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2009-2014 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, Thank You Cadillac Racing! in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2009-2014; What a great time we had at the Long Beach Grand Prix on Sunday! Cadillac Racing provided discounted tickets for ...
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    Thank You Cadillac Racing!

    What a great time we had at the Long Beach Grand Prix on Sunday! Cadillac Racing provided discounted tickets for great seats in the grandstand right at the hairpin. They invited us to their hospitality tent and fed us breakfast, lunch and snacks and drinks. We parked in the Cadillac Corral with dozens of our V's right next to the track and tent and gave us a tour of the Cadillac Racing garage.

    We met Andy Pilgrim, Johnny O'Connell and the Cadillac racing team management and we able to ask questions about the program.

    Most importantly, we had an opportunity to provide feedback to the Cadillac team in one-on-one conversations and they soaked up our information like sponges!

    Best of all, we watched the World Challenge V's take first and third in the race!

    Thanks to Jim Vurpillat and all on the Cadillac team for making us feel so welcome. Thanks also go to the D3 team for providing a great opportunity to see your shop and for more great food.

    Andy
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    Re: Thank You Cadillac Racing!

    It really was a fantastic day and experience. D3, Cadillac, everyone was great. The World Challenge Race was the highlight seeing the GT and GTS classes all mixing it up. The win for Caddy was sweet, and those cars were simply menacing to behold.

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    Re: Thank You Cadillac Racing!

    Wow that sounds like a great day. Did you get any pictures?

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    Re: Cadillacs & Coffee / D3 Open House April 15th, 2012
    Great showing of Cads this AM. Many thanks to James & the D3 crew and whoever else helped put the open house & gathering together at the D3 facility. Some very nice CTS-V's there. It was good to put some faces to the names and meeting some new peeps. Good to see everybody again. Many thanks again.

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    Re: Thank You Cadillac Racing!

    Was a very good time. I think James/D3 will post something up soon.

    I think it will be a record in terms of the number of Vs at one "meet."

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    Re: Thank You Cadillac Racing!

    D3 and Cadillac..thanks for a great day!! What a partnership! As always..everything was first class. Seeing the Cad Racing team in action was the highlight for me! Those GT cars were amazing! Note to self..bring ear plugs next time!

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    Re: Thank You Cadillac Racing!

    Quote Originally Posted by SRTVIPER03 View Post
    What a great time we had at the Long Beach Grand Prix on Sunday! Cadillac Racing provided discounted tickets for great seats in the grandstand right at the hairpin. They invited us to their hospitality tent and fed us breakfast, lunch and snacks and drinks. We parked in the Cadillac Corral with dozens of our V's right next to the track and tent and gave us a tour of the Cadillac Racing garage.

    We met Andy Pilgrim, Johnny O'Connell and the Cadillac racing team management and we able to ask questions about the program.

    Most importantly, we had an opportunity to provide feedback to the Cadillac team in one-on-one conversations and they soaked up our information like sponges!

    Best of all, we watched the World Challenge V's take first and third in the race!

    Thanks to Jim Vurpillat and all on the Cadillac team for making us feel so welcome. Thanks also go to the D3 team for providing a great opportunity to see your shop and for more great food.

    Andy
    Yeah the Cadillac Racing Team and the marketing team do an outstanding job at the races. I'm glad to see the west coast fans are as welcomed and well treated as we midwesterners. My XLR club has been going to the races at Mid-Ohio, Road America, and Road Atlanta for several years and the Racing team, drivers, and marketing managers know most of us by name. We actually followed Andy Pilgrim way back when he was driving for the Corvette team. I tend to run into Andy a few times a year at different events and he always recognizes me and takes the time to speak to me personally (what a great guy!). The marketing folks recognized me in the mass and confusion of the Chicago Auto Show and kidnapped me from my group to introduce me to several Cadillac Execs.

    At Mid-Ohio we've had an XLR Corral for years and last year Cadillac sponsored a Cadillac Corral for the first time.


    We did the garage briefing and Q&A, and our group photographer was invited into the pits to take action pics. We had 8 cars, they had over 60 (mostly "V" series).


    We expect there to be close to 100 this year and more than that at the Detroit Grand Prix. The Detroit Cadillac Corral tickets just went on sale so I called the folks in Detroit this morning and they said the Corral will probably sell out by the end of the week - 150 slots allocated.

    One of the things I appreciated at Road Atlanta was the TV coverage in the hospitality suite. Four TVs were set up, each focused on a different part of the track and the main projection screen showed the live broadcast. We were able to sit together for lunch and supper, watch the different events going on at the track in relative comfort until race time (My gal really didn't want to walk the track with me to my favorite vantage point overlooking turn 6 until race time - it was only 96* no shade and no clouds out)
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    Re: Thank You Cadillac Racing!

    Quote Originally Posted by SRTVIPER03 View Post
    What a great time we had at the Long Beach Grand Prix on Sunday! Cadillac Racing provided discounted tickets for great seats in the grandstand right at the hairpin. They invited us to their hospitality tent and fed us breakfast, lunch and snacks and drinks. We parked in the Cadillac Corral with dozens of our V's right next to the track and tent and gave us a tour of the Cadillac Racing garage.

    We met Andy Pilgrim, Johnny O'Connell and the Cadillac racing team management and we able to ask questions about the program.

    Most importantly, we had an opportunity to provide feedback to the Cadillac team in one-on-one conversations and they soaked up our information like sponges!

    Best of all, we watched the World Challenge V's take first and third in the race!

    Thanks to Jim Vurpillat and all on the Cadillac team for making us feel so welcome. Thanks also go to the D3 team for providing a great opportunity to see your shop and for more great food.

    Andy
    I don't want to see you complaining for a while now...

    hehe

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    Re: Thank You Cadillac Racing!

    Was a very good time. I think James/D3 will post something up soon.

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    Re: Thank You Cadillac Racing!

    I got an invitation from Cadillac to the SCCA race in St. Petersburg, FL, last month, but couldn't go. I think the cost was $100 for several days of VIP treatment (parking corral, race tickets, meet race drivers, food, drinks, etc.). If I ever get another invitation for a Florida event, I'm going, come Hell or high water! I would really like to talk to Pilgrim and O'Connell and meet some of the GM people.

    Jud
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