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Johnny O'Connell (born July 24, 1962), is the most successful GM factory racing driver from the United States. He is currently acting as a commentator for ESPN broadcasts of American Le Mans Series races and racing for Cadillac in the Pirelli World Challenge Series, winning the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Pirelli World Challenge — GT Driver's Championship and Manufacturers Championship with Andy Pilgrim.
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 results
(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings. * – Most laps led.)
NASCAR Nationwide Series results
|NASCAR Nationwide Series results|
* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points
24 Hours of Le Mans results
Indy Racing League results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)
|1996||Byrd-Cunningham Racing||Reynard 95i||Ford XB V8t||WDW
|1996-1997||Treadway Racing||Reynard 95i||Ford XB V8t||NHA
|Reynard 94i||Ford XB V8t||LVS
|A.J. Foyt Enterprises||G-Force GF01||Oldsmobile Aurora V8||INDY
- 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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