Last Wednesday, on March 7, 2013, some of the world's best golf players visited Homestead-Miami Speedway to participate in the second annual Cadillac V-Series Challenge for Charity. The tournament players were in town for the World Golf Championship-Cadillac Championship at the prestigious Trump Doral. The three-part competitive challenge allowed both media and the players to battle it out on the pavement to benefit two local charities: The First Tee Miami and Driving For a Cause.
Upon arrival, each participant was randomly assigned to one of the two charities, and earned points as they completed the separate challenges. All the challenges were full of excitement, and included a slalom autocross course, a quarter mile straight line drag race, and a chance to take the wheel at over 100 + mph on the track.
Through the slalom autocross, a championship cup was fixed to the hood of the newly introduced Cadillac ATS 3.6 V6 sport sedan, and challenged each driver to retain a tennis ball in the cup, while pushing the ATS to its limits between cones and sharp turns, all while being timed. Next, was the full throttle experience to participate in a lead-follow chase around the entire Homestead-Miami track course while pushing full speeds of the high performance oriented, 556 horsepower CTS-V Coupe. The final challenge allowed both media and golf champions to combat each other on a traditional drag strip run with two CTS-V coupes going head to head from a stop to about 65 mph, and then stopping again to 0 mph.
During the track experience and the straight-line drag race, Cadillac installed cameras, microphones, and a USB recording device that permitted each participant a chance to have a video documentation of their performance throughout the day. The video included a camera view mounted from the A-pillar passenger side of the coupe, a track map with current position standing, a speedometer display, and a gyroscope map. All videos were then recorded on a Cadillac branded 4 GB USB storage device, which was personalized for each driver throughout the challenge.
Many of the championship players also had the opportunity to take a ride with professional driver Andy Pilgrim on the track in the Cadillac CTS-V racecar for an exhilarating hot lap experience that surpassed speeds of 150 mph. The day offered some of Miami’s best spring weather, full of high adrenaline rushed fever, benefiting two of the most recognized local charities for a good cause.
Media participant Sam Dangremond of Town & Country magazine recorded the best score of the day and earned a $12,000 donation for First Tee Miami. While South African golf champion Louis Oosthuizen, was close behind in second and received $8,000 for the Driving for a Cause Foundation. Since its inception, the Cadillac Challenge has managed to raise more than $9 million for charity.
For more information on the new Cadillac ATS sport sedan, or the high performance CTS-V coupe, please visit Cadillac.com.