Dixon, Aitken Complete Cadillac GTP Enduro Lineups – Sportscar365

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Scott Dixon and Jack Aitken complete Cadillac Racing’s lineups for the Michelin Endurance Cup races in the two season entries for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTP standings.

Dixon, a four-time winner of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, will drive one of two Chip Ganassi Racing-prepared Cadillac V-LMDh cars in the Florida endurance classic alongside season drivers Sebastien Bourdais and Renger van der Zande.

Williams F1 reserve driver Aitken, who shone in European Le Mans Series LMP2 competition with TF Sport, has meanwhile been placed in the Action Express Racing-run Cadillac alongside Pipo Derani and Alexander Sims.

A third Cadillac will be fielded at Daytona by CGR with its FIA World Endurance Championship team consisting of Richard Westbrook, Earl Bamber and Alex Lynn.

“The Rolex 24 at Daytona is the most important race on the IMSA schedule and also happens to be the first race of the year,” said Mike O’Gara, CGR’s director of operations.

“Scott brings stability because he has been with us for over 20 years.

“He is the stable guy who offers a good perspective to jump into the race car and gives us a fresh, reliable view. He’s not an extra driver to get us through the 24-hour race. He adds something to the program, even if he only drives the car a few times a year.”

The IndyCar legend took his first laps in the Dallara-chassis LMDh car at Cadillac’s recent 24-hour test at Sebring International Raceway.

“To be part of the endurance test with no real issues, it hit the ground running well,” said Dixon. “The good power and the handling are very nice, and that’s what you can expect from what

“Cadillac has done it before with a naturally aspirated V8,” he said. “Honestly, the car seems very reliable and ready to go. There are a lot of new systems to get used to and it’s a big car, but fun to drive.”

In addition to his LMP2 achievements, Aitken has been a regular in GT3 races in recent years with Lamborghini outfit Emil Frey Racing, with the 27-year-old British-Korean driver set to make his WeatherTech Championship debut.

“The prospect of working with Action Express and Cadillac on the V-LMDh program gripped me as soon as it became an opportunity and working over the past few weeks to make that happen has only cemented my belief that we have a fantastic calendar of events with a highly motivated, top-level crew,” said Aitken.

“It will be a real pleasure to represent a brand like Cadillac at a time when the endurance world is entering what many call a golden age of sports car racing. I can’t wait to get to work with everyone, including my teammates Pipo and Alex, who have already been very hospitable.”

Aitken effectively replaces Toyota Gazoo Racing driver Mike Conway, who was the team’s third driver in recent seasons but was barred from continuing in that capacity due to AXR’s elevation to factory status for 2023.

“All of us at Action Express Racing are thrilled to have Jack join our team as our endurance driver,” said AXR team manager Gary Nelson.

“We have won six IMSA Endurance Championships and five IMSA overall championships in the past nine years. Strong runs in the endurance events are critical to both championships.

“We expect great things in 2023 and with Jack’s help we can’t wait to get started on our sixth overall and seventh endurance championships.”

All nine drivers will compete in the IMSA-sanctioned test at Daytona International Speedway next week.

John Dayys is the founder and editor-in-chief of Sportscar365. Dagys was a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com and SPEED Channel for eight years and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Please contact Jan

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