TodayOctober 25, 2021

A race track, a pearl necklace and a 2013 Cadillac ATS

Lou Ann Hammond, the CEO,, took a couple of spins around the Atlanta Motorsports Park, a private racing club north of Atlanta, GA, with Dave Michaels, Cadillac’s vehicle performance engineer.

Georgia is hot and humid this time of year. The flowery summer dress and pearl necklace were more about convenience and comfort than racing. Michaels explained that because the ATS has performance systems such as magnetic ride (MR) the car will be less bumpy, more forgiving.

Hammond and Michaels chat back and forth about the technology and attributes of the 2013 Cadillac ATS as Michaels gives Hammond a ride that had her wringing her hands and clutching her pearl necklace.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.