Andy Pilgrim

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Andy Pilgrim
Born (1956-08-16) 16 August 1956 (age 62)
Nottingham, England
NASCAR Cup Series career
1 race run over 1 year
Best finish 47th (2011)
First race 2011 Toyota/Save Mart 350 (Infineon)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
2 races run over 1 year
Best finish 97th (2007)
First race 2007 NAPA Auto Parts 200 (Montreal)
Last race 2007 Zippo 200 at the Glen (Watkins Glen)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1996–1997, 2000–2003
Teams New Hardware Racing, Parr Motorsport, Roock Racing, Corvette Racing

Andy 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.

Racing career

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.

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.

Motorsports career results

SCCA National Championship Runoffs

24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
1996 New Zealand New Hardware Racing
United Kingdom Parr Motorsport
Monaco Stéphane Ortelli
New Zealand Andrew Bagnall
Porsche 911 GT2 GT2 299 17th 4th
1997 Germany Roock Racing Germany André Ahrle
Switzerland Bruno Eichmann
Porsche 911 GT2 GT2 306 10th 2nd
2000 United States Corvette Racing France Franck Fréon
United States Kelly Collins
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GTS 327 10th 3rd
2001 United States Corvette Racing France Franck Fréon
United States Kelly Collins
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GTS 271 14th 2nd
2002 United States Corvette Racing France Franck Fréon
United States Kelly Collins
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GTS 331 13th 2nd
2003 United States Corvette Racing United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Kelly Collins
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GTS 326 11th 2nd


(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup Series

Busch Series

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