In 1975, British-born travel agent Chris Pook convinced (with help from racing legend and SoCal boy Dan Gurney) the city of Long Beach, California, to allow some of its streets to be closed off to allow a Formula 5000 race to be contested. Another Englishman, Brian Redman, won that first race, beginning a rich racing tradition that would become one of the crown jewel races of every series of which it was a part (Formula 1, CART, Champ Car, IRL and now IndyCar) and beginning a dramatic renaissance for the port town south of Los Angeles, helping transform its downtown from an super-sketchy seaside ghetto to a hip, vibrant metropolis filled with luxury apartment towers and happening nightlife spots.
Danica Patrick definitely won’t be known as an online gambling favorite to win the Nationwide title in NASCAR, but she was definitely making up ground through the first four races of the season. However, the IndyCar season is starting, which means Patrick has to fulfill her obligations to Andretti Autosport, which means she won’t be back in NASCAR until June.
Patrick is ninth in the Nationwide Standings (no full-time Sprint Cup drivers are allowed to receive points), and she didn’t finish lower than 17th through the first three races, including a fourth-place run at Las Vegas, the best finish for a woman in any of NASCAR’s three national series. The 33rd-place run at Bristol, when she was involved in a wreck with Ryan Truex, shouldn’t take anything away from her great start as better and more experienced drivers have gotten bit by the half-mile bullring that is Bristol. Patrick is more comfortable in a stock car than she ever has been, but now she won’t race in the Nationwide Series until June at Chicagoland, and you have to wonder how good she would be if Patrick picked a series.
Well over 95% of motorsports history has been made by men. This is hardly surprising, given the temperamental nature of the machines, the immense physical demands needed to wrestle a car around a track on six-inch wide bias-ply tires and no downforce (or, in some rectum-dilating cases, lift), and the overall high probability of severe disfigurement or death. Not the most welcoming environment for men or women.
Eventually, though, racing became a tamer, more sanitized sport. Concurrently, attitudes about gender and the role(s) of women changed, paving the way for pioneers like Louise Smith, Pat Moss, Denise McCluggage, Shirley Muldowney, Janet Guthrie and Michele Mouton to shatter the glass ceilings that hovered over motorsports. Today it seems more women than ever are donning helmets and dropping the hammer, however – men being men – we tend to fixate on how they look more than how they drive. (We’re sorry; please direct all anger and venom at Darwin.) What else would compel us to compile the following list?
Traffik Highway Fashion in partnership with IndyCar is pleased to introduce the largest auto lifestyle event tour ever created. Featuring the latest trends in cars, music, dance, fashion, and street art, it is set to combine all aspects of the urban lifestyle under one roof.
Traffik Tour will include over 400 cars in more than 60 classes, with over $10,000 in awards and prize money for each event. Winners from each Traffik Tour event are presented a GOLD TICKET that will allow them to compete at the TRAFFIK WORLD FINALS in Las Vegas in September, where car owners will compete for the largest cash and award payout in auto show history. In addition, the new property will feature up to ten virtual car shows online-It’s the E-Traffik Jam Car Show, where owners will upload entry car pictures to compete for a chance to win their own GOLDEN TICKET to Las Vegas to compete alongside each tour stop winner for historical cash prizes.
One of the best things about motorsport venues are the race queens that work these events, causing guys everywhere to snap their necks and gawk. From the pits to the podium, the 2010 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach showcased a seemingly endless supply of talent.
Lovely ladies from Tecate and Patron were everywhere, from major thoroughfares to nooks and crannies around the course. And not to be outdone, many racing teams also brought their own promo models as well.
The 36th annual Long Beach Grand Prix took place during a hot and sunny weekend with record crowds. On April 17th and 18th, six racing series held competitions on a 1.97 mile course that looped through the streets of Long Beach. These included the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, Tequila Patron American Le Mans series, Team Drifting Challenge, Firestone Indy Lights and SCCA Pro World Challenge Championship. Tecate, one of the premier sponsors, even held concerts on Friday and Saturday night.
In addition, a massive Lifestyle Expo was held, showcasing tons of automotive related products and services along with fun family activities like a BMW bike stunt demonstration. A continuing trend was the proliferation of green and eco-friendly motoring with Toyota leading the charge as they showcased their “Green-Power Prix-View” with alternative energy cars. Below is a brief recap of the three major races of the weekend - ALMS, World Challenge and IndyCar.