SONOMA, Calif. (Aug. 24, 2014) - Cadillac Racing drivers Johnny O'Connell and Andy Pilgrim finished race two of the Pirelli World Challenge Series for the Cadillac Grand Prix of Sonoma in eighth and tenth place.
O'Connell (Flowery Branch, Ga) was able to hold onto his GT driver points lead by 11 following the first race of the weekend when he finished fifth. O'Connell started race two from the fifth row in tenth, based upon his fast lap from race one. Teammate Pilgrim (Boca Raton, Fla) started from the sixth row in the 12th position.
At the start of the 50-minute race, O'Connell got a clean lane on the outside into Turn One, taking him from his tenth place grid position to fourth as he drove by competitor Mike Skeen, who slotted into fifth. From then on, O'Connell and Skeen raced into nearly every corner side-by-side. A full-course caution flew on lap eight, allowing the two-time World Challenge GT Champion the time to cool his tires and catch his breath. When the race went green on lap 14, the match elevated. On lap 20, Skeen slowed with a flat tire: checkmate O'Connell.
Cadillac Racing leaves Wine Country with O'Connell leading by 42 points heading into the two final rounds at Miller Motorsports Park in two weeks.
"There is a lot on the line," O'Connell said. "I came into this weekend knowing that I had to execute and drive the wheels off this Cadillac hot rod. We have a team that doesn't quit. I am really proud of the whole team effort this weekend. I was able to get a clean run into Turn One and put Skeen behind me. We battled the whole race. When the Bentley and the Ferrari got by us, they really did it with their top speed. They put good moves on me to get past. Mike (Skeen) never was able to get a position on me, and we had some contact. I raced a good, hard, clean race. We touched a few times, and he came up with a flat. I am proud of the drive. It was fun. We will have to settle it at Miller in two weeks."
The weekend's races will air on NBC Sports Network, Saturday, August 30th at 1 p.m. and are streamed live at world-challenge.com.
The Pirelli World Challenge Series will travel to Miller Motorsports Park in Utah for the final two rounds of the season Sept. 12–13.
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