Full Name: Andy Pilgrim
Birth date: August 18th, 1956
Birthplace: Nottingham, England
Residence: Delray Beach, Florida
Marital Status: Single
Children:
Corvette Racing 1999-2003

Born and raised in Nottingham, England, Pilgrim found early success racing open-class and modified production motorcycles in 1978-80, scoring 71 victories and earning five divisional and national championships.

Pilgrim moved to the United States in 1982 and started racing cars professionally in 1984. He posted his first pro victory in the IMSA Firestone Firehawk Endurance Championship in 1986 at Sears Point in a Pontiac Firebird. From July 1992 to September 1998, Pilgrim won 25 races and three IMSA championships, finishing a record 116 consecutive IMSA races without a DNF (did not finish). His titles included the 1995 and 1998 IMSA Speedvision Cup championships, the 1997 IMSA GT1 championship and the 1996 Brazilian GT2 title. Pilgrim has posted two Rolex 24 at Daytona victories, including an overall win in 2004.

Pilgrim became a U.S. citizen in 1998. He was selected for Corvette Racing’s first factory ALMS effort in 1999. Teamed with Ron Fellows, Pilgrim scored the team’s historic first victory at Texas Motor Speedway in September 2000. In 2001, Pilgrim finished second in GTS in the Sebring 12-hour and Le Mans 24-hour endurance races, and was on the winning team for the season finale at Road Atlanta. He co-drove a Corvette C5R in the Daytona 24-hour race with Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kelly Collins, finishing second in the GTS class behind the sister Corvette C5R.

Pilgrim notched two more ALMS GTS victories in 2002 and a runner-up finish in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Driving a limited schedule in 2003, Pilgrim was again runner-up in the GTS class at Le Mans in a Corvette C5R.

The resident of Delray Beach, Florida, is CEO of Electronic Computer Services, a successful computer consulting and management company that employs more than 200 information technology professionals. Off the track, Pilgrim works with high school students, teaching them safe driving skills. In 2005, he introduced an instructional DVD on safe driving, “The Driving Zone: Essential Techniques For New Drivers,” in cooperation with Chevrolet NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the Dale Earnhardt Foundation.

Affectionately known as “Grandma” within Corvette Racing as he was always cold!

Coaching by Andy Pilgrim

Andy Pilgrim 24 Hours of Le Mans Race History

Year Position Drivers Car Team Class Position in Class
2000 10th Andy Pilgrim / USA

Kelly Collins / USA

Franck Fréon / F

#64 Chevrolet Corvette C5R Corvette Racing LM GTS 3rd
2001 14th Andy Pilgrim / USA

Kelly Collins / USA

Franck Fréon / F

#64 Chevrolet Corvette C5R Corvette Racing LM GTS 2nd
2002 13th Andy Pilgrim / USA

Kelly Collins / USA

Franck Fréon / F

#64 Chevrolet Corvette C5R Corvette Racing LM GTS 2nd
2003 11th Oliver Gavin / GB

Kelly Collins / USA

Andy Pilgrim / USA

#50 Chevrolet Corvette C5R Corvette Racing LM GTS 2nd

Courtesy of Nigel S. Dobbie, Author of Corvette Racing: The GT1 Years