Dario Francitti wins his 3rd Indy 500

HOT WIRE— Dario Franchitti slipped the wreath over his head and took a healthy sip of cool milk in Victory Circle at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. First, however, he donned a pair of white cardboard sunglasses—a tribute to longtime friend and fellow Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon. “Now my face on the Borg-Warner Trophy will be on either side of Dan’s,” Franchitti said of the 2011 race winner who died in a racing accident. Franchitti became the 10th driver with three or more 500 wins, holding off charges from Scott Dixon, Takuma Sato and Tony Kanaan over the final five laps.

LA Car’s Brian Kennedy at Vroman’s

EVENT—We know him as LA Car Editor-at-Large Brian Kennedy, writer of reviews on autos, autobooks and motorsports. But the life of Brian extends to being a bestselling author of hockey books. On Thursday February 9, 2012, he read from his new book, My Country Is Hockey, at Vroman’s bookstore in Pasadena.

Beverly Hills has a McLaren store

LA CAR REPORT—If our staff were to make a list of all the cool cars we’d like to own, on every list would be a McLaren. Thus, fate played a part when LA Car was summoned (well, invited actually, but summoned sounds more important) to the grand opening of McLaren Beverly Hills. Reed Berry and John Grafman were there when the Big Mac invaded Beverly Hills.

at the Petersen Museum

EVENT— For many, the greatest luxury of all is time. While those fortunate to have the wealth and means to indulge in the very best of what life has to offer, often there aren’t enough hours in the day. Enter the Luxury Review. Hosted at the fabulous Petersen Automotive Museum, this event brings together all of the very best luxury brands under one roof for one fantastic evening.

The Progressive Motorcycle Show

EVENT—It’s a motor show of the two-wheeled variety, and it’s the biggest one in town: The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows cruised its 12-city nationwide tour into the Long Beach Convention Center earlier this month, and Southern California was the first place in the country to see the newest model sportbikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters, customs, ATVs, aftermarket parts and accessories under one roof.

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