F1, Formula 1, NASCAR, IndyCar, MotoGP, ALMS, And More!

Mar 30, 2014 - 04:19 AM
Top News!
Rumors Edition!
Upcoming Racing! (Updated)

Top Stories
· 2014 St. Petersburg: IndyCar Qualifying Results - Sato, Honda On Pole! (Mar 29, 2014)
· 2014 Malaysian GP: Formula One F1 Starting Grid Line-up & Race Preview (Mar 29, 2014)
· 2014 Martinsville: NASCAR Camping World Truck Qualifying Results - Wallace Jr, Toyota On Pole! (Mar 29, 2014)
· 2014 Malaysia GP: Formula One F1 Qualifying Results - Hamilton, Mercedes On Pole! (Mar 29, 2014)
· 2014 Malaysia GP: Formula One F1 Practice Three Results - Rosberg, Mercedes Fastest! (Mar 29, 2014)

Previous Top Stories!

Hot Rumors!
· F1: Ecclestone working hard to turn up the volume ? (Mar 29, 2014)
· F1: Formula E could snap up F1's New York race ? (Mar 29, 2014)
· F1: De Silvestro's F1 race chance '1 per cent' ? (Mar 26, 2014)
· F1: 'Submarine' risk with new noses realised ? (Mar 24, 2014)
· F1: Stefanovich eyes Marussia's place on F1 grid ? (Mar 24, 2014)
More Rumors!

Team Cadillac to Start Fourth and Fifth in St. Pete for World Challenge Opener
Posted by: newsla on Mar 30, 2014 - 04:17 AM
Sports Cars
Team Cadillac to Start Fourth and Fifth in St. Pete for World Challenge Opener

Team Cadillac's Andy Pilgrim and Johnny O'Connell will start the season-opening Pirelli World Challenge Cadillac Grand Prix of St. Petersburg from fourth and fifth positions on the GT grid for today's 50- minute races this weekend.


Bookmark and Share
In drying conditions the Pirelli World Challenge GT competitors took to the St. Petersburg 1.8 mile and 14 turn circuit at 8:30 a.m. to set the field for the first of a double race weekend. O'Connell (Flowery Branch, Ga.) and Pilgrim (Boca Raton, Fla.) took to the track in their Cadillac CTS.V.Rs early and put in fast times on slick tires. As the track began to dry the top of the time sheet became crowded with GT3 spec cars taking advantage of their high downforce configurations through the

temporary street course. Pilgrim posted the fast time of the Cadillac duo with a 1:14.621 good for a second row starting position in fourth.

"It was a drying track, so a little tricky at the beginning," Pilgrim said. "It got progressively better as it dried out. Particularly Turn Two, wow, very slippery. That was the last place to get grip this morning. Qualifying went pretty much as I thought it would. Our CTS.V.Rs are good on a drying track, very compliant. Once it dried out and you could drive qualifying speeds then my set-up really came in and I had a good car. It was imperative to get as high up as we could on the grid with such a big field. I don't think there was any surprise about the guys who are one-two-three. It is early days. We should be proud of the effort this morning."

O'Connell had a low fuel bobble on his last two laps and recorded a fast time of 1:14.686 good for a third row starting position in fifth.

"When we came into the weekend we thought we would be somewhere between fifth and eight and that is exactly where we ended up today," O'Connell said. "Great job by Andy, getting fourth. I am a tick off in fifth. I think that is what we expected. Team Cadillac did a great job. We did more laps than normal and I started to run low on fuel on the last two laps. I had a good lap going, maybe left a little out there this morning. I have a good race car. There is some really serious competition that has come into the series this year. We are going to have utilize race craft and team work to get to the front. The guys at the front have a second on us, you can't just change the roll bar to make that up. If it rains, which is expected, anything can happen."

The Pirelli World Challenge Championship season opener will take the standing start at the Cadillac Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, March 28-30. St. Pete is a double race weekend with today's event going off at 3:25 p.m., and Sunday's at 11:25 a.m. Live streaming of the race can be viewed at http://www.world-challengetv.com/. The St. Pete races will be televised on NBC Sports Network Sunday, April 6 at 5:30 p.m. (re-air Saturday, April 12 at 12:30 a.m.).

PaddockTalk Perspective

Also in Sports Cars:

Related links
· Sports Car Edition
· Top PaddockTalk News!
· More about Sports Cars

Home :: _ 

All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner.
The comments are property of their posters, all the rest (c) 2003-2014 by PaddockTalk.com.
Contact E-mail: [email protected]