Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn and Richard Westbrook have been confirmed as the complete season driving trio for Cadillac Racing’s single automotive Hypercar class effort within the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship.
The trio will marketing campaign their Cadillac V-LMDh within the seven WEC races confirmed simply final week, together with Cadillac’s first outing to the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2002. They’re anticipated to be joined on the entry listing for the centenary Le Mans 24 Hours by not less than one extra Cadillac entry.
The trio may also compete within the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January – the opening spherical of the nine-race IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – within the Grand Touring Prototype class, the racing debut for the brand new Cadillac.
“We stay up for new challenges by coming into the V-LMDh within the World Endurance Championship,” mentioned International Vice President of Cadillac Rory Harvey.
“Bringing collectively a world-class workforce of drivers is paramount to our success subsequent yr and Cadillac Racing has completed that.”
Bamber has two total wins from his 5 begins at Le Mans and was the 2019 IMSA GTLM champion – He’s a double Porsche SUpercup Champion and was the 2017 FIA WEC World Drivers Champion..
Lynn, who has pushed in 28 WEC races since 2016, received the LMGTE Professional class at Le Mans in 2020 and likewise took LMGTE Professional class victories at Spa in 2017 and 2018.
Westbrook, who scored an total podium end within the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June within the Glickenhaus Hypercar, is an 11-time race winner in IMSA, the place he earned a category victory within the Rolex 24 At Daytona in 2018 with Chip Ganassi Racing.
He’s additionally a former Porsche, Chevrolet Corvette, Ford and Aston Martin manufacturing unit driver and has raced at Le Mans for the latter three, Porsche Supercup champion and GT2 champion.
This season, co-drove the JDC Miller Cadillac DPi-V.R to a runner-up end at Sebring and earned third place finishes on the 24 Hours of Daytona and Lengthy Seaside.
The WEC crew be part of the 2 IMSA full-season crews already introduced on Cadillac’s GTP roster in North America:
Renger van der Zande and Sebastien Bourdais, who co-drove the #01 V-Efficiency Academy Cadillac DPi-V.R to 3 victories this previous season, will proceed as teammates in a Chip Ganassi Racing-prepared Cadillac V-LMDh.
Pipo Derani, the 2021 IMSA DPi champion, shall be paired with Alexander Sims within the sister Cadillac V-LMDh ready by Motion Specific Racing.
Further drivers for endurance races on the 2023 IMSA GTP schedule, starting with the 61st Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 28-29, shall be introduced at a later date.
All seven Cadillac Racing drivers are collaborating within the on-track growth of the Cadillac V-LMDh with three days of testing at Highway Atlanta getting underway in the present day.
“I’m excited to race the Cadillac V-LMDh. I feel it appears implausible and it sounds even higher,” Lynn mentioned. “It’s going to essentially be one for the followers, particularly once we take it to Le Mans. I do know that the gang at Le Mans are large followers of American V8s, and this automotive goes to be no totally different apart from the truth that it’s going to be preventing for the general victory, which I actually consider it’s going to be a implausible automotive. I feel we’re going to make nice recollections. There’s one trophy that we’ve all acquired our minds on and it’s that one.”
Codeveloped by Cadillac Design, Cadillac Racing and chassis producer Dallara, the V-LMDh options an all-new Cadillac 5.5-liter DOHC V-8 engine developed by GM’s Efficiency and Racing propulsion workforce primarily based in Pontiac, Michigan. The brand new V-8 is paired to the LMDh spec vitality restoration system and can function Cadillac’s first hybrid prototype race automotive.
Earl Bamber: “I’m actually completely happy to proceed at Chip Ganassi Racing and Cadillac. I’ve cherished my first season in DPi and now to proceed over into the LMDh period and WEC is tremendous thrilling. Trying ahead to preventing for world championship and one other Le Mans victory.
“The World Endurance Championships offers us the chance to race on the world’s largest race, which is Le Mans, the crown jewel of sports activities automotive racing. I’ve been fortunate sufficient to win it earlier than and it’s clearly an enormous aim for Cadillac and everybody at Chip Ganassi Racing. To have that aim in sight is basically thrilling.
