Johnny O’Connell and Michael Cooper Recognized at GM Night of Champions Celebration

GT Driver’s Champion Johnny O’Connell and GTS Driver’s Champion Michael Cooper were recognized at the GM Night of Champions Celebration in Detroit. Tony DiZinno with Sportscar365 attended the event and filed notes from the evening:

GM recognized Andy Pilgrim with a special honor for his 16 years of service with the company, with Corvette Racing from 1999 to 2003 and Cadillac Racing from 2004 to 2007, and 2011 to 2015. Over that time period, Pilgrim won 30 races, the 2005 World Challenge GT championship, and helped Cadillac secure four PWC manufacturer’s championships from 2011 to 2014. While Pilgrim won’t return to Cadillac Racing in 2016, he told Sportscar365 he is keen to continue in World Challenge with another team for another season. Given his career pedigree and his incredible character, he’d be an asset somewhere on the grid next season.

The second Cadillac Racing seat remains a hot topic as several drivers are rumored to be in consideration for the second ATS-V.R alongside four-time defending series champion Johnny O’Connell. But there were no hints dropped about who might be in the seat during Wednesday’s event. With the holidays upcoming, it’s unlikely this seat will be announced before the end of the calendar year.

Blackdog Speed Shop’s Tony Gaples and Ray Sorensen made their first trip to GM Heritage Center on Wednesday, to support GTS champion Michael Cooper.