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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.

Johnny O'Connell
Johnny OConnell Pirelli World Challenge at Road America June 2014.jpg
O'Connell at Road America in 2014
Born (1962-07-24) July 24, 1962 (age 57)
Poughkeepsie, New York, U.S.
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
1 race run over 1 year
2013 position65th
Best finish65th (2013)
First race2013 Johnsonville Sausage 200 (Road America)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
IndyCar Series career
4 races run over 2 years
Best finish9th (1996)
First race1996 Indy 200 (Orlando)
Last race1996-97 Las Vegas 500K (Las Vegas)
Wins Podiums Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of November 16, 2013.
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years1994, 19982010, 2016
TeamsClayton Cunningham Racing, Panoz Motorsports, Corvette Racing, Team AAI
Best finish5th (1994, 2000)
Class wins4 (1994, 2001, 2002, 2009)

CareerEdit

 
1990s IMSA car

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.

O'Connell was also featured in Chevy's 2007, Super Bowl ad, "Ain't We Got Love" also featuring Mary J. Blige, rapper T.I., Big & Rich, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

In 2013, O'Connell competed in the Johnsonville Sausage 200 at Road America in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports, driving the No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro;[1] he finished 12th in the event.

Motorsports career resultsEdit

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Nationwide SeriesEdit

NASCAR Nationwide Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NNSC Pts
2013 JR Motorsports 5 Chevy DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX RCH TAL DAR CLT DOV IOW MCH ROA
12
KEN DAY NHA CHI IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ATL RCH CHI KEN DOV KAN CLT TEX PHO HOM 65th 32

1 Ineligible for series points

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1994   Clayton Cunningham Racing   Steve Millen
  John Morton
Nissan 300ZX Turbo IMSA
GTS
317 5th 1st
1998   Panoz Motorsports
  DAMS
  Éric Bernard
  Christophe Tinseau
Panoz Esperante GTR-1 GT1 236 DNF DNF
1999   Panoz Motorsports   Jan Magnussen
  Max Angelelli
Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S
Ford
LMP 323 11th 9th
2000   Panoz Motorsports   Hiroki Katoh
  Pierre-Henri Raphanel
Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S-Élan LMP900 342 5th 5th
2001   Corvette Racing   Ron Fellows
  Scott Pruett
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GTS 278 8th 1st
2002   Corvette Racing   Ron Fellows
  Oliver Gavin
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GTS 335 11th 1st
2003   Corvette Racing   Ron Fellows
  Franck Fréon
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GTS 326 12th 3rd
2004   Corvette Racing   Ron Fellows
  Max Papis
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GTS 334 8th 2nd
2005   Corvette Racing   Ron Fellows
  Max Papis
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 347 6th 2nd
2006   Corvette Racing   Ron Fellows
  Max Papis
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 327 12th 7th
2007   Corvette Racing   Jan Magnussen
  Ron Fellows
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 342 6th 2nd
2008   Corvette Racing   Jan Magnussen
  Ron Fellows
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 344 14th 2nd
2009   Corvette Racing   Jan Magnussen
  Antonio García
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 342 15th 1st
2010   Corvette Racing   Jan Magnussen
  Antonio García
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT2 225 DNF DNF
2016   Team AAI   Oliver Bryant
  Mark Patterson
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R GTE
Am
306 39th 9th

Indy Racing League resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rank Points
1996 Byrd-Cunningham Racing Reynard 95i Ford XB V8t WDW
7
PHX
5
INDY
29
9th 192
1996–1997 Treadway Racing Reynard 95i Ford XB V8t NHA
Wth
40th 23
Reynard 94i Ford XB V8t LVS
12
WDW PHX
A.J. Foyt Enterprises G-Force GF01 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 INDY
DNQ
TXS PPIR CLT NHA LVS

Indy 500 resultsEdit

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1996 Reynard Ford-Cosworth 29th 29th Byrd-Cunningham Racing

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kallmann, Dave (May 30, 2013). "GM's Johnny O'Connell joins Road America NASCAR field". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Milwaukee, WI. Retrieved 2013-06-23.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ted Prappas
North American Formula Atlantic
Pacific Division Champion

1987
Succeeded by
Dean Hall