DETROIT — After a three-year absence, Cadillac will return to SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge competition in 2011 with a race-prepared version of its CTS-V Coupe.
Cadillac competed in the sports-car series from 2004-2007, winning the GT Manufacturer’s Championship in 2005 and 2007 and the GT Driver’s Championship in 2005. This season, Cadillac will field two teams in the Grand Touring class with drivers Johnny O’Connell, a three-time GT1 champion in the America Le Mans Series, and Andy Pilgrim, who won the 2005 World Challenge GT Driver’s Championship in a Cadillac.
Cadillac is working with Pratt & Miller, a New Hudson, Mich., engineering firm that specializes in motorsports, to develop the CTS-V Coupe race car. While some of the production CTS-V components will be modified due to the unique demands of racing or to meet the SCCA series’ technical rules, every effort is being taken to maintain as much production content as possible.
“Returning to racing in the SCCA World Challenge is a great way to demonstrate the performance and capability of the CTS-V Coupe,” said Don Butler, vice president for Cadillac marketing. “The race cars in this series are production based, which allows us to validate our performance against the best of our competitors on the track and not just the showroom.”
“World Challenge is excited to welcome Cadillac back into the series in 2011,” said Dave Drimmie, vice president, marketing and communications for WC Vision. “The CTS-V Sport Sedans were huge fan favorites and created a lot of buzz in the paddock when they ran in the series a few years ago and I know the CTS-V Coupe will be no different. Our fans are in for a treat with Pilgrim and O’Connell piloting these race cars as they go door to door with the other highly skilled drivers in our series.”