Despite an admirable career on the track, Andy Pilgrim began the year feeling a bit like the old comedian, Rodney Dangerfield, he just couldn’t get any respect. Not behind the wheel of a Volvo S60 going up against competitors driving Mustang, Corvettes and Porsches in the grueling World Challenge Series.
Yet as the season winds down, Pilgrim and teammate Randy Pobst have clinched both the Driver’s and Manufacturer’s Championships – and shined a spotlight on a brand long known for boring design and anything but performance.
Now, with the launch of the all-new, 2011 Volvo S60, the Swedish automaker is out to shift the way potential buyers think of the brand on the street, as well as the track. And after getting a first drive of the new, coupe-like sedan, we have to agree that Volvo gets the checkered flag.