Cadillac Racing’s O’Connell Sweeps GT with ATS-V.R

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Cadillac Racing driver Johnny O’Connell did the double by winning both rounds of the Pirelli World Challenge Championship GT races this weekend at Miller Motorsport Park.

O’Connell (Flowery Branch, Ga.), starting from pole position for the second race in a row, was able to get a good standing start in his No. 3 Cadillac ATS-V.R and lead the caution free 50-minute race from flag-to-flag. With his results this weekend, and some of his points protagonist not running as well, O’Connell leaves Salt Lake City second in the GT points battle. More intrigue will play out in one week at Sonoma Raceway when the points leader, Ryan Dalziel, will not run.

“This was a great points weekend,” O’Connell said. “We had a good car yesterday, but the guys at Cadillac Racing improved it even more and just made it a little easier to drive today. James Davison was all over me in his Nissan. He even tried flashing his lights at me late in the race, I just ignore that stuff. He is a great young talent.

Cadillac Names Richard Brekus Global Product Strategy Director


Cadillac has appointed Richard Brekus to the position of director, Global Product Strategy, effective August 17, 2015. Brekus will report to President Johan de Nysschen, joining Cadillac’s management team and leading the brand’s product planning, product management and portfolio planning across the Cadillac’s global regions.

“Richard’s appointment to Cadillac’s management team signals our heightened focus on growing the brand with a balanced product portfolio across our global markets.” de Nysschen said. “I look forward to having him on my team as a strategic partner who will play a key role in continuing our brand transformation.”

Brekus joins Cadillac from MSP Advisors, where he served as president, providing product, marketing and sales consulting services to automotive original equipment manufacturers. Prior to MSP Advisors, Brekus held senior leadership positions in corporate and product strategy, pricing, volume planning and new car sales over an 18-year career at BMW of North America.

David Leone Appointed Executive Chief Engineer, Cadillac Product Programs

David Leone, Executive Chief Engineer, Cadillac Product Programs

08.08.2015 – Cadillac today announced the appointment of David Leone as Executive Chief Engineer, Cadillac Product Programs effective August 3. He will report to Vice President Global Product Programs Doug Parks and Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen.

“Dave’s appointment to this critical role reinforces our commitment to transforming the brand through a singular focus on engineering and product development,” said de Nysschen. “I have no doubt that Dave’s leadership and experience in quantifying Cadillac’s DNA through the lens of our engineering efforts will be a strong contributor to our success.”

In this new role, Leone, 57, is responsible for Cadillac’s brand focus through engineering and product development. Leone will be the single point of contact for Cadillac products within the organization’s Global Product Development programs and will lead a team of chief engineers to ensure Cadillac brand consistency in premium product execution.