Team Cadillac Goes Black for Houston Finale

  • Sep 17, 2013
  • Pratt Miller

Reading Time: 2 minutes

DETROIT, (Sept. 17, 2013) -Team Cadillac drivers Johnny O’Connell and Andy Pilgrim will be sporting black Cadillac CTS-V race cars for the Pirelli World Challenge GT Final at the Foametix Grand Prix of Houston Oct. 4-6.

Team Cadillac has run 13 of 14 events on the Pirelli World Challenge racing schedule. O’Connell (Flowery Branch, Ga.) lies second in GT points with teammate Pilgrim (Boca Raton Fla.) third. Although Team Cadillac has secured the GT Manufacturer Title for 2013, both O’Connell and Pilgrim have a mathematical chance of winning the driver’s championship in the final 50-minute race of the year that will run in the shadow of Reliant Stadium, home to the Houston Texans NFL team.

To commemorate the season and get Team Cadillac enthusiasts involved, Cadillac held a fan pole on their social media sites to vote in favor of four different liveries (black, blue, white, red) for the Houston finale. The black scheme proved to be the favorite. In a tight race between black and blue, each held their own on various social media platforms. Blue won on Instagram and Google+, while slightly trailing black on Twitter. The Facebook fans proved to be too much. However, as black ultimately became the color of choice due to strong support on Facebook. Nearly 10,000 votes were cast through the varying social platforms.

“I think changing the color is a great idea,” Pilgrim said. “I really liked the original car color and actually liked it best when it was all carbon black before we first painted it back in the winter of 2003. I’m totally fine with changing stuff around like helmet designs and car colors. I know a lot of drivers who really don’t like any change at all like this, due to being so superstitious.”

O’Connell is ready to get his black on.

“I think that the black will look great,” O’Connell said. “I love that it was chosen by the fans. Since Cadillac has reentered World Challenge Competition, we’ve gained so many fans and to honor them with this is a great way to say thanks.”

Team Cadillac will travel to Houston, Texas for the Pirelli World Challenge finale Oct. 4-6.

Team Cadillac 2013 Pirelli World Challenge GT Results

Event: St. Petersburg

Drivers: O’Connell; Pilgrim

Qualify: 5, 4; 6, 6

Finish: 3, 3; 4, 5

Event: Long Beach

Drivers: O’Connell; Pilgrim

Qualify: 5; 7

Finish: 8; 2

Event: Circuit of the America’s

Drivers: O’Connell; Pilgrim

Qualify: 1, 1; 4, 4

Finish: 1, 17; 3, 2

Event: Detroit

Drivers: O’Connell; Pilgrim

Qualify: 1, 3; 4, 4

Finish: 1, 2; 3, 8

Event: Lime Rock

Drivers: O’Connell; Pilgrim

Qualify: 1, 1; 2, 3

Finish: 3, 1; 2, 2

Event: Toronto

Drivers: O’Connell; Pilgrim

Qualify: 1; 4

Finish: 1; 2

Event: Mid-Ohio

Drivers: O’Connell; Pilgrim; Taylor

Qualify: 5, 3; 8, 5; 3, 8

Finish: 2, 11; 5, 4; 7, 12

Event: Sonoma

Drivers: O’Connell; Pilgrim

Qualify: 1; 2

Finish: 11;1


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