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.
08.03.2015 – Cadillac Racing driver Johnny O’Connell finished fourth and teammate Andy Pilgrim came to the checker in 11th in the second of a double race weekend at the Pirelli World Challenge StopTech Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course today.
O’Connell (Flowery Branch, Ga.) took the standing start lights from eighth with Pilgrim (Boca Raton, Fla.) going away from the start in 13th. Once again both Cadillac ATS-V.R drivers were able to get good starts only to be slowed soon after Turn One with a full course caution. On the restart O’Connell was able to move up one position to fifth and Pilgrim made his way to 11th where they both crossed the finish line under hot 88-degree temperatures 50-minutes later.
“I was able to get another good start,” O’Connell said. “I moved up a couple of spots until the yellow flew again right after Turn One. There are some missed opportunities when that happens like that right after the start, but I also understand and respect the reason for them. The series knows how to call those and I would rather be safe. This Cadillac Racing team doesn’t quit. Today was an example of that. I left everything out there today. It was a harder car for me to drive, it was unbelievably hot. We showed well this weekend with a pair of top six finishes so we are looking forward to Miller in a couple of weeks.”
07.28.2015 – Cadillac Racing drivers Johnny O’Connell and Andy Pilgrim are ready to run their Cadillac ATS-V.R race cars at the Pirelli World Challenge race weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio July 31 – Aug. 2.
The all-new for 2015 Cadillac ATS-V.R will run the 2.4-mile, 15-turn Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course located 40 minutes north of Columbus for the time. O’Connell (Flowery Branch, Ga.) and Pilgrim (Boca Raton, Fla.) are looking forward to running the new car at a real drivers track this weekend. The last time the team won at Mid-Ohio was when O’Connell stood on the top step in 2011.
“I’m hopeful that a new Cadillac ATS-V.R will be a bit more in the hunt at Mid-Ohio,” O’Connell said. “I’m especially looking forward to it, as the car that caught fire at Barber is finally back together and ready to race. I really do like the feel of that car. The team has done a great job getting it back together. Appropriately it’s chassis number 003, so I’m confident she will be lucky, this time around. The series does all that they can to make every type of car equal. Every team and car this year has shown to be so competitive.”