Mulsanne's Corner NEWS isn't meant to be THE source for up to date news items. Instead what we are doing is providing an archive for information collected through out the Net related to new car developments. Occasionally we do post first hand gathered items, but most of the time it is news from secondary sources such as Daily Sportscar.com or Autosport (they are much better at it than we are!). We will provide all sources for any news item shown here.
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>>Best described as pure rumor for now, according to Autosport, Cadillac may be reconsidering their extraordinarily hasty/rash decision to cancel their LMP program. Perhaps they underestimated the bad publicity they would get from such a poor decision? Clearly the LMP program was only about publicity if you believe their reasoning to cancel the program in the first place ("We accomplished all we set out to do"). Autosport continues on to say that any potential Cadillac LMP program would more than likely be ALMS only with no Le Mans '03. Watch this space.
>>Word has come out that the Cadillac LMP program will not be renewed for next season, that Stroud's group, 3GR, is closed, and that GM's flirtation with sportscar racing is over. No official announcement has been made, but Speedtv.com has run an article detailing the imminent decision. A surprised Wayne Taylor is quoted by Autosport as saying, "To stop now doesn't make sense". The LMP02 has been on the verge of competitiveness. With Audi expected to step away from factory-supported competition next year, Cadillac would have been the next logical successor. How is it that now GM decides that enough is enough? Cadillac's LMP program should simply be considered pure corporate waste. To not see the LMP02 out, to not realize its full potential, at this point in time, is absolute pure waste. And the history books should make that point clear above any other. Whatever GM thinks it has achieved has been wiped clean in one fell swoop. Way to achieve GM!