contention. With a strong contingent of privateer Corvettes in the series, the competition for the six points-paying finishing positions will be fierce.
"We certainly expect Team Cadillac to be competitive at Road Atlanta," said program manager Dave Spitzer. "We have an excellent opportunity with Max and Andy running with less weight at a track where Cadillac has historically achieved great success. Now we just need to convert this opportunity into a victory."
While the battle for the manufacturers championship is waged on the track, Team Cadillac is also making advances on the marketing front. Angelelli, Fellows and key team members participated in a Champions Tour event at Hennessy Cadillac in Duluth, Ga., on Monday evening. Today Cadillac announced that Piloti has been named the Official Footwear of the CTS- V race team.
"As we continue to reignite America's love affair with the iconic American performance luxury brand Cadillac, we sweat the small details in everything we do," said Cadillac general manager Jim Taylor. "With regard to Team Cadillac racing in the SPEED World Challenge GT series this translates into aligning Cadillac only with other premium brands. The new Cadillac is all about dramatic presence and performance, on and off the race track, and the same can certainly be said of Piloti footwear. Team Cadillac is proud to strive for stepping up on more podiums in the future with our latest partner Piloti."
"Cadillac, with their winning combination of the CTS- V racer and drivers headed by Andy Pilgrim, has proven to be a formidable competitor in the SPEED World Challenge Championship," said Kevin A. Beard, Piloti founder and CEO. "Production car-based road racing is a core part of motorsports history and Cadillac's history dates back to the legendary 1954 Carrera Panamericana and 1950 Le Mans 24 Hour races. This kind of authenticity is what we at Piloti are all about, and we are proud to be the Official Footwear of Team Cadillac."
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