Cadillac Racing – When classic car enthusiasts think of Cadillac, they usually think of luxury, a smooth ride and fins. But in 2017 mention “Cadillac” and you may want to add the word racing into the equation.
From New York – Cadillac V-Performance Racing drivers Johnny O’Connell (Flowery Branch, Georgia) and Michael Cooper (Syosset, New York) are returning for the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) GT season. Joining the duo will be Jordan Taylor (Orlando, Florida) and Ricky Taylor (Apopka, Florida) for the five SprintX rounds behind the wheel of the Cadillac ATS-V.R Coupe.
The Taylor brothers are celebrating an exciting IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship win at the Rolex 24 at Daytona where they drove the all-new Cadillac DPi-V.R prototype to the overall victory. The PWC season will open with a sprint round in the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, at the Cadillac Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 10-12.
O’Connell is coming off a three-race win season in 2016 (wins at Circuit of the Americas, two at Sonoma Raceway) and a pole position (Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca). O’Connell is a four-time PWC GT driver champion and drives the Velocity Red No. 3 Cadillac ATS-V.R Coupe. Teammate Cooper posted two wins last year (Barber Motorsports Park and Mid-Ohio) and a pole at Barber Motorsport Park. Cooper will start his sophomore season with his No. 8 Cadillac ATS-V.R in a new Vector Blue livery.
Jordan and Ricky Taylor will join the team for the PWC SprintX rounds. The SprintX rounds will take place at Virginia International Raceway, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Lime Rock Park, Utah Motorsports Campus and the Circuit of the Americas. The dynamic of two-driver racing in the PWC series is an exciting prospect for the four Cadillac drivers. Driver pairings for the April 28-30 SprintX opening round at VIR are forthcoming.
What the Driver’s are saying about Cadillac Racing…
Michael Cooper is ready and eager for the season to start. When asked Cooper said,“I’ve been counting down the days to the start of the season, so it’s nice that it is almost here.”
Jordan Taylor is ready as well, “I’m really looking forward to getting back in the Cadillac ATS-V.R,” Jordan Taylor said.
O’Connell is coming off a three-race win season in 2016 (wins at Circuit of the Americas, two at Sonoma Raceway) and a pole position (Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca). O’Connell is a four-time PWC GT driver champion and drives the Velocity Red No. 3 Cadillac ATS-V.R Coupe.
“I’m very much looking forward to the 2017 PWC season,” O’Connell said. “We had one bad weekend last year that really cost us, and I’ve been training hard all winter looking for some redemption. Ricky and Jordan are doing a great job proving themselves on the world stage, especially with that great win at Daytona two weeks ago. I am very much looking forward to working with them this season in the SprintX races. Amazing strides have been made the last several years in PWC that have made it a destination for top drivers. I plan to keep an open mind heading into the first SprintX round at VIR in April.”
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