Cadillac V-Performance Racing drivers Michael Cooper (Syosset, N.Y) and Jordan Taylor (Orlando, Fla.) will start the first of two Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) SprintX races this afternoon at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) from the fourth row in seventh. Johnny O’Connell (Flowery Branch, Ga.), and Ricky Taylor (Apopka, Fla.) will start from the sixth row in 11th.
The driver pairings of O’Connell and Ricky Taylor and Cooper and Jordan Taylor were announced yesterday. The Cadillac Racing team was able to turn maximum laps over the two day practice sessions to dial in the Cadillac ATS-V.R Coupes as well as practice driver changes.
In qualifying Cooper drove the No. 8 Cadillac ATS-V.R Coupe to seventh with a time of 1:43.647 around the 3.27-mile, 17-turn VIR circuit. O’Connell put in a fast lap of 1:43.886 good for 11th. The qualifying drivers will start the race and turn over to the Taylor brothers between the 25 and 35 minute mark of the 60-minute race.
“It was a decent qualifying run,” Cooper said. “I thought I might have left a tenth or two on the table which is worth a lot, but by the end of the session it really didn’t matter. I think we can race from there this afternoon. I think the race is going to be exciting. It should go well for us. I don’t really know what to expect, but I think there will be some fireworks at some point.”
“So far my laps in the Cadillac ATS-V.R at VIR have been good,” Ricky Taylor said. “If you’re off by a tenth that is five positions. It is really competitive here in PWC. I am having fun driving the Cadillac ATS-V.R Coupe, I am still learning what it has to offer. I am looking forward to racing it this afternoon.”
“We just had a little too much understeer in the car for qualifying,” O’Connell said. “It is frustrating to find ourselves in the back. We keep digging and tweaking on the Cadillac. That is what the car had in it this morning. I did the lap and backed it up with another one a tenth or two off. Anything is possible this afternoon. I think the race is going to be a real crap shoot. Guys will be going off and making mistakes. We need to hit our marks and execute this afternoon.”
“It is a bit different getting used to the car again,” Jordan Taylor said. “We tested at Sebring earlier in the year to acclimated to the car. VIR is a great track and the Cadillac ATS-V.R Coupe is fun to drive here. It is going to be a tough race. I think an endurance format suits our team very well.”
Two drivers, 60-minute race, one pit stop
Pro/Pro drivers may pick who qualifies
The qualifying driver must start race one
Qualifying for race two will be set by fastest race lap from race one
The finishing driver of race one must start race two
Pit window opens at the lap proceeding 25-minutes
Pro/Pro drivers have a 30-second pit time, Pro/Am drivers have a minimum pit time of 60-seconds
There will be no tire changes at VIR
Driver pairings will be awarded points equally based upon finishing position
Source. Kyle Chura/Cadillac Racing