: World Challenge GT - CTS-V year two

03-19-05, 01:32 PM
Last year, the Cadillac CTS-VR made an amazing and ultimately controversial entrance into the SCCA Speed World Challenge GT at it's season opener in Sebring by taking a 1-2 podium finish (the second after stalling on the grid and pushing it's way through the whole pack). This out of the gate dominance prompted the SCCA to place restrictions upon the car beyond the normal weight additions. By the end of the year, Cadillac still had a respected and successful race record on it's hands. The competition is more powerful this year and should lead to less restrictions and more competitive racing.

2004 Season Final Point Standings

1 Tommy Archer, Dodge Viper
2 Michael Galati, Audi RS 6
3 Max Angelelli, Cadillac CTS-V
4 Randy Pobst, Audi RS 6 204
5 Andy Pilgrim, Cadillac CTS-V
6 Phil McClure, Corvette Z06
7 Mike McCann(R), Dodge Viper
8 Leighton Reese, Corvette Z06
9 Tim Wiens, Dodge Viper 143
10 Lou Gigliotti, Corvette Z06

1 Audi................51
2 Cadillac...........48
3 Dodge.............36
4 Chevrolet.........35


03-19-05, 01:33 PM
2005 World Challenge GT

Round 1 - Sebring


Pilgrim, who started second in the No. 8 XM/Mobil 1/Motorola/Bose Cadillac CTS-V, finished second for the second year in a row at Sebring after making arguably the most spectacular pass of the race on lap 16 to jump from fourth to second. Liddell reeled off a string of impressive laps during the middle of the race in the No. 66 AXA Financial/Pfaff Porsche 911 Cup to complete the podium after falling back to 12th at the start.

Henzler, in the No. 55 Applied Materials/Jongbloed Wheels Porsche 911 Cup, had a lock on the second position for most of the race before Pilgrim’s fantastic dive to Henzler’s and Liddell’s inside enabled him to glide past from fourth to second place.

The move earned Pilgrim the B&M Oil Coolers “Cool Move of the Race.”

“I had a run on the outside there,” Pilgrim said. “But then I thought ‘This is not where I want to be.’ So, I went back down to the other side and actually just lifted a bit in order to position myself right there.

“I was really committed late, and I think Robin’s [Liddell’s] intention was to go to the right. I expected to get by Robin, so it was really a surprise when I got by him and Wolf [Henzler].


Max Papis, of Miami , Fla. , made an impressive SPEED World Challenge debut in the No. 16 XM/Mobil 1/Motorola/Bose/On Star Cadillac CTS-V, starting and finishing fifth. http://www.world-challenge.com/news/05press40.html

SEBRING, Fla., March 18, 2005 - Team Cadillac returned to the scene of its first race with a runner-up finish and two cars in the top five today at Sebring International Raceway. Andy Pilgrim duplicated his second-place finish in last year's season-opening round of the SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT, thanks to a late-race pass around a pair of Porsche 911s that vaulted him from fourth to second. Max Papis fought back from 11th to finish fifth in the 20-lap race in his competition debut with Team Cadillac. http://www.trackbytes.com/news.php?id=89

03-19-05, 02:02 PM
I like Mad Max, it's good to see he got a paying ride.