GM Brings Cadillac Back to Racing with CTS-V Coupe

It's been three years since GM pulled the plug on Cadillac's racing aspirations, but the luxury carmaker is set for a comeback as it was announced today that Cadillac will return to racing in 2011 with the CTS-V Coupe, which will compete in the Sports Car Club of America World Challenge [SCCA]. The move also marks Cadillac's return to a series where it competed from 2004 to 2007, taking the Manufacturer’s Championship in 2005 and 2007 and the Driver’s Championship in 2005.

“Returning to racing in the SCCA World Challenge is a great way to demonstrate the performance and capability of the CTS-V Coupe,” said Don Butler, vice president for Cadillac marketing. “The racecars in this series are production based, which allows us to validate our performance against the best of our competitors on the track, and not just the showroom.”

The Detroit-based company will prepare two teams for the upcoming SCCA World Challenge GT Class with a racecar based on the production CTS-V Coupe. The first event of the series will take place on March 25-27 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The first event in the SCCA World Challenge is. Johnny O’Connell, a three-time GT1 champion in the America Le Mans Series, and Andy Pilgrim, who won the 2005 SCCA World Challenge GT class in a Cadillac, will be behind the wheel of the CTS-V racecars.