Posted on November 3, 2016
Johnny O’Connell Comes Away with Cadillac Racing Win at Laguna Seca
Cadillac is known for its luxury, but it is quickly becoming the go-to name in the performance field, too. Earlier this month, this was shown when Johnny O’Connell outdid himself during the Pirelli World Challenge Championship GT race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, bringing in a Cadillac Racing win.
O’Connell is a four-time Pirelli World Challenge Championship (PWC) GT champion and battled for the first-place position with Porsche driver Patrick Long. He started out from the pole during the October 10th race, and led the race throughout its duration, though Long did put the pressure on at some points.
For instance, Long tried to pass O’Connell on the outside of turn four after a Lap 27 restart. Luckily for Cadillac Racing, O’Connell didn’t let him, causing Long’s Porsche 911 to go off track and into the gravel.
After Long was no longer in commission, O’Connell then had to fend off Alvaro Parente in his McLaren 650S. With his veteran racing experience, Cadillac’s racer was able to hold off Parente and crossed the finish line first. His Cadillac Racing teammate, Michael Cooper, followed behind Parente in third place.
This Cadillac Racing win allowed the team to finish second in the team championship, coming in after the K-Pax McLaren team.