We knew there would be plenty of contenders to taken on Maximum Bob’s CTS-V challenge. You know, the one where he calls to a duel any journalist who thinks they can take on the CTS-V. According to Cadillac spokesperson Nick Twork, it looks like we were right!
In total, about 120 applications were received to take on Maximum Bob in the CTS-V later this month at the Monticello Motor Club in New York. But only some of these applicants will actually be getting the allotted five laps around the track. Twork told InsideLine that his team is currently going through the entrants and eliminating some of them based on the rules (an unmodified sedan similar in capabilities to the CTS-V). And while “about three-quarters of them were in the spirit of the contest… there were some like, ‘I’ve got a Porsche GT3 RS blah, blah, blah.’” We should see between five and ten participants in total attend the challenge.
Oh, and just in case you were wondering about who will actually be driving GM’s CTS-V – John Heinricy, pro racer and former GM engineer, will be on hand to, “be used at the discretion of Mr. Lutz.” So if you’re a professional racer, you should know you won’t be getting bored while competing with someone of a similar skill set.
GM should have gone through all applicants and picked the participants in a few days. So if you’re one of the lucky few who will be racing against Lutz (or – most likely – Heinricy), expect a yes or a no soon!
Let us know if you applied and whether you were approved or denied in the comments!
Here are the official rules of the challenge:
- Challenge will take place on October 29, 2009 at 10:00 AM EST at the Monticello Motor Club in New York
- Challengers are responsible for all costs and expenses associated with their participation at the event, including but not limited to transportation to and from the event, lodging and all meals.
- Professional Challenge participants, if any, shall compete against a GM professional driver or appointed designee.
- Challenge Participants will get 5 laps to post best lap time
- Challenge Vehicles will not be raced simultaneously
- Challenge Vehicle must be a production sedan, within the Cadillac CTS-V competitive set and not have any aftermarket modifications.
- The Challenge is a dangerous activity. Challenge participants must sign a waiver of liability and a release prior to participation. If you do not sign the waiver and release, you will not be permitted to participate.