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When this author was 15 years old, he was busy not being very good at cross country and too nervous to ask a cheerleader to homecoming. It's safe to say that 15-year-old Aurora Straus's teenage years have been far more exciting, as she's already spent time racing a Porsche Boxster and that opium for the gearhead known as Spec Miata.


There are plenty of important rules when it comes to attending a track day, but one of the most easily overlooked and simultaneously important is, "Thou shalt not speed to or from the facility." Aside from all of that moralistic stuff about putting the public in danger, exceeding the posted limit also does a number on the reputation of whatever track you're headed to. After all, it's a rare community that actually the embraces the sound of engines revving and tires squealing at 7:00 a.m. on the


Cadillac CTS-V is the new smoke monster – Click above to watch video after the jump


We now know who will be drawing up the Austin, Texas Formula One circuit. According to ESPN F1, the man behind the grand prix track will be none other than Hermann Tilke – the sport's favorite designer. His engineering firm has been behind over 10 tracks since 1998 and is currently working on at least four others, including the new facility here in the good ol' US of A.


Formula One impresario Bernie Eccelstone wants to bring his series back to the United States, but he's apparently not keen on returning to Indy, site of the U.S. Grand Prix from 2000-2007. Instead, he hopes to stage the race in a big media market like New York City. While the idea of an F1 street course in Manhattan has surfaced repeatedly over the years, anyone familiar with the city will tell you the concept is clearly idiotic.


Michael Cooper and his Cadillac CTS-V-challenging BMW M3 - click above for high-res image gallery


2009 Cadillac CTS-V - Click above for high-res image gallery


Bob Lutz prepares for V-Series Challenge - Click above to watch video after the jump


Click above to view lap video of Monticello Motor Club

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