Last year it was reported that General Motors was still mulling over the possibility of competing in IMSA’s new P2-spec Daytona Prototype International class, which will replace the current Daytona Prototype class for 2017. At that time both Chevrolet and Cadillac-branded DPi racecars were recognized as possibilities for the program, however now it seems GM has settled on Cadillac.
According to Sportscar365, a total of five manufacturers are currently evaluating the possibility of a DPi program, with Cadillac being one of them. The manufacturer would likely partner with chassis builder Dallara to craft the new car, which would be powered by the same 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 found under the hood of Cadillac Racing’s ATS-V.R racecar.
Due to their close relationship with Dallara and their prior successes racing DPs in IMSA, Sportscar365 has pegged Wayne Taylor Racing to lead Cadillac’s factory-backed DPi efforts in 2017. Action Express Racing could also be on the cards, with team boss Gary Nelson having recently visited Dallara’s headquarters in Italy.
Other manufacturers said to evaluating a DPi effort include Mazda, Bentley, Nissan and Honda Performance Development (HPD).