© Andrew S. Hartwell
Hurricane Wilma had just moved off the Florida coast when we reached Andy Pilgrim on the phone for this interview. This south Florida resident had taken up refuge with a buddy living in the west coast city of Tampa, where the electricity was still on and people were thankful the winds of this season's 21st hurricane had blown south of them this time by. While he had suffered no damage to his home on the east coast, Pilgrim wasn't happy to hear predictions of it taking a week or more to have his electric power restored.
Andy Pilgrim has always been one to make his own power whether it was behind the wheel of a race car or behind the desk as head of his own company. He has won in both competitive arenas and it looks as though he isn't anywhere near ready to slow down in either one.
A native of England, Pilgrim won the SPEED World Challenge GT Driver's Championship this season in the Team Cadillac 500 horsepower Cadillac CTS-VR. Prior to this hard earned title he was a winner at the Rolex 24 Hours overall and in other classes, and the 2000 Petit Le Mans GT class in a Corvette. (This was the race where he made an incredibly brave move to the inside of the Team Oreca Dodge Viper at the first turn of the last lap and stayed in front for the win. People still refer to that moment as "the Pilgrim Pass".) He has several second place finishes at Le Mans on his resume and has a history of finishing at or near the top in many other big races as well.