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.
LA CAR REPORT—Celebrating its fifth year in San Marino, this event has matured into a full-fledged convocation for all of those attracted to the classics. Whether you’re interested in the spectacular pre-war vehicles of members of the Classic Car Club of America, notable post-war marquees from all over the world, or even hot rods, there was truly something for everyone. Perennial stalwarts of the event like Ferrari, Cadillac, Mercedes, Lincoln, Porsche and Corvettes were back in full force, but this year featured some less celebrated classes of cars.
LA CAR REPORT— If you’re old enough to remember the stark images of the People’s Republic of China from the days of ping-pong diplomacy, you’ll be forgiven if you don’t recognize the China of today. Beijing, in particular, is undergoing a transformation that is both rapid and dramatic. You’ll see gated communities not unlike those in Irvine, California. And in those gated communities, you’ll see makes like Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac and Buick. There’s even an occasional Tesla quietly cruising the streets and suburbs of Beijing.