DETROIT, MI. – (Feb. 22, 2016) Johnny O'Connell will be strapping into a new look No. 3 Cadillac ATS-V.R race car for the2016 Pirelli World Challenge Series Championship. The Velocity Red ATS-V.R is making its on track debut today at the World Challenge open test at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
"Cadillac has chosen Velocity Red to celebrate Johnny O'Connell's 2015 Pirelli World Challenge GT Driver Championship," said Uwe Ellinghaus, Cadillac Chief Marketing Officer. "Always sharing our excitement with customers, dealers, and fans, Cadillac will now offer Velocity Red exterior paint on 2016 Cadillac ATS Coupe, ATS-V Coupe, and ATS-V Sedan models. We congratulate Johnny on his exceptional performance and wish all racers a safe and exciting 2016 season."
O'Connell, nicknamed “Johnny Red”, is fond of the hue.
"Wow, what a tribute to the team's four championship seasons," said O'Connell. "Red is my color, it will go good with my hair. Usually team cars are the same color and you only know the difference by a mirror color and the number. My number three will have a distinctive on track look. What makes it extra special is that the color will also be available on production cars as well. I can't wait to see the first one pull into one of our Cadillac Corral events this summer."
Cadillac Racing will kick-off the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge racing season with back-to-back races at the Circuit of the Americas March 3-6 and on the city streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, March 11-13.
Cadillac Racing, since its inception in 2004, has amassed 26 wins, 91 podium finishes (including wins) and 22 pole positions. The team won the World Challenge Manufacturer Championship in 2005, 2007, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Team Cadillac drivers have won the World Challenge Driver's Championship in 2005 with Andy Pilgrim and in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 with Johnny O'Connell.
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