Cadillac Racing took to the track at the Indy Road Course on Sunday, September 17th, 2023 with high hopes for the run on the iconic speedway, but things didn’t go exactly how the teams hoped.
Sebastien Bourdais took the No. 01 Cadillac V-Series.R race car three-wide almost right away, swinging around the No. 7 Porsche driven by Matt Campbell and the No. 6 Porsche of Mathieu Jaminet. However, Bourdais misjudged the turn, opening the door for Jaminet to slip by. Unfortunately, things got worse from there as Bourdais ended up on the wrong end of contact from a competitor.
The No. 60 Acura struck the back of Bourdais’ No. 01 V-Series.R, spinning him and dealing significant front-end damage that ultimately forced him to visit Pit Road more than once. The not-so-great day for the No. 01 Cadillac Racing team was capped off with a 41st-place finish, placing seventh in the GTP class – or dead last in the division.
Meanwhile, the other Cadillac Racing entry, the No. 31 V-Series.R of Pipo Derani, managed to claim the lead after a round of pit stops. A short while later, Felipe Nasr’s No. 7 Porsche caught him, and the pass was completed as Derani dove too quickly into Turn 1, promptly demoted to third behind the Porsche machines. Derani would continued to lose ground, ultimately crossing the stripe in fourth among the GTP contenders.
As it stands right now, the No. 31 Cadillac Racing team of Pipo Derani and Alexander Sims maintains the overall points lead with just five points over the No. 6 Porsche of Jaminet and Nick Tandy. There’s only one race left this season to decide the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar champions, as the competitors will take to the track for the last time this year in the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on October 11th through 14th, 2023.