How would a major F1 project impact Cadillac’ current sportscar programme?

Cadillac's global vice-president Rory Harvey. Los Angeles, October 2022. Credit: Alamy
Cadillac's global vice-president Rory Harvey. Los Angeles, October 2022. Credit: Alamy

Cadillac’s global VP has reassured fans that any foray into Formula 1 will not have an impact on their current sportscar programmes.

The Cadillac brand competes in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the Cadillac V-LMDh will make its debut in competition at the Rolex 24 at Daytona this month in the first event of the season.

They also recently unveiled the all-new Cadillac V-LMDh car ahead of their entry into the FIA World Endurance Championship.

The race in Daytona comes the same month that Cadillac announced a partnership with Andretti in a bid to get onto the Formula 1 grid, leaving some to speculate what the brand’s motorsports future operations would look like.

Fans need not worry though as the company’s global vice-president Rory Harvey said they were excited to take part in all three series.

“No, we’re super excited about that opportunity as well,” Harvey responded when asked if the F1 move would distract from the sportscar effort, as per Motorsport.com.

“The process is in the very early stages. We’re looking to submit an Expression of Interest.

PlanetF1 recommends

Max Verstappen accused of throwing ‘hissy fit’ over virtual Le Mans disconnection
Is Netflix’s Drive to Survive nearing the end of the road?
Mercedes junior team: The drivers looking to emulate George Russell’s road to F1 glory

“From our perspective, it will complement what we do in this series. We don’t see it impacting this series in any way.”

The arrival of Cadillac to the Andretti bid has not only brought the backing of one of the biggest car companies in the world but also an added racing pedigree with Cadillac and General Motors having competed in motorsport for over 70 years.

Harvey said a spot on the F1 grid would be “another piece of the jigsaw puzzle” and would add to the heritage of both Cadillac and GM.

“We have a pedigree of motor racing. It’s well over 70 years since we entered motorsport and have been very successful in a number of series over the years. The U.S. is massively important to us and the IMSA series is very important to us.

“In addition, we’re looking to complement it with the commonization of the regulations so we can compete in the World Endurance Championship. We sell Cadillacs throughout the globe and that gives us greater coverage and greater reach in geographical locations where we also look to perform.

“And then being able to complement what we do here with the opportunity, should we be successful, of entering Formula 1. We see that as another piece of the jigsaw puzzle and very fitting to the Cadillac brand and the heritage of both Cadillac Racing and General Motors Racing.

“It’s a big commitment. We believe that the partnership that we discussed last week is wonderful and gives us the ability to perform. We believe that we have a blend of skillsets across the organisations that means we can use the expertise from both parties to put together a package that ensures that we’ll be competitive.”

The article How would a major F1 project impact Cadillac’ current sportscar programme? appeared first on Planetf1.com.