Pilgrim Finishes Fourth for Cadillac at Sonoma Cadillac Closes in on Audi in Manufacturers' Championship SONOMA, Calif. - The General Motors Cadillac CTS-V racing team finished fourth in Sunday morning's SCCA Speed World Challenge GT race ...
Pilgrim Finishes Fourth for Cadillac at Sonoma
Cadillac Closes in on Audi in Manufacturers' Championship
SONOMA, Calif. - The General Motors Cadillac CTS-V racing team finished fourth in Sunday morning's SCCA Speed World Challenge GT race at Sonoma's Infineon Raceway. Andy Pilgrim, driving the #8 Cadillac CTS-V race car, climbed through the pack to finish fourth, moving Cadillac to within one point of the lead in the Speed GT Manufacturers' Championship. The result was Cadillac's fourth top-four finish in 2004.
"Andy Pilgrim's incredible drive earned us critical points in the chase for the Manufacturer's Championship," said Karen Rafferty, marketing manager for Cadillac V-series and Cadillac motorsports. "Unfortunately Max was not able to complete the race but we think that will give him and his crew even more reason to challenge for a victory next weekend in Portland."
A dramatic start to the event caused a redistribution of the grid through the first lap. Cadillac drivers Andy Pilgrim and Max Angelelli found themselves at seventh and eighth at the end of the first lap but set about climbing back up the grid. Pilgrim gained position in the final laps of the race, passing an Audi on lap 16 for fifth position and then securing fourth on lap 20. The American secured precious points for Cadillac in the battle for the manufacturers' title.
"That was an entertaining race," said Pilgrim. "I got a reasonable start but then a Corvette in front of me braked early and three cars got by me on the inside. Then it was just a question of being patient. Tommy Archer's car was very fast on the straights but I could gain ground on him in the high speed corners. He would pull away on the straights, but another five laps and who knows what might have happened."
Max Angelelli had a run going through the pack in the middle of the race and seemed set on a podium finish until an incident at Turn 11 brought an early end to his day. The Italian made contact with a tire barrier beside the track and popped his hood back onto the windshield. He drove for a lap with the hood in his field of vision until bringing the Cadillac back to his pits.
"I was in process of passing when the car ahead of me moved inside and stopped," said Angelelli. "I thought I had more speed than him and the car was fine up to that point. I was moving up through the field."
The Cadillacs will return to the track in one weeks' time at Portland International Raceway.