Dixon, Aitken join Cadillac for Rolex 24

Six-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon and Williams F1 reserve driver Jack Aitken complete the Cadillac lineups for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the opening round of the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the debut of the Cadillac V-LMDh in the new GTP class.

Four-time winner of the Rolex 24, Dixon will once again join Sebastien Bourdais and Renger van der Zande for the two-hour round-the-clock event in one of Chip Ganassi Racing’s prepared entries. Aitken will drive the Action Express Racing prepared Cadillac V-LMDh alongside 2021 IMSA Champion Pipo Derani and Alexander Sims.

β€œWe are all thrilled at Action Express Racing to have Jack join our team as our endurance driver,” said team manager Gary Nelson. β€œWe 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 start our sixth overall and seventh endurance championships.”

Aitken, 27, competed in the European Le Mans Series in 2022, driving for TF Sport in the LMP2 class, competing in the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup and ADAC GT Masters with Emil Frey Racing. He also made his debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in LMP2 with Algarve Pro Racing. Aitken, the 2015 Formula Renault Eurocup champion, has been a Williams F1 reserve driver since 2020.

β€œThe 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. β€œIt 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 era of sports car racing. waiting to get started with everyone, including my teammates Pipo and Alex, who have already been very hospitable.”

Dixon (left) will again team up with Sebastien Bourdais and Cadillac at the Rolex 24. Motorsport Images

Dixon is no stranger to the Rolex 24, with three overall wins and an additional win in the GTLM class at the event, most of them with CGR.

β€œI really enjoy racing sports cars – especially once you get into these endurance races, you drive the car a lot. I just love driving and being part of interesting and high-end experiences like this with Cadillac,” said Dixon. “It’s a great fit and ultimately the pure love of racing.”

Dixon was first introduced to Cadillac’s latest prototype racer last month during an endurance test at Sebring International Raceway.

“To be part of the endurance test with no real issues, it hit the ground running well,” he said. β€œThe good power and driveability are very nice, which you would expect from what Cadillac has done before with a naturally aspirated V8. Honestly, the car seems really 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.”

Dixon’s extensive experience in sports cars alongside his open-wheel career provides valuable insight for the team.

β€œThe Rolex 24 At Daytona is the most important race of the IMSA schedule and also happens to be the first race of the year,” said Mike O’Gara, Chief Operating Officer of Chip Ganassi Racing. β€œScott brings stability because he has been with us for over 20 years. He’s 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.”

Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn and Richard Westbrook – previously announced for the Cadillac V-LMDh’s participation in the seven FIA World Endurance Championship races for 2023 – will drive the second Chip Ganassi Racing-prepared car at Daytona.

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

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