Team Cadillac is Ready to Race in Utah!
- Saturday’s race marks Round 4 of Pirelli SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge Series
- Cadillac drivers O’Connell 7th, Pilgrim 10th in point standings
- Pilgrim to make 100th World Challenge start
TOOELE, Utah — After a pair of street courses to begin the season, Cadillac Racing drivers Johnny O’Connell and Andy Pilgrim finally get a chance to show what the Cadillac CTS-V Coupes can do outside the city limits when they hit the race track Saturday at Miller Motorsports Park.
Coming off top-10 finishes at the Streets of Long Beach in California on April 17, O’Connell and Pilgrim will have the opportunity to let their machines — members of the world’s fastest line of production cars — go flat-out amid Miller’s spectacular scenery.
“Utah has, for me, always been a track I enjoy,” O’Connell said. “Turns one through five in particular are enjoyable, but the entire circuit is both challenging and fun to drive. Since we’ve only been on street circuits so far, it will be interesting to see how our Cadillacs fare on a real race track.”
The sonic restrictor on the engine was opened up for testing to 1.780 inches, a gain of .80, and 100 pounds of ballast was applied as well, bringing the total weight of the cars to 3,300 pounds.
“I’m going to Utah with a take-no-prisoners attitude, and work as hard as I can to get everything out of my CTS-V,” O’Connell said. “We had an open test day, which means that by race time our engineers will have our cars as dialed in as they can be.
“I’m certain that based on the rules, all of our competition is not that worried about us… yet.”
It’s also the first time the Cadillac CTS-V racers have been tested for aerodynamic balance, which is not a big factor on street circuits.
“We’ve really done very little testing, just a few days on Sebring’s short course, so learning how we are balanced aero-wise in faster corners is a great learning opportunity,” O’Connell said.
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