Cadillac Racing’s Johnny O’Connell and Michael Cooper are looking for redemption at Barber Motorsports Park this weekend after an unlucky outing to Long Beach over the weekend.
O’Connell won Sunday’s Pirelli World Challenge race at Long Beach, however the veteran road racer was stripped of his win and relegated to second after his No. 3 ATS-V.R was found to have experienced spikes in boost pressure during the race. Cooper, meanwhile, started 22nd after experiencing mechanical trouble during qualifying and was forced to retire with damage towards the end of the race.
“Well it’s not easy to put Long Beach in the rearview mirror, I mean literally the amount of time we were over boosted was the blink of an eye,” said O’Connell. “So going to Barber just five later will help and for sure we are very motivated. The first race at Barber last year was awesome. We went from last to fourth. The fire was, of course, bad, but we learned from it and I expect this year we will be just as competitive. Last year the McLaren was super strong there and I suspect that once again they will have the package most suited for that circuit.”
Cooper, who hadn’t raced at Long Beach before this weekend, is looking forward to being on familiar ground at Barber.
“The focus has to be forward and I am highly motivated for Barber,” Cooper said. “I really enjoy the track layout at Barber, but I’ve only got to race there one time, which was in GTS last year. I think our Cadillac ATS-V.R Coupe will be good at Barber, but you also have to look at Alvaro Parente in the McLaren to be very tough.”
The Pirelli World Challenge heads to Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama this weekend for rounds six and seven of the series. Click here for a full schedule of this weekend Pirelli World Challenge festivities.