Just got back from running my 2009 CTS-V automatic at the Texas Mile in Goliad, Texas. There were around 200 entries. Only got to run my car three times as had to get back home due to an emergency. The Texas Mile is a one mile run from a standing start to the end of the mile. My car is an automatic. I had posted earlier the power adders changes to my vehicle. Here is how it went. The first run I decided to just leave it it automatic and let in shift itself so I could focus on driving and stopping ( had a 1/2 mile shut off). My first run resulted in a MHP of 172.2. I felt pretty good about that and decided that I would use my paddle shift in manual mode on the second run. Things did not go well. I got excited and shifted early to second, then "nailed it" to get going and smoked the tires plus the "rev. limiter" shut the engine down for a few seconds, but I did manage to go through the lights in 5th gear. My efforts resultes in a decrease of 3 MPH. Bummer. My third and final run yesterday was a second attept to utilize the "paddle shift" as I wanted to try to keep it in 5th gear. Leaving it in automatic mode allowed it to shift into 6th gear. I gave mysely a good talking to about remaining calm as I left the start line. It went well, and shifted close to the correct RPM through each gear and left it in 5th as I went through the mile marker. My third run resulted in a 171.2 run. What a thrill. I think if I can learn to launch it correctly I can easily do 175. Videos will be coming later, just haven't had time to get it all together. People were amazed that this car is a daily family driver.