CADILLAC RACING’S PILGRIM FIFTH IN TORONTO

TORONTO, (July 20, 2014) - Cadillac Racing driver Andy Pilgrim finished fifth in the Pirelli World Challenge Series Honda Indy Toronto through the streets of Exhibition Place. Teammate Johnny O'Connell finished eighth.

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TORONTO, (July 20, 2014) - Cadillac Racing driver Andy Pilgrim finished fifth in the Pirelli World Challenge Series Honda Indy Toronto through the streets of Exhibition Place. Teammate Johnny O'Connell finished eighth.

Pilgrim started his No. 8 Cadillac CTS.V.R from eighth position based upon his fastest lap of the race. Teammate O'Connell started the shortened 37-minute race from the ninth grid position. Although there was a dry line, off the racing line there were still some wet spots prompting the series officials to deviate from the standing start and green flag a rolling charge to turn one. As the race progressed, Pilgrim and O'Connell, held back by performance adjustments, were subject to taking what the over exuberance of their competition would provide. The positions made up from their starting positions were "gifts" from car contact and spins.

"It was really a tough race," Pilgrim said. "We are down on performance everywhere. I can't stay with a guy on the straightaway to get in a position to make a pass. It is difficult to compete at the front with these top drivers when you are so handicapped. Fifth place is an absolute gift. A couple of guys went out and that is my fifth place. I think I passed one car. It was the second race of the weekend and there was a lot of rubbing going on out there. The front guys were really mixing it up good."

O'Connell also had trouble coming back from the ninth position on the grid.

"A standing start would have helped us a lot," O'Connell said. "It is so hard to pass here on this track. We are usually good on a standing start. I am not sure why they went to a rolling start. We don't have pace really with anyone. I have never worked so hard for an eighth-place finish. The race was cleaner than I thought it would be today. I was hopeful after the last caution that there would be some fireworks and there was. Without the craziness in front of us, we were a tenth-place car."

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