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Johnny O'Connell

Johnny O'Connell
O'Connell at Road America in 2014
Born (1962-07-24) July 24, 1962
Poughkeepsie, New York, U.S.
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
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 currently drives for Cadillac in the Pirelli World Challenge, winning the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 GT driver's championship.


  • Career 1
  • Motorsports career results 2
    • NASCAR 2.1
      • Nationwide Series 2.1.1
    • 24 Hours of Le Mans results 2.2
    • Indy Racing League results 2.3
  • References 3
  • External links 4


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 results


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

Nationwide Series

1 Ineligible for series points

24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
1994 Clayton Cunningham Racing Steve Millen
John Morton
Nissan 300ZX Turbo IMSA
317 5th 1st
1998 Panoz Motorsports
Éric Bernard
Christophe Tinseau
Panoz Esperante GTR-1 GT1 236 DNF DNF
1999 Panoz Motorsports Jan Magnussen
Max Angelelli
Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S
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

Indy Racing League results

() (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
9th 192
1996-1997 Treadway Racing Reynard 95i Ford XB V8t NHA
40th 23
Reynard 94i Ford XB V8t LVS
A.J. Foyt Enterprises G-Force GF01 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 INDY


  1. ^ Kallmann, Dave (May 30, 2013). "GM's Johnny O'Connell joins Road America NASCAR field".  

External links

  • Official website
  • Johnny O'Connell driver statistics at Racing-Reference
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ted Prappas
North American Formula Atlantic
Pacific Division Champion

Succeeded by
Dean Hall
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