Cadillac Wins at Road Atlanta Max Angelelli's Victory Evens the Score for Manufacturers' Championship ATLANTA -- With a remarkable victory at Road Atlanta on Friday, the Cadillac CTS-V racing team has tied Audi for the lead in the Manufacturers'...
Cadillac Wins at Road Atlanta
Max Angelelli's Victory Evens the Score for Manufacturers' Championship
ATLANTA -- With a remarkable victory at Road Atlanta on Friday, the Cadillac CTS-V racing team has tied Audi for the lead in the Manufacturers' Championship for the SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT. Max Angelelli won the race after starting from pole position. Andy Pilgrim and Johnny O'Connell finished sixth and ninth, respectively.
"We're back in it!" said David Spitzer, program manager for Team Cadillac. "I'm so proud of the effort put forth by the whole team. We focused much of our development efforts on the last two races, knowing that we would be in a tight race for the championship. Max converted all of our hard work into the tenths that we needed."
Angelelli's pole position, Cadillac's fourth of the season, put the CTS-V cars in good standing for the 29-lap shootout. At the start, Angelelli got out in front and managed to hold off challenges from Corvettes and Porsches. Andy Pilgrim and Johnny O'Connell helped to put distance between the black Cadillacs and the Audis.
"Today was quite a challenge and I drove every lap like it was qualifying," said Angelelli. "This race track favors our car a little bit and I took advantage of every single edge of race track that I could. I am very happy for Cadillac today because we are back in the fight for the championship."
Andy Pilgrim finished sixth and spent the afternoon fighting amidst a tight group of cars, including Corvettes, Porsches and Vipers.
"It was a good, fair race," said Pilgrim. "Max and I had different setups and he ended up with the better package. The things I tested on my car were the least conservative we've ever tried. It was a gamble that did not pay off. But we had a great weekend overall and we are going into the final race with a chance for the championship."
Johnny O'Connell said that he was happy to have the opportunity to drive the #12 Cadillac CTS-V at his home track.
"This was a great experience to race for the Cadillac team," said O'Connell. "I didn't finish where I would have liked, but the important thing is that a Cadillac won today. Given the chance to do it again I think I would have chosen a different setup on my car. This was a whole lot of fun and I wish the Cadillac team the best of luck for the rest of their season."
Television coverage of the race will appear on SPEED Channel at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday, September 26. Team Cadillac's next race will be Round 10, the final race of the SPEED GT, at Laguna Seca on October 17.