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Cadillac releases first images of the 2011 CTSV Coupe race car

General Motors announced in mid-December that Cadillac would be returning to racing with a pair of teams competing in the SCCA Challenge GT class in Pratt & Miller-prepped CTS-V Coupe race cars and today, GM rolled out a spread of pictures showing off the sexy Caddy race cars.

As you can see in the image to the left and in the gallery at the bottom of the article, the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe race car looks very similar to the drawings that we were shown when the program was announced in December (click here for more on the original announcement, including images). The new CTS-V Coupe racer was designed and engineered by Pratt & Miller of New Hudson, Michigan – the same group responsible for the well known and very successful Corvette C5R and C6R race programs.

The 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe race car will make its formal debut next Monday at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show at Cobo Hall and the two teams will hit the track for the first time in March when the 2011 Sports Car Club of America World Challenge GT racing series opens in St. Petersburg, Florida. The two new Cadillac race teams will be piloted by three-time America Le Mans Series GT1 champion Johnny O’Connell and 2005 SCCA World Challenge GT class champion Andy Pilgrim (Pilgrim won the championship in 2005 behind the wheel of a Cadillac in 2005).

Check out the gallery below for a look at the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe race car and stay tuned to for complete coverage of the 2011 Detroit Auto Show starting next week!