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Johnny O'Connell

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Johnny O'Connell
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O'Connell at Road America in 2014
Born (1962-07-24) July 24, 1962 (age 53)
Poughkeepsie, New York, U.S.
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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

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 results

NASCAR

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

NASCAR Nationwide Series results

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1994 23x15px Clayton Cunningham Racing 23x15px Steve Millen
23x15px John Morton
Nissan 300ZX Turbo IMSA
GTS
317 5th 1st
1998 23x15px Panoz Motorsports
23x15px DAMS
23x15px Éric Bernard
23x15px Christophe Tinseau
Panoz Esperante GTR-1 GT1 236 DNF DNF
1999 23x15px Panoz Motorsports 23x15px Jan Magnussen
23x15px Max Angelelli
Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S
Ford
LMP 323 11th 9th
2000 23x15px Panoz Motorsports Template:Country data JPN Hiroki Katoh
23x15px Pierre-Henri Raphanel
Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S-Élan LMP900 342 5th 5th
2001 23x15px Corvette Racing 23x15px Ron Fellows
23x15px Scott Pruett
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GTS 278 8th 1st
2002 23x15px Corvette Racing 23x15px Ron Fellows
23x15px Oliver Gavin
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GTS 335 11th 1st
2003 23x15px Corvette Racing 23x15px Ron Fellows
23x15px Franck Fréon
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GTS 326 12th 3rd
2004 23x15px Corvette Racing 23x15px Ron Fellows
23x15px Max Papis
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GTS 334 8th 2nd
2005 23x15px Corvette Racing 23x15px Ron Fellows
23x15px Max Papis
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 347 6th 2nd
2006 23x15px Corvette Racing 23x15px Ron Fellows
23x15px Max Papis
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 327 12th 7th
2007 23x15px Corvette Racing 23x15px Jan Magnussen
23x15px Ron Fellows
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 342 6th 2nd
2008 23x15px Corvette Racing 23x15px Jan Magnussen
23x15px Ron Fellows
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 344 14th 2nd
2009 23x15px Corvette Racing 23x15px Jan Magnussen
23x15px Antonio García
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 342 15th 1st
2010 23x15px Corvette Racing 23x15px Jan Magnussen
23x15px Antonio García
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT2 225 DNF DNF

Indy Racing League results

(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

References

  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. 

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Preceded by
Ted Prappas
North American Formula Atlantic
Pacific Division Champion

1987
Succeeded by
Dean Hall