Cadillac and CGR Unexpectedly Part Ways

In a surprising twist, Chip Ganassi Racing and Cadillac Racing will unexpectedly part ways after the conclusion of the current IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship seasons.

Since the dawn of the GTP/LMDh era, CGR has been fielding Cadillac entries in both IMSA and WEC. The collaboration between CGR and Cadillac commenced in 2021 as a lead-in to the new hybrid regulations. The Indianapolis-based outfit’s plans for its sportscar program next remain unclear, but the team asserts it will grace the grid in 2025 with a new partner.

When MC&T reached out to CGR for comment, we were informed that our PR contact at the company had left the previous week. Strangely, the team declined to provide further details and simply directed us to the article that originally broke the story.

“Chip Ganassi Racing has a fantastic history with General Motors,” CGR managing director Mike Hull told RACER. “Considering everything that we’ve done with them, there has been a lot of partnership definition to what we’ve accomplished. NASCAR, Extreme E, IndyCar, DPi, and LMDh have all been successful programs, and we’ve shared equally in learning from that success to improve together. We would never close the book on General Motors in terms of the future. We just know that this chapter is ending.”

Earlier this year, it was announced that CGR and GM were parting ways in Extreme E as well.

Founded initially as an open-wheel racing team, Chip Ganassi Racing expanded its reach into sports cars in 2004, tasting immediate success with Grand-Am’s Daytona Prototype formula, a forerunner to the DPi era. Over the years, the team has amassed numerous championships and victories, notably securing a debut win for the Ford GT at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on the 50th anniversary of the Blue Oval’s historic first victory at La Sarthe.

Speculation indicates CGR could reunite with Ford, taking over the Mustang GT3 program as the de facto factory team. Reports suggest that Ford could also express interest in prototype racing, but these are mere rumors at this point.

It’s been suggested the Ganassi contract with Cadillac actually expires at the end of the current season and there were never plans to renew the agreement. Rumors suggest that Action Express Racing, a team owned by NASCAR CEO Jim France, will step in to run a second Cadillac V-Series.R.

United Autosports and TF Sport—who already run a Corvette Z06 GT3.R in WEC—could step in to take over CGR’s European Cadillac next year.

Written by Michael Accardi

Michael refuses to sit still, he's held multiple hands-on automotive jobs throughout his career. Along with being an investigative writer and accomplished photographer, Michael works for several motorsports organizations.

He was part of the Ford GT program at Multimatic, oversaw a fleet of Audi TCR race cars, has ziptied Lamborghini Super Trofeo cars back together, been over the wall in the Rolex 24, and worked in the cut-throat world of IndyCar.

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