Cadillac Racing doesn’t have high hopes for this weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge Series races at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The team will compete in two races: the first one on August 2 and the other on August 3. Over the season the team has been forced to make three performance adjustments to their Cadillac CTS-V.R race cars, resulting in reduced horsepower and the addition of 130 lbs., reports Paddock Talk.
“I feel we will be maybe in the bottom of the top ten if we hit the sweet spot on set-up,” said driver of the No. 3 CTS-V.R, Johnny O’Connell. “The three performance adjustments made to slow our [car] down have pretty much taken us out of being competitive.”
Teammate, and driver of the No. 8 CTS-V.R, Andy Pilgrim was realistic but upbeat about the team’s chance for success this weekend: “We have lost a lot of horsepower and had weight added to us, so this will make it very difficult for us to run up front, but we will give it [110 percent] that’s for sure,” he told PT.
Both drivers are doing well in the Grand Touring class, with O’Connell leading with 1,038 points and Pilgrim sitting in third with 882 points. Cadillac currently leads the class in manufacturer points with 67. The next closest manufacturer is Audi with 60 points.