Cadillac announced that it will return to racing in 2011 with a new race-prepared version of the CTS-V Coupe. The new car will race in the Car Club of America World Challenge known as North America’s top production-based racecar series. This new car marks the return of Cadillac brand to a series where it used to compete from 2004 to 2007. For those who don’t know, using a CTS-V Sport Sedan, Cadillac won the Manufacturer’s Championship in 2005 and 2007 and the Driver’s Championship in 2005.
The new Cadillac CTS-V Coupe racecar will be built in partnership with Pratt & Miller, a New Hudson, Mich., engineering company specialized in motorsports. The first race we will see the new car will be the SCCA World Challenge is March 25-27 in St. Petersburg, Fla, and the drivers will be 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.
“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 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.”