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Cadillac plans a return to racing with the CTS-V Coupe

Cadillac announced it will return to racing in 2011 with a race-ready version of its CTS-V Coupe.

The CTS-V line, which also includes the CTS-V Sedan and CTS-V Wagon, was recently named in Car and Driver magazine's 10 Best list for 2011. General Motors

Cadillac is known for its racy television commercials, but now, once again, it'll be known for racing.

Executives from General Motors today announced that a race-ready 2011 CTS-V Coupe will compete in the Sports Car Club of America World Challenge.

The CTS-V, which is being designed by engineers from GM and Pratt & Miller, in New Hudson, Mich., will debut at the SCCA race to be held March 25 to 27 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Cadillac hasn't raced competitively since 2007.

Johnny O'Connell, a three-time GT1 champion in the America Le Mans Series, and Andy Pilgrim, who won the 2005 SCCA World Challenge GT class in a Cadillac, will be behind the wheel of the CTS-V race cars.

"Returning to racing in the SCCA World Challenge is a great way to demonstrate the performance and capability of the CTS-V Coupe," said Don Butler, vice president for Cadillac marketing. "The race cars in this series are production-based, which allows us to validate our performance against the best of our competitors on the track, and not just the showroom."