Day: June 15, 2020

Graduates get diplomas from their cars at NASCAR tracks

CONCORD, N.C. — Tytianah Ward sat in the passenger seat of a parked SUV at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. She adjusted her bright green graduation cap as family members packed in the rows behind her beam with pride.

COVID-19 may have canceled the high school graduation she’d always pictured, but this version might be more memorable.

“Obviously, I thought I’d be walking across the stage but, I’m really glad for this experience,” she said.

Ward is one of thousands of graduates in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, who accepted their diplomas Friday inside their vehicles on the NASCAR track. Similar graduation events have taken place in recent days at Daytona (above) and the Texas Motor Speedway.

People in decorated cars, trucks and SUVs parked outside the track and watched graduation speeches on the big screen and listened over the radio.


2020 Cadillac CT4-V First Drive Review | What’s new, driving impressions, performance

With the launch of the 2020 Cadillac CT4, GM is pushing back into the smallest luxury sedan segment that in recent years has almost exclusively featured entries from Germany. We’re pleased to see it return, and importantly, that it definitely came back prepared.

The CT4’s key differentiator is its platform. Unlike the bulk of entry-level luxury sedans currently on the market, the Cadillac rides on a rear-wheel-drive platform. All-wheel drive is available throughout the lineup for those who need (or just want) four-season flexibility, but it’s meant to be a convenience feature rather than a performance upgrade — the same is not true of its front-wheel-drive competitors.

The CT4 ostensibly replaces the discontinued ATS, but reality is a bit murkier than that. Stop us if you’ve heard this before, but the Cadillac CT4 is not entirely size-appropriate