Chip Ganassi Racing will return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next year after a one-year hiatus, having confirmed Monday plans to field a Cadillac DPi-V.R.
Drivers for the expected single-car program have yet to be announced.
The seven-time IMSA championship-winning squad was most recently operated the factory Ford GT program from 2016-19 while sitting out of the series this year after Ford’s decision not to pursue a DPi effort.
CGR had been in discussions with multiple manufacturers for its targeted return to top-level prototype racing, which it had not done since 2015.
“We can’t wait to get back to IMSA and fight for the overall win after several years competing in the GTLM class,” said team owner Chip Ganassi.
“Our relationship with General Motors has expanded from the NASCAR Cup Series and we couldn’t be happier.
“Partnering with Cadillac is a tremendous opportunity for our team and we want to start delivering for them in January at the Rolex 24 At Daytona.”
Cadillac Vice President Rory Harvey said CGR will be a “great addition” to its lineup of DPi entries next year, which will see continued efforts from both Action Express Racing and JDC-Miller Motorsports.
“Chip’s pedigree at winning the Rolex 24 At Daytona eight times as well as their championships in this form of racing gives Cadillac another stalwart team to compete for the 2021 IMSA DPi championship,” he said.
Confirmation of CGR’s program comes as a significant boost to the DPi class next year, which will now see at least six full-season entries.
Meyer Shank Racing and Wayne Taylor Racing will each field an Acura ARX-05, along with a solo Mazda RT24-P from Multimatic and currently single-car Cadillac efforts from both JDC-Miller and Action Express.