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Johnny O’Connell, 2012 Pirelli World Challenge GT Driver’s Champion, and Andy Pilgrim, runner-up in GT points, are poised to keep the Cadillac CTS-V Coupes at the front of the World Challenge field in 2013 (Richard Prince/Cadillac Racing Photo).


Cadillac is ready to carry forward its championship-winning effort from 2012 into the new season of the Pirelli World Challenge Series (Richard Prince/Cadillac Racing Photo).


Racing the Cadillac CTS-V

Racing the Cadillac CTS-V

Cadillac Racing, SCCA Pro Racing Pirelli World Challenge, Johnny O’Connell drives the #3 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe and Andy Pilgrim drives the #8 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe (Richard Prince/Cadillac Racing Photo).

Racing the Cadillac CTS-V in the World Challenge Series lets Cadillac put their cars where the action is.  Racing improves the breed, and by racing a Cadillac CTS-V that is not only production based but very close to the production model Cadillac can directly translate lessons from the track to the street.

Here is a direct comparison from the CTS-V Coupe to the CTS-V Coupe Race Car:

CTS-V Coupe Road to Race Car Specification Comparison

Specification CTS-V Coupe Road Car CTS-V  Coupe Race Car
Body structure Strategically placed high-strength steel in unibody construction Reinforced production unibody with race-designed safety cage
Weight Curb weight 4,222 lbs. Curb weight 3,200 lbs. with mandated competition ballast, 50/50 weight distribution
Engine 6.2L supercharged V-8 (RWD); 556 hp @ 6100; torque 551@3800 6.2L, 90-degree V-8 with aluminum block and heads; 460 hp @ 5400; torque 447@4400
Transmission Six-speed manual Sequential six-speed transmission, no lift shift
Differential Locking rear, 4.15 final drive Limited-slip differential with 3.0 final drive
Brakes Brembo brakes six-piston front/four-piston, four-wheel ABS disc Brembo brakes, six-pot front with 355 mm rotor, four pot rear with 328 mm rotor, race spec four-wheel disc
Wheels 19-in. aluminum alloy BBS 12 x 18-in. aluminum rear wheels with 11 x 18-in. fronts
Tires Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 performance tires Pirelli racing slicks, front 305/645 x 18, rear 315/675 x 18, series spec
Steering ZF Servotronic® 2,6 speed-sensitive, power-assisted rack-and-pinion; variable ratio Steering, variable power-assisted rack-and-pinion
Suspension Front and rear independent with StabiliTrak electronic stability control system Three-way adjustable dampers (shocks); front independent SLA, race-modified; rear race-modified independent multi-link
Steering Wheel Adjustable leather-wrapped with radio controls Carbon fiber with six knobs and 12 buttons controlling everything from driver drink bottle to launch control
Seating Heated and ventilated driver and front passenger Recaro 14-way power-adjustable performance seats Single Pratt & Miller-designed cool seat, custom-fitted to driver
Safety Driver and passenger side air bags, passenger air bag on/off switch, OnStar Automatic Crash Response, etc. Pratt & Miller-developed side impact-reducing crush box, six-point driver restraint system with removable steering wheel
Radio 10-speaker Bose® 5.1 surround sound system; hard-drive device; AM/FM/RDS4/MP3/ DVD with USB audio connectivity and steering wheel controls and SiriusXM satellite radio Motorola two-way radio with steering wheel-mounted press-to-talk button and single speaker connection to driver ear buds
Racing the Cadillac CTS-V

Richard Prince/Cadillac Racing Photo

Slowing down for Racing the Cadillac CTS-V?

For some series and manufacturers, the race car has to be carefully tuned up to be competitive.  For WCRacing, Cadillac restricts the CTS-V engine output from the 556 hp that the street car makes to 460 hp for the race car.  Yes, when racing the Cadillac CTS-V Cadillac gives up almost 100 hp.

The racing engines are prepared by Katech.  They use the same 6.2L OHV V8 as the street car, but don’t have the supercharger.  As prepared they would make 520 hp, but are restricted to 460 hp for the series.

A big difference from the street car to make up for the power loss is weight.  The race car hits the track at 3,200 lbs plus rewards weight.  The street car weighs 4,222 lbs.  In the World Challenge, winning drivers get rewards weight to add to their car for the next race.  This helps balance the series even further during the season.  You can see the rewards weight each driver is carrying by numbers on the windscreen.

The complete vehicle specification for the racing the Cadillac CTS-V can be found on the World Challenge site here.

Racing the Cadillac CTS-V

Racing the Cadillac CTS-V

Cadillac is not afraid to throw down the gauntlet and put their cars on the track.  Racing the Cadillac CTS-V even with the series restrictions can give a very good test ground for engineering improvements in the street cars.    Racing the Cadillac CTS-V is also very entertaining.

