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Andy Pilgrim

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Born: 18 August 1956

A race car driver.

Biography

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Andy Pilgrim page on 25 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Andrew Pilgrim (born 18 August 1956 in Nottingham) is a British-born racing driver, who became a United States citizen in 1998. He is a Cadillac factory driver at the SCCA World Challenge, where he resulted GT class champion in 2005, runner-up in 2007, 2008 and 2012, third in 2006 and 2013. He also resulted fourth in 2009 and 2010 with a K-Pax Volvo. Pilgrim was also a Corvette Racing factory driver from 1999 to 2003.

He began racing an IMSA Renault Cup (a semi-pro entry level series) Renault Alliance in the 1980s.

His professional racing began in 1996 when he made his 24 Hours of Le Mans debut. He joined the Chevrolet Corvette factory team in 1999. In 2001 he was selected as teammate for Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Kelly Collins in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the team finished second in class. He also won the 2001 Petit Le Mans. After the 24 Hours of Daytona, Dale Earnhardt Sr. promised to someday put Pilgrim in a NASCAR stock-car, a promise he was unable to fulfill due to his death a few weeks later during the 2001 Daytona 500.

He left the Corvette program in 2004 but stayed with General Motors, driving for the winning team at the Daytona 24 in a Doran-Pontiac and spending the rest of the season driving for the new Cadillac CTS-V factory team in the SPEED World Challenge GT Series. The following year Pilgrim won the driver's championship in that series in his CTS-V. Staying with the team, he finished 3rd and 2nd in the series in 2006 and 2007.

In 2007 he also made his NASCAR Busch Series debut, driving two road course races for Earnhardt, Jr.'s JR Motorsports team. The purpose of the ride was to fulfill Dale Earnhardt's promise to Pilgrim. One of them was at Montreal in the inaugural NAPA 200 in which he almost won but had run out of gas on a restart losing the race, and barely avoided Marcos Ambrose who was crashing as a result of being tapped by Robby Gordon. Pilgrim's best finish in the Busch series is 15th in both races.

In 2008 he continued to drive the SPEED World Challenge CTS-V, although it is now a privateer team rather than a factory program, sponsored by Remington.

In 2009, Pilgrim joined Randy Pobst as part of the K-Pax team, campaigning the Volvo S60 in the SPEED World Challenge. He resulted fourth in the drivers standings in 2009 and 2010

For 2011 Pilgrim rejoined GM in World Challenge driving the factory Cadillac CTS-V Coupe alongside Johnny O'Connell. He was fifth in 2011, runner-up in 2012, third in 2013 and fourth in 2014.

Pilgrim made his Sprint Cup debut in 2011 at Infineon driving the 46 Car for Whitney Motorsports, where he finished 26th.

He currently resides in Boca Raton, Florida.


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Cadillac CTS-V R: 1st and 2nd at Sebring - Cadillac CTS-V SCCA SPEED World Challenge Art Cadillac CTS-V R: 1st and 2nd at Sebring
Artist: Ken Eberts
Cars: Cadillac CTS-V R
Event: SCCA SPEED World Challenge: 2004 Round 1: Sebring

Signed by race drivers
Max Angelelli and Andy Pilgrim.
Image courtesy CarArt.us
View "Cadillac CTS-V R: 1st and 2nd at Sebring" - Cadillac CTS-V SCCA SPEED World Challenge Art - 71KB


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Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - Action 101731Andy Pilgrim/Dale Earnhardt/Dale Earnhardt, Jr./Kelly Collins #3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Raced Version1:18 scale 2001 Chevrolet Corvette C5R, production 11,000 (ARC 7,500/QVC 3,500)
Die Cast - AUTOart 80006Corvette C5-R1:18 scale yellow and white #4, drivers: Franck Freon, Andy Pilgrim, and Kelly Collins


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