Skeen, Jonsson Double Up At Road America
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Mike Skeen and Nic Jonsson completed GT and GTS weekend sweeps at Road America with wins in Round Eight of the Pirelli World Challenge season Saturday in the Cadillac Grand Prix at Road America.
Marcelo Hahn took his class-leading third win of the year in GT-A.
Saturday’s Round 8 was interrupted by a mid-race yellow flag that spanned from Laps 5 to 11, after both Alex Figge in the No. 9 K-PAX Racing McLaren 12C GT3 and Anthony Lazzaro in the No. 61 R. Ferri Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 suffered heavy contact exiting Turn 1 at the Turn 2 slight right-handed. The McLaren had substantial damage and the Ferrari less so; both drivers got out of their cars under their own power, and were checked and released after observation.
What that meant was that the race was basically two separate sprints of five and six laps on either side of the caution. Skeen started from pole in the No. 2 Hawk Performance Audi R8 Ultra but Johnny O’Connell in the No. 3 Cadillac Racing Cadillac CTS-V.R got ahead of him on the start. O’Connell then held the lead through the caution until Lap 11.
Skeen then made the winning move on the restart lap, Lap 12, with a pass to O’Connell’s inside at the 90-degree left-hander Turn 5. The win was Skeen’s second straight Cadillac CTS-V Move of the Race award-winner, after his pass on the other Cadillac of Andy Pilgrim during Friday’s Round 7 netted him his first win of the season.
Momentum helped Pilgrimin the No. 8 Cadillac Racing Cadillac CTS-V.R pass O’Connell for second on the same lap. But Pilgrim was unable to hunt down Skeen and finished 1.748 seconds behind at the end of the 16-lap race at the 4.048-mile road course.
“Today starting on the pole made it a lot easier,” Skeen said. “We had a good start but Johnny got around me into 5, and led early. We were worried we didn’t get the heat in the tires. But we made it back up. We’ve learned a lot on the test day, and we’re very happy with where we are with this car.”