Team Cadillac 2nd, 4th in Utah GP Qualifying

  • Jan 21, 2012
  • Pratt Miller

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Team Cadillac’s O’Connell Second, Pilgrim Fourth in World Challenge Qualifying for GP of Utah

CTS-V Coupes In Good Shape for Round 4 of Pirelli World Challenge

TOOELE, Utah – When Saturday’s PrivacyStar Grand Prix of Utah gets the green light tomorrow afternoon, Team Cadillac will have a say in who comes to Victory Lane.

Johnny O’Connell put the No. 3 Cadillac CTS-V on the outside of the front row in qualifying, and teammate Andy Pilgrim put his No. 8 machine right behind him in fourth.

“I was very happy with my CTS-V Coupe,” O’Connell said. “It’s the best it has been since we got here on Thursday, and that has a lot to do with all the people at Cadillac who worked on it so hard.”

O’Connell will line up next to polesitter Patrick Long, who clocked the fastest time at 1:50.834 around the 3.048-mile Miller Motorsports Park layout. O’Connell’s lap at 1:51.358 was second-quick, with Randy Pobst splitting Team Cadillac in third at 1:51.463. Pilgrim’s lap at 1:51.533 rounded out the top four.

“We have been chasing the car since we got here,” Pilgrim said. “We’ve chased the track, the weather, the wind, the temperature…Team Cadillac has really worked hard on getting us to this point.”

O’Connell said that teamwork made the difference.

“This is one of those times where you really needed two cars,” he said. “It allowed us to gain a lot more on the setup for tomorrow’s race.”

Pilgrim said the Miller track was a demonstration in compromise.

“You have to compromise so much here,” he said. “You have to give up a lot in one corner to make good in another, and it’s hard work to set one of these cars up for this track.”

This weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge race from Miller Motorsports Park will be streamed live online, and the online feed is scheduled to start at 2:25 p.m. MDT/4:25 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 28.

The Cadillac Racing Media Kit is now available online.

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