Cadillac Racing’s Cooper and O’Connell Third and Fourth during St. Pete Part Two in PWC

Posted on 14. Mar, 2016 by in GM Canada


Cadillac Racing’s Cooper and O’Connell Third and Fourth during St. Pete Part Two in PWC

Cooper podium, O’Connell fifth

2016-03-13

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Cadillac Racing drivers Michael Cooper and Johnny O’Connell finished competition dual in third and fifth during a Pirelli World Challenge St. Petersburg Grand Prix presented by Cadillac.  

The 20-car World Challenge margin took a lane following a IndyCar race. Cooper (Syosset, N.Y.) starting from eighth position, formed on quick path from competition one, was means to get a good start relocating into fifth behind teammate O’Connell (Flowery Branch, Ga) who was in fourth. On a initial path a Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Pace Car and a Cadillac Escalade Medical SUV were dispatched underneath counsel to Turn 3 to attend to a pile-up involving a GT Cup Porsche of Corey Fergus. The occurrence took 15 laps and scarcely 30 mins to purify up. The competition went immature again on path 16. Six laps after another counsel dwindle flew on path 22. On path 27, a third restart of a 50-minute event, Cooper was means expostulate around a outward to trip by O’Connell for fourth. On a final path streamer into Turn 1 he was means to get underneath a No. 31 Porsche of Patrick Long to take a final step on a lectern with O’Connell following to a mottled dwindle in fifth.

“The restarts are super exciting,” pronounced Cooper. “They were unequivocally a usually event to make adult positions today. we mislaid some spots on a initial one and afterwards gained a few back. On a initial restart we didn’t that good of a jump. They all went to a inside, all 4 of them. On a second restart we went to a outside, hung out beside Johnny and was means get in front of him by Turn 3. we was in fourth and not utterly on a lectern during that time. On a final path we got a good run off of a final spin on Patrick Long and was means to force him into some complicated braking into Turn 1 and take a position on a final path for third. A good day for Cadillac Racing.”

O’Connell takes another tip 5 finish.

“You can’t win each race,” pronounced O’Connell. “I had about a misfortune start that we have had in about 5 to 6 years. we fell behind and had to make adult a few spots. On a final restart we got hold adult on a inside. Michael did a good pursuit going around a outward and afterwards put a good pierce on Patrick to take a final lectern spot. A good points day for Cadillac Racing and not a blemish on possibly car. Hopefully immature Fergus is alright, he had a flattering large hit.”

The competition from St. Petersburg will be televised on a CBS Sports Network on Mar 20 during 12:00 p.m. ET. Cadillac Racing will transport to a streets of Long Beach, Calif. for rounds 5 and 6 Apr 15-17. 

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