DETROIT – Cadillac Racing drivers Johnny O’Connell and Andy Pilgrim will have to wait until the end of June in Wisconsin to run their Cadillac ATS-V.R race cars again. The Pirelli World Challenge Series cancelled race two of the Cadillac V-Series Challenge on Detroit’s Belle Isle Park this morning.
Due to heavy rain and winds that are blanketing southeastern Michigan the second of two races of the Cadillac V-Series Challenge weekend was cancelled. The warm-up witnessed heavy water on the track and for safety reasons the race was cancelled. In yesterday’s race Johnny O’Connell (Flowery Branch, Ga.) finished fourth and teammate Andy Pilgrim (Boca Raton, Fla.) was classified in 24th.
“It is always wise to be safe,” O’Connell said. “It was pretty treacherous in the warm-up this morning when you were around another car. There would be a lot of accidents if we raced today. Really no need to destroy a lot of expensive equipment in this type of weather. It was the right call.”
Pilgrim was looking forward to racing, but understands the cancellation.
“We can race in these conditions, but when you have a full field of cars in front of you it is difficult to race,” Pilgrim said. “With the amount of spray that was coming up in the warm-up you just can’t see the corner stations where the workers are standing. When you can’t see the flags that is a safety situation. The corner workers are our eyes around the corners. Sad for the fans. My Cadillac ATS-V.R was good in the warm-up and we were ready to race. Disappointing, but that is racing.”
The Pirelli World Challenge Series will travel to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin’s four-mile, 14-turn Road America circuit June 26-28.