Bravo Cadillac!

Team Cadillac Finishes Second, Fourth in Grand Prix of Utah

  • O’Connell Leads Pilgrim in Driver Points After Four Races
  • Cadillac Leads Manufacturer’s Points Over Porsche
  • O’Connell Leads 10 laps, Pilgrim Nipped at End for Third

TOOELE, Utah  –  For the first 10 laps of Saturday’s PrivacyStar Utah Grand Prix, it appeared that Team Cadillac had a shot at a third victory in four races.

But in the end, the team had to settle for second and fourth places, plus a solid points day toward the Pirelli World Challenge Series championships.

Johnny O’Connell took advantage of a standing-start stumble by polesitter Patrick Long to jump to the lead, edging out a gaggle of cars at the entrance to the super-fast Turn 1. For the next 10 laps, the No. 3 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe driven by O’Connell led the way around the 3.048-mile Miller Motorsports Park course until Long got close enough to challenge.

Long dived to the inside into Turn 1 on Lap 11 and completed the pass through the tricky-fast turn complex and raced away to victory.

“It was a really good race with Patrick,” O’Connell said after the race was over. “With us carrying all the weight, I figured out pretty early that he [Long] was just going to try to wear me down, make me use up my tires and then have his way with me. I actually backed my pace off a little to let him get close. I figured eventually he would make a run at me going into Turn 1.”

He did, but was not successful the first time he tried it. Long actually led Lap 7, but O’Connell kept his foot in it and wound up keeping the top spot for another three laps.

“We raced each other super clean, and I think the fans enjoyed watching that,” O’Connell said. “I was just hoping for traffic that never came. You have to give it to them. They were a little bit stronger today, but shoot, with 144 pounds…we were carrying a lot of weight.”

That weight, called REWARDS weight, came from O’Connell winning at St. Petersburg to open the season and finishing second in the second race at St. Pete and third at Long Beach.

Andy Pilgrim, who was carrying 96 pounds after winning at Long Beach, started fourth, lost a spot in the gaggle at the start, and then advanced to third place by Lap 5, chasing O’Connell and Long.

He made up a ton of time through the middle portion as O’Connell and Long battled for the lead, his No. 8 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe shadowing his teammate and looking for opportunities to advance.

But a hard-charging Mike Skeen came from 13th on the grid to fourth place with a handful of laps remaining and passed Pilgrim on the penultimate lap to knock Team Cadillac out of another double- podium finish.

“It was a good race,” Pilgrim said of his battle with Skeen. “I knew [Skeen] was coming; there was nothing I could do. He didn’t have any weight on his car, and we know the Corvette is good. He was really good through the fast corners.”

Pilgrim got a touch loose on the next-to-last lap and Skeen pounced.

“I got a big slide out of Turn 6 and it killed my momentum for that long straight up to Turn 7,” he said. “He got to the inside and there was nothing I could do. He just accelerated faster than I did. I had to let him go. I couldn’t have turned in, and if I had tried to go around the outside I would have just punched right off the track. There’s a lot of stuff on that corner.”

At the end of the day, O’Connell was pragmatic about the result.

“For me it was very difficult, watching my tires and saving some for the end,” he said. “Right now, I am driving as strong if not stronger than I ever have in my career. It was really hard for me to sit back and manage everything, but I was very proud that I was able to do that.”

For Pilgrim, it was a good result, for the big picture, but not the one he was looking for on Saturday.

“I didn’t want top-five, but when you come into one of these races, you want to come away with top-five points if you’re in the championship. That’s all you want.”

Long’s Porsche beat O’Connell to the flag by 3.032 seconds, and Skeen, Pilgrim and David Welch in a Ferrari rounded out the top five. Randy Pobst headed the second five in his Volvo, with the Porsches of Steve Ott, James Sofronas and Madison Snow seventh through ninth. Tony Gaples rounded out the top 10 in another Corvette.

In the points, it was a banner day for Team Cadillac.  O’Connell now leads the World Challenge GT driver’s points by 49 over Pilgrim, 501-452. Sofronas is a distant third with 354, Lawson Aschenbach is fourth with 342 and Pobst is fifth with 333.

In the Manufacturer’s points, Cadillac leads Porsche by 2, 32-30, after four rounds.

Next action for Team Cadillac and the rest of the Pirelli World Challenge Series competitors will be May 10-11, the Cadillac Sports Car Grand Prix at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif.

The Grand Prix of Utah will be telecast on NBC Sports, Sunday, May 27 at 11 p.m. EDT. View live streaming on day of races and continuously on demand after races.

The Cadillac Racing Media Kit is now available online.