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Lexington, Ohio, Cadillac V-Performance drivers Michael Cooper (Syosset, N.Y.) and Johnny O’Connell (Flowery Branch, Ga.) raced to second and third place finishes respectively in today’s running of the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio.
At the drop of the green on the long Mid-Ohio back straight Cooper in the Vector Blue No. 8 Cadillac ATS-V.R Coupe slotted in behind the pole sitting and eventual winning McLaren of Alvaro Parente. Closely behind Cooper was his teammate O’Connell in the Velocity Red No. 3 Cadillac ATS-V.R Coupe. The race was uneventful until a caution flew with just 18-minutes remaining. On the restart a lapped car was between Cooper and leader Parente, which allowed the McLaren driver to seal the win and the Cadillac racing duo had to settle for second and third on the day.
“I don’t know if we ran too many qualifying laps and hurt the rear tires, but the car was a handful,” Cooper said. “I was hanging on out there, the car was loose on the rear tires. Johnny may have been a little faster, but I appreciate him running me clean and not making a move. We are going to stay up late tonight and make some adjustments for tomorrow. The Cadillac Racing guys will figure it out. I am happy with second today.”
“We had a really good Cadillac today,” O’Connell said. “I might have been able to play with the McLaren a little, but it wasn’t worth taking a risk on getting by Michael and risking both cars. I am pleased with third and Michael taking second. I will be ready and if the car is as good tomorrow as it was today I can move up.”
The Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio race two will take the green flag at 12 p.m. ET tomorrow and will be televised on CBS Sports the same day at 2 p.m. ET.
Article by Kyle Chura
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