Cadillac, Chip Ganassi Racing Enter 2024 IMSA Season with Stout LineupIMSA
Cadillac Racing will seek to successfully defend its IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship titles in 2024 with a successful and savvy driver lineup.
Continuity and experience highlight the No. 01 Cadillac V-Series.R entry, with Sebastien Bourdais and Renger van der Zande returning for their third season as teammates. Six-time INDYCAR champion Scott Dixon returns for the Rolex 24 and additional endurance races.
“We had some success racing the Cadillac V-Series.R across the 2023 IMSA season but we are expecting even more in 2024. We are happy that Sebastien, Renger and Scott will again be in the 01 next year and that we can build on our learnings together,” said Chip Ganassi Racing Director of Operations Mike O’Gara. “We have proven that the car has reliability, as both of our Cadillacs finished every lap of the 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona. We led a lot of laps in many races last year, but not always the ones that counted. We are using the offseason to regroup and hit the reset button, so we can attack 2024 together.”
The hybrid No. 01 Cadillac V-Series.R will kick off their second season in Grand Touring Prototype competition at the 61st Rolex 24 At Daytona in late January. The nine-race schedule includes five endurance rounds.
“Rolex 24 in 2023 for Cadillac Racing was an incredible event,” said GM Sports Car Racing Program Manager Laura Wontrop Klauser. “It proved the reliability of our vehicles and how strong they could be. Since then, we’ve been figuring out how to take that solid package and get the most possible performance out of it. We are excited to come back to Daytona in January 2024 and see how much of a leap we’ve made over a year in improving the vehicle.”
The trio drove to third place in the 2023 season-opening Rolex 24 and closed with a runner-up finish in the Petit Le Mans. Combined, the three drivers have eight overall or class Rolex 24 victories. They also teamed up for a fourth-place overall finish in the Centenary of the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Bourdais and van der Zande co-drove the No. 01 Cadillac V-Series.R to victory at Laguna Seca in May, raising their win total to four over the past two seasons. Van der Zande boasts 19 career IMSA victories, including nine with Cadillac Racing, and Bourdais has 11 IMSA wins.
Cadillac swept top honors for the 2023 IMSA season, earning its fourth Manufacturer Championship and fifth IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup title in the prototype classification since 2017.
The Cadillac LMDh platform, featuring the purpose-built 5.5-liter DOHC V8 engine developed by GM’s Performance and Racing propulsion team based in Michigan paired with the LMDh spec hybrid system, made its initial on-track appearance in July 2022.
Source: Chip Ganassi Racing