Johnny O’Connell will be strapping into a new-look No. 3 Cadillac ATS-V.R race car for the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge Series season. The Velocity Red ATS-V.R is making its on track debut today at the World Challenge open test at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin.
Going from Cadillac black to Velocity Red will highlight O’Connell’s four consecutive World Challenge GT Championships.
“Cadillac has chosen Velocity Red to celebrate Johnny O’Connell’s 2015 Pirelli World Challenge GT Driver Championship,” said Uwe Ellinghaus, Cadillac Chief Marketing Officer.
“Always sharing our excitement with customers, dealers, and fans, Cadillac will now offer Velocity Red exterior paint on 2016 Cadillac ATS Coupe, ATS-V Coupe, and ATS-V Sedan models. We congratulate Johnny on his exceptional performance and wish all racers a safe and exciting 2016 season.”
O’Connell, nicknamed Johnny Red, is fond of the hue.
“Wow, what a tribute to the team’s four championship seasons,” said O’Connell. “Red is my color, it will go good with my hair. Usually team cars are the same color and you only know the difference by a mirror color and the number.
“My number three will have a distinctive on track look. What makes it extra special is that the color will also be available on production cars as well. I can’t wait to see the first one pull into one of our Cadillac Corral events this summer.”
Cadillac Racing will kick-off the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge racing season with back-to-back races at the Circuit of the Americas March 3-6 and on the city streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, March 11-13.