As far as publicity stunts go, it was an outstanding one. No doubt inspired by the many stories of “10/10ths driving” out there in the motoring press, Skip Barber decided to hold a media-only round of its MAZDASPEED Challenge, dubbing said race the “Skip Barber Media Challenge”. The purpose of this event would be to determine the fastest journalist in North America. Unfortunately, it didn’t really happen that way.
John Heinricy (Cadillac test driver)- Cadillac CTS-V: Top Lap: 2:46:560
Aaron Link (Cadillac development engineer)- Cadillac CTS-V: Top Lap: 2:48:902
Brian Redman- CTS-V: Top Lap: 2:49:596
Michael Cooper (Who is this guy?)- BMW M3: Top Lap: 2:50:424
Jack Baruth- Cadillac CTS-V (TTAC): Top Lap: 2:51:153
Lawrence Ulrich- CTS-V (New York Times): Top Lap: 2:53:157
Bob Lutz- Cadillac CTS-V (VP of Marketing, GM): Top Lap: 2:56:321
Michael Mainwald (carguydad.com)- BMW M5: Top Lap: 3:05:398
Wes Siler- Mitsubishi Evo X (Jalopnik): Top Lap: 3:08:126
Chris Fairman- CTS-V: Top Lap: 3:14:292
Archan Basu- Jaguar XF: Top Lap: 3:15:670
Tom Loder- Audi RS4: Top Lap: 3:15:702
It’s official: TTAC’s top driver has beaten Bob Lutz! Check back tomorrow for Jack’s on-the-ground take on the weirdness that was.