“It’s been nice to have Alex as a teammate in 2022. We’ve been in a position to study and develop collectively within the DPi and now we have a extremely good partnership going into WEC. We all know one another rather well and consider including Richard shall be a seamless transition. Hopefully, we will kickstart the 2023 season with success.
“The Cadillac V-LMDh automotive is phenomenal. Since day one we’ve been doing loads of simulation work. I used to be fortunate sufficient to be the primary driver to get behind the wheel at Putnam and that was a extremely particular second. The entire workforce at Cadillac have completed a implausible job. It sounds phenomenal and I feel the followers are going to like it.”
Alex Lynn: “I’m completely thrilled to proceed with Cadillac and Chip Ganassi Racing. It’s an enormous honor to drive for Chip in any capability however definitely on a full manufacturing unit sports activities automotive program, it’s significantly cool. Cadillac has a lot heritage as a luxurious North American sports activities automotive model, so to have the ability to signify them is a large privilege. I’ve had loads of enjoyable in my first yr doing it and to proceed that onto the World Endurance Championship stage is implausible.
“For me, returning to WEC is type of what I’ve all the time identified and it’s a bit like going into my wheelhouse. This yr in IMSA was a bit totally different with attending to know all-new circuits and a brand new type of racing so 2023 shall be crammed with a bit extra of what I’m used to with extra of a European focus.
“I feel what’s vital about WEC is definitely Le Mans. As a sports activities automotive race Le Mans is the crown jewel and every thing that we wish to win. To have the ability to take Chip Ganassi Racing and Cadillac again to Le Mans to combat for total honors is a large honor and that’s one thing that I’m going to work tirelessly to verify we obtain.
“I feel Earl and I work effectively collectively as a result of we’re very shut but additionally as a result of we problem one another. Whether or not it’s on our driving, on the setup of the automotive, we push and ask loads of one another, however on the similar time, there’s loads of respect. In a manner, there’s a bit little bit of cohesion which is nice, and I feel it’s wanted in a profitable sports activities automotive workforce. We’ve thrilled to have Richard come on board and to proceed rising a profitable program.
“I’m excited to race the Cadillac V-LMDh. I feel it appears implausible and it sounds even higher. It’s going to essentially be one for the followers particularly once we take it to Le Mans. I do know that the gang at Le Mans are large followers of American V8s, and this automotive goes to be no totally different apart from the truth that it’s going to be preventing for the general victory, which I actually consider it’s going to be a implausible automotive. I feel we’re going to make nice recollections.
There’s one trophy that we’ve all acquired our minds on and it’s that one.”
Richard Westbrook: “After 4 actually good years at Chip Ganassi Racing, I’ve acquired so many pals there and I’ve all the time dreamt to return again in the future. It simply labored so effectively between 2016 and 2019, and I’m delighted we discovered a route to return collectively once more. I can’t wait, it’s an thrilling period in sports activities automotive racing proper now.
“It’s a extremely thrilling time to be a sports activities automotive drivers when you’ve got the entire prime producers throwing every thing at it. I personally take pleasure in serving to develop automobiles and I’m excited for the start of Cadillac’s V-LMDh program.
“I really feel like I do know Alex and Earl rather well. I did Le Mans with Alex in 2020 and I’ve identified him for years. It looks like I’m going again with an ex-teammate and precisely the identical with Earl. Though I’ve by no means shared a automotive with Earl, we’ve all the time completed the identical type of racing be it in WEC or in IMSA. We’ve had numerous battles, together with this yr in our dueling Cadillacs. We’ve all the time gotten alongside fairly effectively, and I can say we’re going to have an important yr collectively.
“I’ve actually loved my time racing in WEC the final couple of years and notably at Le Mans. 2023 shall be my first yr doing a full WEC marketing campaign. I feel it is going to be actually thrilling for a real American producer to go and sort out the World Endurance Championship, which hasn’t been completed for a very long time. It’s a kind of racing that I’m used to and was introduced up on. I’m trying ahead to the problem and the calendar appears nice. I can’t wait.”