MAVTV 500 INDYCAR World Championship

LA CAR REPORT— Tick, tock; tick tock. The noise you hear is the countdown clock to the return of the Verizon IndyCar series to So Cal, happening this week at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana for the IndyCar World Championship, also known as the MAVTV 500. That night will see a lot of roar from both the cars and the crowd. And the run-up to that race kicks off Wednesday, when fans holding weekend tickets can view testing—for free. Those who aren’t planning to get to the race on the weekend can be admitted for a $10 charitable donation.

Woodward Dream Cruise 2014

GALLERY— Back in 1995, it started as a fundraiser to build a soccer field. Since then, it’s become the world’s largest one-day automotive event. It’s the Woodward Dream Cruise, and it draws 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars. On Woodward Avenue, the dreams continue onward unbroken. The cars and spectators come from all corners of North America as well as places as far away as New Zealand, Australia, Japan and the former Soviet Union to take part in the cruise down Woodward Avenue in Detroit. As is the case every year, our man in Michigan, Mark Dapoz, was there to freeze frame the event.

FROM 2002 TO M235i
BMW’s new 2-series muscle

AUTO REVIEW— Those who follow BMW know a simple yet efficient designation of the product lines sold in the USA. The sedans are odd numbered, 3, 5, and 7. The second set of numbers denote the engine capacity in liters. Coupes bear even numbers. And for those willing to tear down the roads, there is an M – a sport and track oriented dominator. And then things went haywire. There is now the new BMW M235i, which is a successor to last year’s 1 Series coupe (shouldn’t 1 be a sedan?), which harkens back to the celebrated 2002. Harvey Schwartz reports.

Infiniti’s balancing act with the Q70s 5.6

AUTO REVIEW—Ah , the contradictions of luxury car status symbols. You want to shine, but not like you’re trying too hard. Justin Bieber may be able to get away with a car finished in chrome, but that’s not the kind of shine most people seek in a luxury sedan. Infiniti thinks it strikes the right balance with its 2014 Q70S. Mark Dorman finds out if the car can walk the walk as well as talk the talk.

Keep an eye on GRC racer Austin Dyne

Austin Dyne is rising (photos by Alison Merion & Larry Chen)

LA CAR REPORT— Most observers of auto racing don’t expect a young 22 year-old rookie to be threatening the veterans of the ascendant Red Bull Global Rallycross. Yet, Austin Dyne, in his first year of Red Bull Global Rallycross Supercars, is doing exactly that. With only a partial season under his belt in the GRC Lites feeder division in 2013, the Californian has already made a standout impression on the race track this year—and he’s only halfway through this year’s Red Bull GRC championship season.

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