No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac V-Series.R retains championship points lead
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (July 9, 2023) – The silver lining Sunday for Cadillac Racing in the Chevrolet Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is that the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac V-Series.R retained the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Grand Touring Prototype driver and team points lead.
Pipo Derani and Alexander Sims, who started on the inside of Row 2 in the hybrid Cadillac racecar for the scheduled 2-hour, 40-minute sprint, finished seventh in the race that ended under caution due to an incident with 4 minutes, 50 seconds left involving the No. 01 Cadillac V-Series.R.
Sims recorded the fastest lap of the race of the GTP contenders at 1 minute, 07.422 seconds on Lap 96 of 120. The No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac V-Series.R holds a 10-point lead over the No. 25 BMW M Hybrid V8. Cadillac paces the GTP Manufacturer standings by 47 points.
The next IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTP race is Sunday, Aug. 6, on the 4-mile, 14-turn Road America course. Cadillac Racing will participate in a two-day IMSA-sanctioned test July 28-29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for the mid-September race on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course that incorporates sections of the famous oval.
Alexander Sims: “We had a good car throughout the race and were very competitive but got caught by yellow flags today. It was just one of those days that you have to fight through to stay on course for the championship.”