Canaan O’Connell, son of Cadillac Racing driver Johnny O’Connell, will make his professional racing debut this weekend during Rounds 9 and 10 of the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge season at Utah Motorsports Park.
The 22-year old O’Connell will race with TechSport Racing in the team’s No. 24 Chevrolet Sonic in the TCB class. He will be teamed with TCB points leader PJ Groenke, driver of the No. 25 Sonic.
“Making my pro racing debut is something I’ve thought about for as long as I can remember,” Canaan said. “To finally achieve that dream is an amazing feeling, as it means I’m on course. It’s a feeling I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.”
Canaan has never before raced in a professional event, however he’s no stranger to the track. Apart from competing in amateur racing events, the budding racer also serves as an instructor at the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving.
The younger O’Connell is especially pleased with his partnership with TechSport as he gets to make his racing debut in a General Motors product. Much of his father’s success has come from behind the wheel of GMs like the Corvette C5-R and Cadillac CTS-V.R and ATS-V.R.
“(the debut) is even more special because I get to do it in a GM product,” he said. “Not only because of my father’s success within the company, but because of the incredible people that are a GM. Jim Campbell, Mark Kent and of course Gary and Robin Pratt have all been huge influences on my life.”