Earlier this year it was announced that Taiwanese racing outfit Team AAI would race at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Corvette C7.R. That was exciting news in itself seeing as Team AAI’s entry will be the fourth C7.R on the grid at Le Sarthe this year – but things just got even more interesting.
Cadillac Racing driver and former Corvette Racing mainstay Johnny O’Connell has been added to Team AAI’s driver lineup for Le Mans, according to Autosport. The 53-year old will race the LMGTE Am C7.R alongside Britain’s Oliver Bryant and Canada’s Mark Patterson.
“I’m highly excited to be going back, and to be honest with you, I’ve tried every year since I last raced there in 2010 to get to Le Mans,” O’Connell told Autosport in a recent interview.
“Pratt & Miller filled me in with what was going on, and then it was a matter of me letting the team know I was available,” he added.
Team AAI’s Corvette C7.R is the same car that won the LMGTE Pro class at Le Mans last year in the hands of Tommy Milner, Oliver Gavin and Jordan Taylor. The team was originally slated to race a Corvette C6.R at Le Mans this year before acquiring the newer C7.R from a Dutch collector.
The 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans will kick off on June 18-19.