AUTO REVIEW— The truth be told, media wags have some preconceived notions of what a car is going to be like long before we set a foot inside it just like everybody else. Enter the Audi A5 Coupe. Several years ago, a spin around Sonoma—both on and off track—left a very positive impression of the coupe. So, let’s see what we got here. Sexy car? Check. Red paint? Check. Beautiful engine? Double-check. We expect the 2016 A5 will gobble up the streets here in Malibu, Calabasas, and the San Fernando Valley, like Joey Chestnut eats hot dogs.
BOOK REVIEW—”I asked for this assignment—reviewing a collection of Sam Posey’s short writings: articles, broadcast intros, and profiles (that’s actually the sub-title of this remarkable book). I asked to review this book expecting full well that I would be both awed and cowed by the man’s writing. I was, of course.” Doug Stokes reviews “Where the Writer Meets the Road.”
AUTO REVIEW— Could it be real? The return of the Lexus sport coupe? Lexus is no stranger to the two door sports car. The SC was a main stay in the Lexus lineup for 19 years. It was discontinued in 2010, and Lexus fans were worried that might be the end of a luxury coupe for this marquee. Enter the new RC—a beautiful two door luxury sports car that slots in between the IS and GS in price range. Mark Dorman learns it’s the perfect ride for Pebble Beach’s Food & Wine Festival.
LA CAR REPORT—“Do you want to race or don’t you?” Dale Earnhardt posed that in an interview shortly before he was killed at Daytona in 2001. Ed Carpenter said essentially the same thing in a tweet cited in Tony Kanaan’s press conference in Fontana Saturday afternoon following the MAV TV 500. The tweet went like this: “I love close IndyCar racing. Hate to see drivers bad mouthing a series. If you want to race, race. If not, retire.” The 2015 MAVTV 500 story by Brian Kennedy.
LA CAR REPORT—Juan Montoya went out first in the Friday afternoon qualifying session, which allowed each car to post two laps and took the total time to determine starting position for Saturday’s Verizon IndyCar Series MAVTV 500 race in Fontana. He was fast at 217 mph on his first lap and in an interview afterwards said that he had no way to predict whether his time would stand up. He said that he had thought last year that he was going to end up 15th, but that his pole position had lasted until the last guy went out and knocked him off the top spot. He posted a two-lap average speed of 217.250.