Johnny O'Connell

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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 52)
Poughkeepsie, New York, U.S.
Awards

current - drives the No. 3 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe in the Pirelli World Challenge GT class - color commentator for ABC, ESPN, FOX, NBC Sports and SPEED

career highlights - most wins by any General Motors sports-car driver - most wins and most podiums by an American driver in the 24 Hours of Le Mans - most wins and podiums in the history of 12 Hours of Sebring - 3 American Le Mans Series championships and 3 World Challenge championships - inducted into the Sebring Hall of Fame (2012) and the Corvette Museum Hall of Fame (2013) - overall winner of the Rolex 24 At Daytona (2001)

- factory driver for Nissan (1991-1995), Panoz (1997-2000) and GM (2001-present)

career summary 1984-85: Jim Russell School champion 1987: Formula Atlantic West champion and Rookie of the Year (five wins) 1988: Formula Atlantic West (one win) 1989: American Racing Series (one win) 1991-1993: Two wins in IMSA GTO 1993: GTS class winner in 12 Hours of Sebring 1994: Two wins in IMSA GTS, overall win in 12 Hours of Sebring 1995: GT1 class winner in 12 Hours of Sebring 1996: Indy Racing League 1997-98: One win in PSCR World Sports Car Championship 1999-2000: One win in American Le Mans Series 2001: Overall winner in Rolex 24 At Daytona, five American Le Mans Series wins 2002: Seven American Le Mans Series wins 2003: American Le Mans Series GTS co-champion, three wins 2004: American Le Mans Series GTS co-champion, five wins 2005: Second in American Le Mans Series GT1, three wins, first ALMS pole 2006: Fourth in American Le Mans Series GT1, one win, one pole 2007: Second in American Le Mans Series GT1, three wins; second in GT1 at 24 Hours of Le Mans 2008: American Le Mans Series GT1 co-champion, eight victories (including Sebring 12-hour and 1,000-mile Petit Le Mans endurance races) and three poles; second in GT1 class at 24 Hours of Le Mans 2009: Won class in Sebring 12-hour race for record eighth time; won GT1 in 24 Hours of Le Mans, the first American driver to score four Le Mans victories; finished second at Mid-Ohio in competition debut for GT2 Corvette C6.R; scored first victory for Corvette Racing in GT2 at Mosport in his record 100th career ALMS start 2011: Second in World Challenge GT championship, two wins 2012: Won World Challenge GT championship, three wins 2013 Won World Challenge GT championship, five wins 2014 Won World Challenge Championship, 3 wins

American Le Mans Series Career Record

Year Starts Wins Fast Qualifier Notes 1999 7 1 0 Panoz LMP1 2000 11 0 0 Panoz LMP1 2001 7 5 0 First season with Corvette Racing, won Daytona and Le Mans 24-hour races 2002 10 7 0 2003 9 3 0 ALMS GTS co-champion (with Fellows) 2004 9 5 0 ALM S GTS co-champion (with Fellows) 2005 10 3 1 Second in GT1 championship 2006 10 1 1 Fourth in GT1 championship 2007 11 3 0 Second in GT1 championship 2008 11 8 3 ALMS GT1 co-champion (with Magnussen) 2009 7 2 0 ALMS records for career starts (102) and podiums (80) 2010 9 0 0 two GT podiums

24 Hours of Le Mans Record Year Finish Class Car Co-drivers 1994 1st GTS Nissan 300ZX Morton, Miller 1998 Rtd GT1 Panoz Bernard, Tinseau 1999 11th LMP900 Panoz Magnussen, Angelelli 2000 5th LMP900 Panoz Kato, Raphanel 2001 1st GTS Corvette C5-R Fellows, Pruett 2002 1st GTS Corvette C5-R Fellows, Gavin 2003 3rd GTS Corvette C5-R Fellows, Freon 2004 2nd GTS Corvette C5-R Fellows, Papis 2005 2nd GT1 Corvette C6.R Fellows, Papis 2006 7th GT1 Corvette C6.R Fellows, Papis 2007 2nd GT1 Corvette C6.R Fellows, Magnussen 2008 2nd GT1 Corvette C6.R Fellows, Magnussen 2009 1st GT1 Corvette C6.R Magnussen, Garcia 2010 Rtd GT1 Corvette C6.ZR1 Magnussen, Garcia

sources http://www.corvetteracing.com/drivers/johnnyoconnell/johnnyoconnell.shtml http://www.cadillac.com/v-series/racing/driver-car.html

http://www.world-challenge.com/index.php?option=com_drivers&view=driver&id=2&Itemid=162

http://www.bondurant.com/pit-row/news/bondurant-school-goes-global-johnny-oconnell

http://www.johnnyoconnell.com/


sources http://www.corvetteracing.com/drivers/johnnyoconnell/johnnyoconnell.shtml http://www.cadillac.com/v-series/racing/driver-car.html

http://www.world-challenge.com/index.php?option=com_drivers&view=driver&id=2&Itemid=162

http://www.bondurant.com/pit-row/news/bondurant-school-goes-global-johnny-oconnell

http://www.johnnyoconnell.com/
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
1 race run over 1 year
2013 position 65th
Best finish 65th (2013)
First race 2013 Johnsonville Sausage 200 (Road America)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Nationality American
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)
Wins Podiums Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of November 16, 2013.
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1994, 19982010
Teams Clayton Cunningham Racing, Panoz Motorsports, Corvette Racing
Best finish 5th (1994, 2000)
Class wins 4 (1994, 2001, 2002, 2009)

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.

Career[edit]

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.

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

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

NASCAR Nationwide Series results[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

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

Indy Racing League results[edit]

(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

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

1987
Succeeded by
Dean Hall