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(from General Motors
Press Release) Andy Pilgrim propelled Cadillac to the SCCA
SPEED World Challenge GT manufacturers championship with a victory
today in the series' season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Pilgrim drove his race-prepared Cadillac CTS-V to a 1.883-second
margin of victory over Randy Pobst's Porsche to capture Cadillac's
second manufacturers' title in three years.
Cadillac won the championship with 71 points to Porsche's 60,
followed by Chevrolet (50) and Dodge (24). Pilgrim finished second
in the drivers championship, 16 points behind Pobst (303-287). Team
Cadillac driver Lawson Aschenbach finished sixth in the race and
third in the final standings with 280 points.
Pilgrim qualified second and started the 28-lap race on the outside
front row alongside Pobst. Pilgrim slotted in behind his rival at
the start, but the pace was soon slowed for a full-course yellow
after a multi-car accident in Turn 4. When racing resumed after six
laps under caution, Pilgrim patiently stalked Pobst. On the 21st
circuit, Pilgrim made his move in the hairpin at the end of the
"I knew Randy would challenge me if I attempted a pass, but I also
knew he had the drivers championship on the line," Pilgrim said.
"Even though that wasn't my best corner, I stuck it in there and
that was it. He tried to go around the outside, but he knew he was
Pilgrim then fended off Pobst's late-race charge, and increased his
margin in the closing laps.
"I was going deeper and deeper into the corners, using the rear
tires harder and harder," Pilgrim reported. "I nearly lost the rear
end three times in the last five laps going through Turn 9, and I
told myself, 'Don't spin it now!' I was really just holding on for
the last six or seven laps, but Randy was sliding around as well."
While Pilgrim controlled the race at the front, his teammate
Aschenbach was in a pitched four-car battle with a Porsche and a
pair of Vipers. Aschenbach had moved from eighth on the starting
grid to sixth with an outside move in the first turn, and he moved
up to fifth on the lap 7 restart. But the 120 pounds of success
ballast that Aschenbach was carrying eventually took its toll, and
he lost two positions on lap 24. When the fourth-place Porsche of
James Sofronas went off on the next-to-last lap, Aschenbach took
"I tried as hard as I could to get by Safronas, but he was defending
his line into Turn 1 and that was about the only spot I could catch
him," Aschenbach explained. "It was a tough race carrying so much
REWARDS weight. Team Cadillac did a great job as always, and it was
a dream come true to race with them this year."
Ron Fellows brought his Cadillac CTS-V home in seventh today. He
dropped back at the restart, and then protected Aschenbach's
position in the closing laps to ensure that Cadillac would have a
car among the top-six finishers to win the manufacturers
"We had a bit of a handful for a few laps, but it all worked out
because we were able to stay back and protect Lawson," said Fellows.
"Andy had things covered at the front, and if something had happened
to him, Lawson and I were sixth and seventh. It was like playing a
deep back with a two touchdown lead."
Team Cadillac concluded the 2007 season with three victories
(Charlotte, Atlanta and Laguna Seca) and a total of 12 wins since
the team's debut in 2004. Cadillac has won two manufacturers
championship (2005, 2007) and Pilgrim captured the drivers
championship in 2005.
"This is an outstanding moment for Cadillac," said Team Cadillac
technical director Lynn Bishop. "To win the most races in the series
over the last four years, and to win two manufacturers
championships, we couldn't be happier. The team of drivers we have
is the best, and Andy Pilgrim is the consummate professional. He
showed what he could do today with class and style."
"We have made a concerted effort to align Cadillac with the best of
the best in everything we do," commented Cadillac general manager
Jim Taylor. "In racing, aligning Team Cadillac with the best
technical partners and the best drivers has proven the value of this
strategy again by winning the SPEED GT manufacturers championship.
We congratulate Andy Pilgrim on his victory today, and congratulate
the entire team on another outstanding season.
"Cadillac has enjoyed great success in the four years we have
competed in the SCCA SPEED World Challenge with the first-generation
Cadillac CTS-V race cars," Taylor continued. "We've demonstrated the
performance of the new line of Cadillac vehicles and we've changed
the way that enthusiasts view Cadillac. With the second-generation
CTS-V still a year away from its introduction, we'll close this
chapter of Cadillac in racing and explore future opportunities to
showcase the performance of the Cadillac portfolio."
The season-ending Laguna Seca SPEED GT race will be televised
tape-delayed on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 4 p.m. ET on the SPEED Channel.
Track: Mazda Raceway
Laguna Seca, Monterey, Calif., 2.238-mile road course
Winner: Andy Pilgrim, Cadillac CTS-V
Margin of Victory: 1.883 seconds
Average Speed: 74.241 mph
Pole: Randy Pobst, Porsche 911 GT-3, 1:29.707/89.812 mph
SCCA SPEED GT RESULTS
1. Andy Pilgrim, Cadillac CTS-V, 28
2. Randy Pobst, Porsche 911 GT-3, 28
3. Michael Galati, Porsche 911 GT-3, 28
4. Michael McCann, Dodge Viper, 28
5. Jeff Altenburg, Dodge Viper, 28
6. Lawson Aschenbach, Cadillac CTS-V, 28
7. Ron Fellows, Cadillac CTS-V, 28
SPEED GT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
(after 10 of 10 events)
(victories in parentheses)
1. Randy Pobst, Porsche 911 GT-3, 303 (2)
2. Andy Pilgrim, Cadillac CTS-V, 287 (2)
3. Lawson Aschenbach, Cadillac CTS-V, 280 (1)
4. Michael Galati, Porsche 911 GT-3, 269
5. Eric Curran, Corvette, 190 (4)
Manufacturer/Points (victories in parentheses)
1. Cadillac 71 (3)
2. Porsche 60 (2)
3. Chevrolet 50 (4)
4. Dodge 24 (1)