Cadillac V-Series.R Won’t Be Offered As Customer Car For IMSA Or WEC

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The Cadillac V-Series.R will not be sold to independent teams for competition World Endurance Championship and IMSA, according to a report from Motorsport.com.

The V-Series.R debuted at the start of the 2023 endurance racing season, replacing the outgoing DPi-V.R race car. With the advent of the new race car, Caddy decided to pull the plug on its customer car program, which previously included quite a few motorsports teams: Spirit of Daytona/Flis Motorsports, JDC-Miller and Juncos, along with Wayne Taylor Racing and Action Express. 

Now, only three Cadillac V-Series.R race cars are seen on track for the endurance racing circuit. Two are fielded by Action Express Racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, while one is fielded by Chip Ganassi Racing in the World Endurance Championship. Laura Wontrop Klauser, sportscar racing program manager at Cadillac, said that won’t change anytime soon.

“It just doesn’t make sense to go down that path at this point,” she said when asked about pursuing a customer V-Series.R program. “Customer cars are not happening as of now, but you never use the word definitely in this sport… Different car, different program.”

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All three of Caddy’s current racing teams will be turned loose on the same track at Le Mans this summer. This includes the No. 2 V-Series.R, to be piloted by Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn and Alex Palou; the No. 3 V-Series.R of Sebastian Bourdais, Renger van der Zande and Scott Dixon; and the No. 311 V-Series.R driven by Pipo Derani, Jack Aitken and an unnamed third driver. The No. 311 Cadillac Racing entry races full-time in IMSA with the No. 31 on the doors, driven by Derani and Aitken. In 2023, the luxury marque earned a podium finish in the historic race and hopes to do it again this year.

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