Cadillac unveils paint schemes for V-LMDh prototype cars in Rolex 24 at Daytona debut


Cadillac unveiled the paint schemes for the trio of V-LMDh cars that will make their the 61st Rolex 24 at Daytona debut in the new premier prototype class.

Each of Cadillac’s liveries in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener will represent a different primary color from the manufacturer’s V-Series emblem.

The No. 01 of Chip Ganassi Racing is gold, the No. 02 of Ganassi (which also will be running full time in the FIA World Endurance Championship as the No. 2) is blue, and the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Action Express car is red.

“Cadillac is ready to compete against the very best in North America and internationally, including one of the world’s toughest races, the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” global vice president of Cadillac Rory Harvey said in a release. “As Cadillac builds toward an all-electric future, the all-new V-LMDh furthers our dedication to exploring new advanced performance technologies.”

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The Cadillac V-LMDh design was co-developed by Cadillac Racing, Cadillac Design and Dallara through the Project GTP Hypercar.

“From an aesthetic point of view, the LMDh regulations allowed us to create a vision for the car that is clearly Cadillac,” Chris Mikalauskas, lead exterior creative designer for Cadillac, said in a release. “And that’s really exciting for fans and for people who are true enthusiasts, every car is unique.”

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Sebastien Bourdais and Renger van der Zande will share Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 01 Cadillac in IMSA’s new Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) category for the 2023 season. They will be joined at Daytona by six-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon (who also has four victories in the Rolex 24).

The No. 31 Action Express Cadillac will be driven full time in IMSA by Pipo Derani and Alexander Sims, and the pair will be joined at endurance races by Jack Aitken.

After competing in the No. 02 at Daytona for Chip Ganassi Racing, the No. 2 will be driven by Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn and Richard Westbrook in the FIA World Endurance Championship Series (including the 24 Hours of Le Mans).

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Cadillac’s international racing presence eventually could grow beyond sports cars. In joining Michael Andretti’s Formula One ownership bid last week, General Motors announced intentions to race Cadillac in F1 if granted the opportunity.

During an IMSA news conference Wednesday with other GTP manufacturer execs, Harvey was asked whether the F1 project with Andretti would have an impact on Cadillac’s LMDh program.

“We’re super excited about that opportunity as well,” Harvey said. “The process is in the very early stages; we’re looking to submit an Expression of Interest (to the FIA, the governing body of F1). From our perspective, it will complement what we do in this series. We don’t see it impacting this series in any way.”

The 61st Rolex 24 at Daytona will take place Jan. 28-29 across NBC, USA Network and Peacock (which will carry flag-to-flag streaming of the event). Click here for how to watch the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 2023 IMSA season.

Courtesy of Cadillac Racing, here’s another look at each Cadillac livery for 2023:

Beta Motorcycles joins SuperMotocross in 2024, Benny Bloss named first factory rider

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Benny Bloss will race for the factory Beta Motorcycles team in 2024 as that manufacturer joins SuperMotocross as the ninth brand to compete in the series. Beta Motorcycles will make their debut in the Monster Energy Supercross opener at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California in January.

Benny Bloss finished among the top 10 twice in Pro Motocross, in 2016 and 2018. – Beta Motorcycles

“The wait is over and we can finally share everything we have been working towards,” said Carlen Gardner, Race Team Manager in a press release. “It has been a great experience being a part of this development and seeing the progression. The only missing part was finding a rider that would mesh well with our Beta Family.

“After a one phone call with Benny, we knew it would be a good fit for him, and for us. We are happy to have him on board for the next two years and can’t wait to see everyone at Anaheim in January.”

Bloss debuted in the 450 class in 2015 with a 15th-place finish overall at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Bloss has a pair of top-10 rankings in the division with a sixth-place finish in the Pro Motocross Championship in 2016 and a seventh in 2018. His best Supercross season ended 15th in the standings in 2018.

“I’m extremely excited to join the Beta Factory Racing team,” Bloss said. “It’s cool to see a brand with such a rich history in off-road racing to come into the US Supercross and Motocross space. I know this team will be capable of great things as we build and go racing in 2024.”

Bloss is currently 22nd in the SuperMotocross rankings and has not raced in the first two rounds of the Motocross season.

Testing for Beta Motorcycles is scheduled to begin in August and the team expects to announce a second rider at that time.

The family-owned brand adds to the international flare of the sport. The company was founded in Florence, Italy in 1905 as Società Giuseppe Bianchi as they built handmade bicycles, The transition to motorcycle production in the late 1940s.

Beta Motorcycles competed and won in motocross competition in the late 1970s and early 1980s with Jim Pomeroy and other riders.

Beta will join Triumph Motorcycles as a second historic brand to join the sport in 2024. First established in 1902, Triumph has won in nearly every division they have competed in, dating back to their first victory in the 1908 Isle of Man TT. Triumph will debut in the 250 class in 2024 and plans to expand into 450s in 2025.