Cadillac V-LMDh & CGR Turns First Official Daytona Laps

The GTP era officially kicked off today for Chip Ganassi Racing and their Cadillac V-LMDh race cars, as the No. 01 and 02 completed their first official laps in the 2023 IMSA SportsCar Championship season.

The team, along with its competitors, continue to prepare for qualifying ahead of the 24 Hours of Daytona. CGR and Cadillac will return to the track tomorrow for three final practice sessions ahead of Qualifying Day on Sunday.

In preparation for the 2023 season opener, Chip Ganassi, Managing Director Mike Hull, Director of Operations Mike O’Gara and all six drivers participated in a press conference to discuss the Cadillac program and the development of the V-LMDh.

Chip Ganassi: “When I look back at our wins here, it’s a combination of great people, great cars and having a complete program. GM has taken a big effort with this … it’s the meshing of three championship-winning organizations coming together and learning how to work with each other and employ best practices. It’s all coming to a head this weekend.”

Mike Hull: “Our team represents the 180 people who are working to make this a success here at Daytona, and it always has been and always will be at Chip Ganassi Racing. That’s what creates results and has allowed us to win here multiple times … What I like about where we’re racing with this GTP category is the technology that it represents.”

Sebastien Bourdais: “We have very much enjoyed the relationship with Cadillac and bringing them those wins. We’re really hoping this year is the year, and there has been a ton of work leading up to this moment in Daytona.”

Earl Bamber: “I think it’s a really exciting opportunity to be able to come here and fight for overall wins. It’s one race that’s eluded me personally. Chip managed to beat us quite a few times for this one back in the day … Obviously, the most successful team on the grid to win these races, and to be able to come here and do it with Cadillac is what we’re looking forward to.”

Practice 1 Results
P1 No. 60 Acura ARX-06 1:35.635
P7 No. 02 Cadillac V-LMDh 1:36.684
P8 No. 01 Cadillac V-LMDh 1:36.929

Practice 2 Results
P1 No. 60 Acura ARX-06 1:35.210
P3 No. 01 Cadillac V-LMDh 1:35.585
P5 No. 02 Cadillac V-LMDh 1:36.013

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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