- Sebastian Bourdais, Renger van der Zande, Pipo Derani and Alexander Sims will be key drivers for Cadillac next season in the GTP class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
- Bourdais and van der Zande will team up for the Chip Ganassi Racing entry, while Derani and Sims will drive for the Action Express team.
- Cadillac has not announced any drivers for its 2023 Hypercar entry in the World Endurance Championship.
Cadillac’s two cars in the new Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Series 2023 will have familiar faces behind the wheel.
The manufacturer announced Tuesday that veterans Renger van der Zande, Sebastien Bourdais, Pipo Derani and Alexander Sims will drive the new Cadillac V-LMDh cars for the nine-race IMSA GTP class schedule next season.
Bourdais and van der Zander will mate in the Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac V-LMDh, while Derani and Sims will drive the Cadillac V-LMDh for Action Express Racing. Bourdais, van der Zander and Derani currently drive the DPi class for Cadillac.
Van der Zande, 36, has eight IMSA victories in a Cadillac DPi-VR since 2018 and is completing his first season with Bourdais.
“A new era is dawning with Cadillac’s V-LMDh, in which we are going into big battles with other manufacturers that have been around for a long time and participate in Le Mans every year,” said Van der Zande. trying to get in there and win it over with a brand new car and technologies. It’s a great project to be a part of from the start. Everyone is super motivated to develop the car, work on the systems, work on the team, get the right people in place because it’s a slightly bigger project than the DPI was and there’s a lot more to it because everything is new. There’s a lot to figure out, but it’s really cool to see the energy within the team to move forward and we’re part of history here.”
Bourdais, a four-time Indy motoring champion, has racked up four wins in a Cadillac DPi-VR, including the 2021 Twelve Hours of Sebring with JDC-Miller Motorsports. Bourdais has won four poles in the No. 01 V-Performance Academy Cadillac DPi-VR
“Development on the new car has started and we’re trying to get it to as many places as possible and I’ve been a part of that from the start,” said Bourdais, 43. “It’s something I really enjoy, a new car developing, it’s a bit like a new baby. You kind of put your stamp on it and give your feedback and dream of developing it so that you feel one with the car. We have a very strong base and Cadillac and Dallara have done a great job. It is a very exciting program and a very exciting new era for endurance racing.”
The 34-year-old Sims is from London and has served as the third driver for IMSA endurance races in 2021 with the Corvette Racing team in the DPi class.
“I’m excited to be back racing full-time in IMSA and driving the Cadillac V-LMDh. It’s an impressive piece of equipment. I’ve had some good years with Corvette in GT racing, which brought me back to the IMSA paddock,” said Sims, who took on Derani in Formula 3. “It’s racing that I absolutely love. The format of the racing, the competitiveness, the tracks we’re going to are brilliant.”
Derani, 28, who took the 2021 driver’s title in the closing laps of the Petit Le Mans, has racked up six wins in the Cadillac DPi-VR since joining Action Express Racing for the 2019 season. He has made 59 starts in IMSA prototypes since 2016.
“As a driver it is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a program about the future of endurance racing. To come work as a factory driver at Cadillac is a dream come true,” said Derani.
Sims and Derani recently participated in testing sessions of the Cadillac V-LMDh at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta and Watkins Glen International.
Cadillac has not yet announced its drivers for the manufacturer’s Hypercar entry for the 2023 World Endurance Championship. Cadillac is expected to be the sole US manufacturer in the WEC Hypercar class.