The last two weekends in Lime Rock and Toronto were revived additions for Pirelli World Challenge this season, but Mid-Ohio is well known to teams and drivers. The series has competed at the 13-turn, 2.258-mile flowing road course in Lexington every year since 2002, and there hasn’t been a single dominant force in any of GT, GTS or TC over the last several years. TCB is new to the circuit for 2013 but given the close competition it has produced thus far this year, there’s no clear favorite there, either.
Johnny O’Connell, of Flowery Branch, Ga., has been on a roll of late. The driver of the No. 3 Cadillac Racing Cadillac CTS-V.R scored his fourth win of 2013 in Toronto, from his sixth Motul pole position; both are tops in the GT class. He now leads the championship by 36 points and is on a hot streak of five consecutive podium finishes. O’Connell’s history at Mid-Ohio is also impressive; he secured his first Pirelli World Challenge win at the track in 2011 and has five career wins there.
Incidentally, his teammate at Cadillac Racing, Andy Pilgrim of Boca Raton, FL, is the only driver of the top six in the GT class points who hasn’t won a Pirelli World Challenge race at Mid-Ohio in the last three years. Pilgrim, driver of the No. 8 Cadillac Racing Cadillac CTS-V.R, has still been consistently solid in 2013 and enters the race third in points with three straight runner-up finishes. He hasn’t won yet this year but has finished on the podium in seven of the last eight races.
Additional support for Cadillac Racing comes in the form of Jordan Taylor, of Apopka, FL, back for an encore after a great Pirelli World Challenge debut at Mid-Ohio in 2012. Taylor, who will drive the No. 5 Cadillac Racing Cadillac CTS-V.R, finished second and fourth last year.
The Pirelli World Challenge heads to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by StopTech Brakes. The series returns to the historic road course squarely in the middle of Ohio, for a pivotal doubleheader weekend in the 2013 […]