CADDY IS THE DADDY
(MAIN and LEFT) After switching from Corvette Racing to Cadillac’s back-for-2011 Pirelli World Challenge program, Johnny O’Connell added yet another Drivers’ Championship to his résumé in 2012.
In the sophomore season of Cadillac
Racing’s Pirelli World Challenge return, a
Manufacturers’ Championship and a 1-2
finish in the Drivers’ Championship was
just reward for a true team effort.
PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE
Taking on a fired-up Volvo team and sports
car giants like Porsche was never going
to be easy. But Caddy was up to the task.
Points system: Highest-placed entry
from each manufacturer earns points.
First receives 9pts, then 7-5-3-2-1.
Three wins for Johnny O’Connell and one
for Andy Pilgrim built on the momentum
Cadillac ended 2011 with, when O’Connell
won two of the final four races.
for the 2011 return carried over some
parts and thinking from the “v1.0”
racecar of 2004-’07 – wheel bearings,
axles, some of the powertrain and
driveline systems, plus a similar
suspension layout, for example – but
much else was new, including many of the
people involved in the program. Pilgrim
was a key link to the previous World
Challenge campaign, and his experience
was to prove an invaluable reference point.
“Most of the crew was new, except for a
couple people from Corvette,” says Steve
Cole, Pratt & Miller program manager and
technical leader at Cadillac Racing. “We
needed to learn all over again how World
Challenge did things, how they responded
to balance of performance changes, and
things like that. As we learned more about
Richard Prince/Cadillac Racing
With 9 top- 5 finishes for O’Connell and 11
for Pilgrim from 12 races, consistency was
a major weapon in the Cadillac arsenal.
(LEFT) A sweep of
both races at Detroit’s
Belle Isle track was key
to O’Connell’s title
push. But in World
Challenge, success is
a double-edged sword,
bringing ballast as well
as points and glory...
ANDY PILGRIM 1199 (1)
RANDY POBST 1137 ( 3)
JOHNNY O’CONNELL 1348 PTS ( 3 WINS)
LAWSON ASCHENBACH 1112 (1)
(PORSCHE 911 GT3)
(NISSAN GTR/CHEVROLET CORVETTE)
ALEX FIGGE 1095 (1)