The sudden departure of former Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen last month isn’t expected to affect the GM brand’s Prototype racing program in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Racer reports, citing an unnamed source within the company.
The South African-born businessman is a motorsports fan and was a supporter of Cadillac’s current IMSA program throughout his tenure at Cadillac. Last year, the program proved fruitful, with the Cadillac DPi-V.R earning the Drivers’, Teams’, and Manufacturers’ Championships after winning a majority of the races on the calendar.
Replacing de Nysschen at the helm of Cadillac is Steve Carlisle – former President and Managing Director of GM’s Canada operations. He’s not expected to pull the manufacturer out of IMSA’s premier racing series anytime soon.
In addition to its involvement in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar series, Cadillac has previously campaigned and largely dominated the Pirelli World Challenge with the ATS-V.R, and the CTS-V.R before it. The company announced its exit from the PWC series after the conclusion of the 2017 season in order to focus more the IMSA program, which has accomplished a lot already in the 2018 season, including six podium finishes and two wins. Those wins, both attributable to the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac, were achieved at the 24 Hours of Daytona and the Long Beach race.
The next round of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is scheduled to take place Sunday, May 6th at Mid-Ohio.