Renger van der Zande is teamed with Sebastien Bourdais in the IMSA WeatherTech Series racing a Cadillac GTP car for Chip Ganassi Racing. We caught up with him for this interview during a cold and rainy press day for the 2023 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Besides being a multiple winner at the Rolex 24hrs of Daytona, Renger has successfully competed in multiple classes around the world. In this interview, Renger talks about the differences to the new (for this year) hybrid powered Cadillac compared to last year, gives props to his teammate in regards to their race at Long Beach last year and talks about his thoughts on what the strengths of his race car is and how he wants to get back to the winner’s circle. A true gentleman and supremely talented race car driver; it didn’t take too much longer before he found himself in Victory Lane at Laguna Seca Raceway in May. Enjoy!
NOTE: Renger will be racing in the season finale this weekend (Oct. 11-14, 2023) at the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.
By Larry Mason
Copyright © 2023 Larry Mason
Renger van der Zande is the consummate professional driver who’s comfortable behind the wheel of just about any kind of race car.
In addition to his driving duties with Cadillac stateside with Chip Ganassi Racing, Renger also competed at the prestigious 24 hours of LeMans this year.
Streaking across the harsh concrete of Sebring International Raceway during the 12 hour race in March, Renger’s GTP Cadillac features advanced aerodynamics and hybrid engine technology.
Deep into the 12 hours of Sebring endurance race, you can see the tire marks that have pelted the nose of Renger’s Cadillac in addition to carbon brake dust behind the front wheels and a broken dive plane on the right front of his car.
All the hard work and preparation pay off for Sebastien Bourdais (L), Renger van der Zande (R) and the Cadillac Chip Ganassi crew in Victory Lane at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
Interview Copyright © by Larry Mason
All photos courtesy of Cadillac