LA Car Reports


TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH
A Glamorous Parade

LA CAR REPORT—A parade. It’s what you never want in a race, but that’s what happened Sunday in Long Beach in a race that had just one caution period. The lead was swapped at the beginning and five times altogether amongst four drivers. And the whole thing took just an hour and 37 minutes, almost unheard of for Long Beach. The race has only run caution-free three times in its history, the last time in 1989. Brian Kennedy reports.

TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH
The road to the Indy Lights

LA CAR REPORT—A driver doesn’t just show up and strap into the big, heavy, powerful, and beautiful thing that is a modern IndyCar. He, or she, works up to it. So how do you get onto the road to Indy? By taking the “Road to Indy”. So how do you get onto the road to Indy? That’s the story behind the Indy Lights and this year’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Brian Kennedy reports.

BLOWN AWAY
Ford’s EcoBoost Challenge

LA CAR REPORT— LA Car’s Doug Stokes was invited out to nearby Santa Anita Park for a preview of the 17-city Ford EcoBoost Challenge.* We had a great time tasting and testing Ford’s latest (and may we say greatest) adventure into the world of boost. No, not the geriatric nutrition supplement, we’re talking turbo-charging here. Using the engine’s own (usually wasted) exhaust gas to spin a small turbine that pulls more air into the engine than it can suck in by itself, thus making more horsepower.

AUTO CLUB 400 POSTSCRIPT
Tried and Truex

LA CAR REPORT—Back through the tech line they went, the crew and car of Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 78 Furniture Row Chevy SS. Why? Something wrong on the underside of the car. Guys were lying on the ground at the side of the car with wrenches in their hands. They were measuring stuff. They were frowning a lot. Things looked desperate. This was 10:30 am Sunday, in Fontana. By 11:30, they had to be through tech and on the grid.

AUTO CLUB 400
Cinderella Comes in Third

LA CAR REPORT— It was a long road for everyone on Sunday in the Auto Club 400, which turned out to be 418 miles due to NASCAR’s version of “overtime.” And in the end, Cinderella didn’t win, as he was supposed to. That is, Kurt Busch, off a suspension and having won the pole and all the practices leading up to the race, didn’t manage the victory. He was oh-so-close though, and his battle with Kevin Harvick was really the story of the day, until Brad Keselowski spoiled the party on the way-past-the-last last lap.

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