Cadillac Racing Waves Green Flag for 2011 Season

Posted on 24. Mar, 2011 by in GM Canada

CTS-V Coupes ready for initial foe in World Challenge GT Series Race


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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Cadillac Racing finished a final turn of lane tests this week in Sebring, Fla., as a span of CTS-V Coupe racecars ready for their initial weekend of foe Mar 25-27 during a Streets of St. Petersburg.

The eventuality will symbol Cadillacs return to a Sports Car Club of America World Challenge GT series. Cadillac final competed in a array in 2007 with a racing chronicle of a CTS-V Sedan. Cadillac Racing will contest twice on a Streets of St. Petersburg course: Saturday, Mar 26, during 11:50 a.m. and Sunday, Mar 27, during 4:30 p.m.

We demeanour brazen to removing behind on a track, pronounced Don Butler, clamp boss for Cadillac marketing. We know a foe will be tough, yet were also assured in a opening credentials. The CTS-V Coupe provides a good substructure for building a world-class racecar.

Johnny OConnell, a three-time GT1 champion in a America Le Mans Series, and Andy Pilgrim, who won a 2005 SCCA World Challenge GT category in a Cadillac, will be behind a circle of a CTS-Vs. The drivers will attend Thursday during 7 p.m. in a webchat on a Cadillac Facebook page, that also will lift updates from this weekends races.

Both drivers were tender with a CTS-V Coupe racecar as they finished track tests this week during Sebring and prepared for a Streets of St. Petersburg race. The eventuality kicks off a 2011 World Challenge season, that has 8 races from Mar to October.

The St. Pete foe has a good atmosphere, Pilgrim said. Fans can get unequivocally tighten to a teams in a paddock. The lane has some classical street-course parsimonious sections and unequivocally good quick corners on a backside.

Said OConnell: St. Pete is a pleasing circuit with lots of severe areas. Ive won there before, that always creates it good to go behind to. The CTS-V Coupe racecar has been really nimble during contrast and seems to stop really well.I not usually pattern it to do good on a travel circuit, yet everywhere we compete.

In reduction than 8 months, Cadillac Racing and Pratt Miller, a New Hudson, Mich., engineering organisation that specializes in motorsports, remade a CTS-V Coupe physique structure from GMs Lansing (Mich.) Grand River Assembly Plant into a racecar that meets World Challenge requirements.

The racecar shares a prolongation cars particular crowd shape, an aerodynamic pattern befitting for a track. A deck-lid spoiler was combined to a racecar for increasing traction in turns.

The prolongation chronicle and racecar both underline a 6.2L V-8 engine. The outlay on a racecar engine is limited to 535 horsepower, compared to a 556 horsepower rating on a prolongation version. The CTS-V Coupe racecar, though, weighs 3,200 pounds, about 1,000 pounds reduction than a prolongation car.

The parsimonious timeframe presented a plea for a team, yet we were advantageous to start with an intensely able prolongation sports car, pronounced Mark Kent, conduct of GM Racing. The CTS-V Coupe translates good to a track. The prolongation chronicle already provides copiousness of energy and well-developed handling.

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