JR Hildebrand describing a recent
automotive experience. He must be
talking about the ’ 66 Chevelle that
Panther CEO John Barnes presented him
for his second-place finish at the 2011
Indianapolis 500. Or maybe a Corvette.
No, it’s a Cadillac. A CTS-V coupe with
556hp from a supercharged, 6.2-liter V8
wrapped in a wedge-shaped luxurious
package. And Hildebrand loves it.
“It’s the first new car that I’ve thought,
after driving it for a couple of days, if I had
the money I’d buy this car,” he says. “It’s
everything that a modern-day muscle car
should be – but it’s much nicer.”
Hildebrand drove from Southern
California to his old stomping grounds
near San Francisco and the IZOD IndyCar
Series race at Sonoma. On the route, he
experienced the Interstate-devouring
capabilities and backroads-carving
proclivities of Caddy’s performance flagship.