Johnny O'Connell (born July 24, 1962) is the most successful GM factory racing driver from the United States. He currently drives for Cadillac in the Pirelli World Challenge, winning the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 GT driver's championship.
|Born||July 24, 1962|
Poughkeepsie, New York, U.S.
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|1 race run over 1 year|
|Best finish||65th (2013)|
|First race||2013 Johnsonville Sausage 200 (Road America)|
|IndyCar Series career|
|4 races run over 2 years|
|Best finish||9th (1996)|
|First race||1996 Indy 200 (Orlando)|
|Last race||1996-97 Las Vegas 500K (Las Vegas)|
|Statistics current as of November 16, 2013.|
|24 Hours of Le Mans career|
|Years||1994, 1998–2010, 2016|
|Teams||Clayton Cunningham Racing, Panoz Motorsports, Corvette Racing, Team AAI|
|Best finish||5th (1994, 2000)|
|Class wins||4 (1994, 2001, 2002, 2009)|
Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, O'Connell started racing in the Formula Atlantic series in 1987, winning the Championship and Rookie of the Year. He also spent 1996 in the Indy Racing League, racing in the Indianapolis 500 and finishing in the top 10 in half of his 4 starts. He has seven class wins in the 12 Hours of Sebring, more than any other driver, and an overall title in 1994 when racing for Nissan. Driving for Corvette Racing, he has also won a number of class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Daytona. With his teammate Ron Fellows he won the 2003 GTS class driver's championship.
Motorsports career resultsEdit
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
|NASCAR Nationwide Series results|
1 Ineligible for series points
24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit
Indy Racing League resultsEdit
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)
|1996||Cunningham Racing||Lola T941
|75||Ford XB V8t||WDW
|1996–97||Treadway Racing||Reynard 95i||10||Ford XB V8t||NHA
|Reynard 94i||6||Ford XB V8t||LVS
|A.J. Foyt Enterprises||G-Force GF01||1||Oldsmobile Aurora V8||INDY
Indy 500 resultsEdit
The O'Connell family, principally of Derrynane, are a Gaelic Irish noble family of County Kerry in Munster. O'Connell comes from the Irish word "O'Conaill," meaning 'strong as a wolf'. Johnny O'Connell is related by blood to the Belanger Family, including Jackson Belanger.
- Kallmann, Dave (May 30, 2013). "GM's Johnny O'Connell joins Road America NASCAR field". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Milwaukee, WI. Retrieved 2013-06-23.
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