32 SCENES OF ROLLING THUNDER AT THE GRAND PRIX IN LONG BEACH

GALLERY—Burning rays, steaming asphalt, smoking hot metal, and a lens to capture it all. Editor John Grafman was there to witness all the rolling thunder at the 2011 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. 33 of his best are on display here.

DANCING WITH THE STARS

EVENT—Dancing With The Stars came to Long Beach. Only this time, the cars were dancing and the stars were celebrity racers. The dancing cars were featured in the Formula Drift Series and the celebrity racers took part in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race. Both events were part of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. John Grafman and Kurt Furhmann report.

JUKE VERSUS BOX

AUTO REVIEW—Last summer when it was time to buy a car, the idea of a Nissan cube (yes, the small “c” is correct) floated into our lives. We still love the little thing nine months later. But shortly after we took delivery, the Nissan Juke came out. “Oh, man. Maybe we bought too soon,” was said one night at the dinner table. I wondered what life with Juke might be like. After having had one for a week, now I know…

KYLE BUSCH, A YELLOW LEXUS LFA, AND 128 MPH IN A 45 MPH ZONE

BACK SEAT DRIVING—Poet Brendan Behan said there’s no such thing as bad publicity (except your own obituary). For Lexus, the adage rings true in an incident that involves its LFA sports car and NASCAR driver Kyle Busch. After being cited for driving 128 mph in a 45 mph zone, Busch reportedly tried a defense that bordered on “the car made me do it” to the officer. That’s when the publicity started rolling in. Lexus’ ad agency couldn’t have dreamed up a better publicity campaign for the LFA. For Lexus, it was all good for the LFA—and it was free.

BURNING RAYS, STEAMING ASPHALT, AND SMOKING HOT METAL

EVENT—Burning rays, steaming asphalt, smoking hot metal, and a near miss from an airborne Honda. It’s fear, loathing, and rushing adrenaline at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. As we enter Indy weekend, Editor John Grafman tells us the story from The Beach in words and pictures…

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