What are Cadillac’s DPi choices as soon as WTR departs?
Wayne Taylor Racing’s upcoming departure from Cadillac Racing’s three-team DPi program has left Normal Motors with some inquiries to reply forward of the 2021 IMSA season.
With WTR’s No. 10 Cadillac DPi-V.R set to rework into an Acura ARX-05 subsequent season, the single-car No. 31 Motion Specific Racing Cadillac, and JDC-Miller Motorsports’ two-car DPi-V.R effort, are the one identified options for the model in the intervening time.
WTR might choose to promote its chassis within the low season, and Juncos Racing continues to attempt to discover a purchaser for the Cadillac it bought and campaigned in a part-time effort final yr, nevertheless it’s unclear if GM may have greater than three entries within the DPi class.
“Too quickly,” Cadillac Racing program supervisor Laura Wontrop Klauser instructed RACER when requested about its post-WTR plans.
If there’s an unintended profit to Taylor’s departure from the Cadillac Racing household, it might come within the type of forging nearer relations with the JDC-Miller outfit, the most recent member of DPi-V.R group, which stepped up from LMP2 in 2019. Because the producer prepares to lose WTR, which additionally serves as its present DPi championship chief, the upstart JDC-Miller group holds a powerful second within the standings, simply 5 factors behind WTR, because of the consistency delivered by Joao Barbosa and Sebastien Bourdais within the No. 5 entry.
The Frenchman is ready for a return to IndyCar subsequent yr, which opens a front-running seat within the No. 5, and with the sister No. 85 JDC-Miller Cadillac in want of extra constant funding to take care of a season-long driver duo, there are quite a few alternatives to assist the group attain larger in 2021.
One level behind JDC-Miller in third, the 2018 DPi championship winners at Motion Specific Racing are additionally inside putting distance of the title with Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani within the No. 31 Cadillac, and it’s believed each drivers are staying on board.
Holding a 1-2-3 within the championship forward of Sunday’s Acura Sports activities Automobile Problem at Mid-Ohio, Cadillac is in an envious place, however Mazda Motorsports isn’t far behind with its No. 55 entry in fourth, six factors again from WTR, and the No. 77 RT24-P in fifth, 9 factors arrears. Acura Crew Penske’s No. 7 ARX-05 is the final automobile with a practical shot on the title, with 10 factors wanted to catch WTR and 4 races left to get it achieved.
Among the many numerous Acura, Cadillac, and Mazda entries, a variety of driver modifications might additionally form subsequent season’s grid, together with potential motion for a champion or two, that may profit Cadillac.
Think about WTR’s transfer to Acura is anticipated to characteristic the return of his son Ricky as a full-timer, which implies one of many two leaders within the Drivers’ standings – Ryan Briscoe or Renger van der Zande – shall be attempting to find a experience. And with no less than one emptiness coming with Bourdais’ departure, there’s a major DPi-V.R opening to fill.
Acura Crew Penske’s Helio Castroneves, who’s hoping for an IndyCar return however can also be open to persevering with in DPi with a brand new group, and ATP’s reigning DPi champion Juan Pablo Montoya, function apparent choices for Cadillac to discover. Montoya’s teammate, Dane Cameron, is alleged to be safe for 2021 with Meyer Shank Racing.
And let’s not overlook the factory-level expertise sitting on the sidelines. Former Ford prototype and GT driver Joey Hand has not labored for the reason that 2019 season ended; his former Ford GT teammate and former Corvette DP driver Richard Westbrook is under-employed; ex-Nissan DPi driver Ryan Dalziel is in the identical class, and who is aware of if and what number of of Porsche’s IMSA GT Le Mans drivers shall be in the marketplace after the model departs GTLM in November. As if there weren’t sufficient rockets to rent, a number of present IndyCar stars may very well be attempting to find drives if their open-wheel careers come to an finish within the low season.
Thus far, it’s only one group altering producers, however the ripples and ramifications are manyfold. If solely followers had been allowed into the paddocks from Mid-Ohio to Sebring, they simply may get pleasure from recognizing the varied drivers and model representatives slipping out and in of transporters as 2021’s enterprise will get achieved…