LA CAR REPORT—LA Car announced that seasoned journalist, publicist, and one-time race car driver Doug Stokes is its new editor. The former International Kart Federation director, MPG MilePost editor, and Mickey Thompson, LA Grand Prix, Honda, GM and Perris Auto Speedway publicist will take the helm of the Southern California publication, effective September 1, 2015. Here’s a brief biography of Doug.
LA CAR REPORT—Doug Stokes once served as a library cop, going door-to-door, asking library patrons if they would kindly return their overdue copy of Call of the Wild or The Complete Book of Sailor Knots. The job gave him a heightened knowledge of every community and street in the region. Little did he know that it would help prepare him in his latest venture: taking over the editorial reins of LA Car—the publication clearinghouse of Los Angeles and its car culture.
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.
LA CAR REPORT—Ten down. Six to go. Hard to imagine that the Verizon IndyCar Series is on the home stretch. But true, and that road takes them through Fontana this weekend for a 500-mile race at Auto Club Speedway. The Verizon IndyCar Series MAVTV 500 has run here since 2012. Its predecessor, the Indy Racing League, sanctioned events from 2002-05, and competitor CART held races from 1997-2002. Story by Brian Kennedy; photographs by Gabriela Moya.