- The Washington Times - Friday, April 25, 2008

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

When most people think about racing sports cars the image that most often comes to mind is that of a Ferrari, Porsche, Corvette or other powerful machine thundering around the curves. If you were to visit a track on a typical weekend you would see those cars, of course, but you will also see scores of Mazda MX-5 Miata’s, Honda S2000’s or any number of Subaru WRX or Mitsubishi EVO cars battling it out for first place.

What very few would expect to see would be a Cadillac. Yes, a Cadillac, and to be more specific, more than 40 Cadillac CTS-V models. If you want to see these machines race you’ll have the chance to do so on May 9th at Summit Point Race Track in nearby West Virginia.

This is not quite as surprising as you might think. The CTS-V has, for a number of years, been called the “four-door Corvette ZO6” by aficionados of the brand. The cars have all the luxury and elegance expected of a Cadillac but add big, 400-horsepower LS6 V8 engines and 6-speed manual transmissions to sophisticated suspensions. Brembo disc brakes and 45-series tires round off the package to create performance sedans on a par with BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi. It was just a matter of time before somebody decided to race a CTS-V.

That brings us to Luke Butler, the parts guru at Lindsay Cadillac in Alexandria. He told us that he’s been selling GM Performance and aftermarket parts to CTS-V owners for quite a while. “No day goes by without shipping some special part to an owner,” says Mr. Butler. “One customer has pumped his horsepower up into the 800’s and lots of owners now talk about power increases to the high 400’s, and yet these cars are used every day for general transportation.”

Mr. Butler has found himself to be a sort of “middle man” to the CTS-V enthusiasts, some of whom race their cars regularly. Many others contacted him through www.cadillacforum. com, looking for someone to organize a race day in this region. Mr. Butler decided to put such an event together after talking with service manager and CTS-V owner James Pollack.

It was quickly realized that the logistics required would have to be handled by an organization more familiar with the details, so MPV Track Time was engaged to set things up. Instructors, caterers, technical/safety inspections, insurance and all other myriad details were arranged by MPV and coordinated by Mr. Butler.

The result of all this effort is the first CTS-V track day on record. CTS-V owners are coming from as far as the Florida Keys to take part in this unique event. All the on-track slots are filled, but other owners and enthusiasts are encouraged to come out to Summit Point on May 9th. The event starts at 7 a.m. Instructors will take novice drivers out for training and orientation and “hot laps,” after which experienced drivers will be turned loose on the circuit. GM’s Cadillac Division will have a prototype 2009 CTS-V on hand.

Cadillac CTS-V owners are very proud of their cars and their capabilities. This is an opportunity to show just what they can do.

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