Why is this beneficial?

Why is this beneficial?

(Motorsport-Total.com) – Acura and Cadillac, the main manufacturers of the DPi era in the IMSA series, take a different approach to the start of the new LMDh era than the German competition from BMW and Porsche: they share the burden. the shoulders of two action teams. In the case of Cadillac, those are Chip Ganassi Racing and Action Express Racing.

Two teams are relying on the Cadillac V-LMDh in the 2023 IMSA season


This type of partnership has thus far been uncharted territory for two of the top names in American racing. However, one is sure that the cooperation will bear fruit. AXR Team Manager Gary Nelson is in talks with ‘Motorsport.com Global’ convinced: “I think we have them [neue] Technology moved faster.”

Reason: With two mission teams, Cadillac can test different things at the same time. “In every test we did, one group tried one set of things and the other group tried a different set. We organized who was doing what and sat down at the end of each day,” explains Nelson.

AXR team manager welcomes work with CGR

So there were situations where, according to Nelson, you said to yourself: “We had a few problems with this part. Maybe you should check it in your car.” As a result, Action Express Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing have made additional progress in working with the Cadillac V-LMDh.

Nelson welcomes such discussions. Despite all the competition, both teams are working towards the same goal, as the Action Express team manager assures: “At the end of the day, we want Cadillac to win the 24 Hours of Daytona. I want it to be our Cadillac, but we still want Cadillac to be in the winner’s circle .”

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The last victory of the AXR and Cadillac in a regular sport: Petit Le Mans 2019 zoom

The Americans, whose LMDh prototype is based on the Dallara LMP2 chassis, had a few problems during testing over the past six months. At the beginning of November, a 24-hour endurance test was held at Sebring. The Cadillac is said to have clocked more mileage than the Porsche 963.

Cadillac with smooth LMDh test drives

The test kilometers at Daytona are also important to the expected success in the IMSA opener. Because: “It’s always more difficult if you don’t have a log book, a set-up book or everything else already when you get to the track. We will create a program with nothing that we can win The Tarajia 24 hours from Daytona.”

Naturally, Chip Ganassi Racing has a similar experience. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Mike O’Gara describes working with Action Express Racing as “a bit of a culture change” for the team. It is true that one is used to using several cars from the IndyCar series. However, CGR was always limited to its instrument.

Cadillac V-LMDh test at Daytona

“In last year’s Indy 500 we had five cars, all capable of competing at the front, so sharing information is our norm. But most of the time we were not sharing information outside of our house. I think the partnership with AXR has gone really well,” said O ‘Gara.

Acura follows a similar path and relies on two teams in the LMDh class: Wayne Taylor Racing and Meyer Shank Racing. Porsche entrusts its works program to the Penske team, while BMW partners with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.