Over the weekend, Cadillac Racing had a solid showing at the Pirelli World Challenge Series season opener in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Johnny O’Connell took second place in the first race in his CTS-V Coupe race car, behind Lawson Aschenbach’s Porsche 911 GT3. Well, initially.
After a post-race review by race officials, it was revealed that Aschenbach passed multiple cars during a local yellow between Turns 3 and 4 on the final lap, lap 27. As a result, Aschenbach was penalized 60 seconds, dropping him to 11th in class and 27th in the final race standings. So via technicality, Caddy won race 1. Race two didn’t yield another victory, but the team did place better overall.
Following the first round, Team Cadillac managed a double-podium finish in the second race, as Johnny O’Connell finished second and Andy Pilgrim third. Aschenbach did manage the win, however.
After the first two rounds, O’Connell leads the driver points, 265-239, over Aschenbach, with Pilgrim third at 204. In the Manufacturers’ standings, Porsche leads with 17 and Cadillac is a point behind with 16.
The first two rounds of the Pirelli World Challenge season will be broadcast on NBC Sports, Sunday, April 8 at 4:30-6 p.m. EDT. The races will also be broadcast on www.world-challengeTV.com after initial broadcast.
The next race for Team Cadillac is April 13-15 in the annual Grand Prix of Long Beach.