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First Look at Spirit of Daytona Cadillac DPi

Spirit of Daytona Cadillac DPi-V.R revealed ahead of Roar Before Rolex 24…

Photo: SDR

Spirit of Daytona’s new Cadillac DPi-V.R has been revealed ahead of this weekend’s Roar Before the 24 at Daytona International Speedway.

The Florida-based squad, which reverts to its previous team name following the end of Visit Florida sponsorship, took delivery of the Dallara-based prototype last month and has been busy preparing the car for the 2018 season.

It is the fourth Cadillac DPi in the Prototype field, joining the pair of Action Express Racing entries and defending champions, Wayne Taylor Racing.

Tristan Vautier and Matt McMurry have been named full-season drivers, with Eddie Cheever III expected to join the duo for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Photo: SDR

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. KV

    January 2, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    IF the driver of this car goes off course,that soil snowplow, will scoop up a skip loader full in a NEW YORK minuite !THANKS JOKER RULE and FIA !

    • Jenner

      January 2, 2018 at 2:20 pm

      …..and people think the shark fin is ugly. That blade is gonna b slicing more tires than the dude in Ten Commandment’s chariot race.

      • Matt

        January 2, 2018 at 4:40 pm

        The shark fin is way more obtrusive looking than a front splitter…


        January 3, 2018 at 9:52 pm


        • Jenner

          January 4, 2018 at 4:15 am

          Sorry, your right. I was just a little tike in the 70’s. What a great racing movie. Ha!

    • Matt

      January 2, 2018 at 4:38 pm

      Have you guys been under a rock for the past year? All of these cars have large front splitters.

      • tracer

        January 2, 2018 at 11:25 pm

        Seriously though. What’s next? Shock and awe over an LMP having a rear wing? 🤔

      • kv

        January 3, 2018 at 5:30 pm

        JIM HALL TRIED A COW CATCHER front spoiler on early CHAPARRELS and scraped it !

  2. Cadillac Attack

    January 2, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    I’d just like to say, that is one beautiful race car!

  3. Sir Skidsalot

    January 2, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Plain Jane Livery

    • Youdontknowart

      January 2, 2018 at 8:52 pm

      Why it looks so good, pinhead.

  4. Matt

    January 2, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Wot a beaut!

  5. Harry Manback

    January 2, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Seeing the clean blue livery is very reminiscent of Michael Cooper’s 2017 ATS-V.R (RIP).

    That being said: What’s the deal with Cadillac’s involvement with regards to the teams? Mazda is clearly supporting Joest as Honda is Penske as factory teams… but there is no clearly-defined “factory” Cadillac program. I understand that WTR and AXR have been privateer teams in the past (as has SoD)… and *technically*, “anyone” could go out an buy a Mazda or Acura DPi to run privately. So why is Cadillac not “adopting” one of their teams an calling it a “factory effort”? Is their logic to spread the love equally so that there’s no “favoritism”? Seems like in the manufacture’s war for overall championships, you would want to pool the recourses into one team to have a better chance of winning, as unfair is that may be to the other teams. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    • Matt

      January 2, 2018 at 4:15 pm

      WTR is the main team. They do all the setup and development work alongside GM

      • Harry Manback

        January 2, 2018 at 4:35 pm

        I figured that was the case considering they helped develop the car… but it just seems like yet another missed opportunity on Cadillac’s part by not having a blatantly obvious “Cadillac Racing” team to carry the flag.

        ***conversely: I guess if one team was the flag-carrier yet one of the other three cars beat them race-after-race, that might not necessarily help any image.

  6. Andy Flinn

    January 2, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    Harry, I don’t understand how it would hurt Cadillac’s image.

    It’s how Porsche BUILT their image.

    • I thinks I am smarte persone.

      January 2, 2018 at 8:58 pm

      How many thousands of hours do you spend on internet message boards hunting for comments you can try to contradict, show supposed racing genius? Must lead a very lonely life, or spent most of your adult life trying to show superiority over children.

      • tracer

        January 2, 2018 at 11:29 pm

        About as many hours as you spend scrolling through comments to find one of his to troll. It’s a comment section and he commented on the point… and you have the balls to talk about a lonely life? 🤦‍♂️

      • Andy Flinn

        January 3, 2018 at 4:20 pm

        “I thinks” your therapist will be back soon. You better get off her computer.

  7. Andy Flinn

    January 3, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Thanks, tracer.

  8. Andy Flinn

    January 3, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    My question is a legitimate one.

    How does having WTR, AXR, and Spirit of Daytona all racing on Cadillac’s behalf hurt the carmaker’s image?

    How does Callaway winning the ADAC championship hurt Corvette’s image?

    Somebody please explain because I honestly don’t understand.

    • Harry Manback

      January 4, 2018 at 7:50 am

      It needs to be one or the other: have a Cadillac Racing factory team, or all privateer teams. If you have both at the same time and the privateer teams are beating the factory teams, it’s going to raise the question of “hey, wait a minute, the factory can’t even beat their own cars that they’ve given to other people” thus hurting their image. I agree with you that Cadillac is doing right now that made Porsche “famous” by flooding the field with their cars, and that’s not a bad thing. My initial question was: What is better, having a unified factory team to go head-to-head against the Mazda and Acura factory teams, or just doing what they are doing. If they had a single factory team {even if last year it was a merger of AXR and WTR}, would that of helped their image more?

    • Harry Manback

      January 4, 2018 at 8:03 am

      With regards to the GT3 Corvette thing, it’s flat out stupid. The logic has always been that GM didn’t want a Corvette EVER racing against a Cadillac head-to-head in any class because of the food chain; Cadillac is higher than Chevrolet, so if a Corvette beats a Cadillac, then why should a potential car buyer even think of walking into a Cadillac dealership??? In the real world for racing fans, does this make sense? Nooooooooot reeeeeallly…. I’m mean, sorta… but we know the difference, and the person in the market for a either an ATS or a Corvette aren’t going to by one or the other because of how different they are. But from a marketing standpoint, GM holds the ATS-V and CTS-V in higher regards than a Corvette, thus thinks if the C7 GT3-R beats the ATS-V.R, it will take away a sale from the upper-tier Cadillac.

      With regards to Callaway’s success in Europe hurting Corvette – that’s not remotely the case. The reason the C7 GT3-R was banned from US sales is that the ATS-V.R was supposed to be GM’s GT3 car and supposed to make it’s way to customers’ hands (like Stevenson Motorsports) but never did. However, if it did – they didn’t want a Corvette GT3 racing a Cadillac GT3 for reason mentioned above.

  9. kv

    January 3, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    SPONSERS with skin in the game is what made GOLDLEAF TEAM LOTUS domimnate in f1.COMMERCIAL SPONSERS IS WHAT INDY is all about !

  10. Slicks in the wet

    January 4, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Your posting

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