Andy Pilgrim will be inducted into the National Corvette Hall of Fame in a ceremony and banquet to be conducted on Thursday, August 30, 2012. Andy is a champion driver for Corvette Racing and will be recognized with the highest honor bestowed by the Museum for their contributions to the past, present and future of Corvette.
The induction will take place as part of the Museum’s 18th Anniversary Corvette Celebration festivities August 30 – September 1, 2012.
Corvette Hall of Fame Inductee Andy Pilgrim joined the Corvette Racing team right at the start of the program in 1999, continuing a successful career in IMSA racing, where he had earned four consecutive championships in the four previous years.
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 Petit Le Mans season finale at Road Atlanta.
The highlight of 2001 for Pilgrim was being selected as Dale Earnhardt and Dale Jr.’s teammate in the 24 Hours of Daytona, finishing second in the GTS class behind the sister Corvette C5-R.
Pilgrim 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 spent the rest of the season driving for the new Cadillac CTS-V factory team in the SPEED World Challenge GT Series.
Pilgrim won the driver’s championship in the CTS-V in 2005, finished 3rd in 2006 and 2nd in the series in 2007 and 2008.
In 2007 he also made his NASCAR Busch Series debut, driving two road course races for Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s JR Motorsports team.
In 2011, he joined former Corvette Racing teammate Johnny O’Connell in driving the factory Cadillac CTS-V Coupe in the World Challenge and also made his Sprint Cup debut driving the #46 car for Whitney Motorsports, finishing 26th.
2012 saw another strong year for Pilgrim, with more wins and another 2nd place finish in the World Challenge GT series Championship running for the GM Racing Cadillac factory race team.
Pilgrim started the Andy Pilgrim Foundation in 2008 to educate new street drivers and to raise awareness of the problems of distracted driving. He has a long history of attending and serving as an instructor at the Museum’s High Performance Driving schools, and has hosted golf tournaments in conjunction with the Museum’s annual C5/C6 Bash with proceeds benefitting the Museum.
The National Corvette Museum established the Corvette Hall of Fame in 1998 to confer the highest honor and recognition upon the most influential individuals in the history of the Corvette.
The award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to their respective fields, each having reached the highest level of accomplishment. Inductees must also reflect the highest standards of integrity and character to positively enhance the prestige of the Corvette and the National Corvette Museum.