It was around three years ago that GM ceased Cadillac’s involvement in motorsport, but the luxury carmaker is set for a big comeback. Over in the States it was announced yesterday that Cadillac will return to the track in 2011 with the CTS-V Coupe, which will compete in the Sports Car Club of America World Challenge [SCCA].
Cadillac knows what the SCCA is all about because it competed there from 2004 to 2007, taking the Manufacturer’s Championship in 2005 and 2007 and the Driver’s Championship in 2005.
Cadillac big man Don Butler, vice president for marketing, talked it up by saying “Returning to racing in the SCCA World Challenge is a great way to demonstrate the performance and capability of the CTS-V Coupe. The racecars 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.”
The Detroit-based company is busy getting two teams ready for the upcoming SCCA World Challenge GT Class with a track car based on the production CTS-V Coupe. The series is set to kick off on March 25-27, with the first event held in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Pro drivers Johnny O’Connell, a three-time GT1 champion in the America Le Mans Series, and Andy Pilgrim, who won the 2005 SCCA World Challenge GT class in a Cadillac, will be behind the wheel of the CTS-V racecars. (more…)