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April 15, 2007 | Glenn F. Bunting, TIMES STAFF WRITER
ON an old studio lot outside London, a production crew began work on the movie "Sahara" in November 2003 by staging the crash of a vintage airplane. But when the film opened in theaters in April 2005, the sequence had been deleted. "In the context of the movie, it didn't work," said director Breck Eisner. The cost of the 46-second clip: more than $2 million. This kind of spending, according to accounting records, helped turn "Sahara" into one of the biggest financial flops in Hollywood history.
April 11, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
No matter where he starts Sunday's race, veteran IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan believes he is sitting pretty. Kanaan, a fan favorite who won the Indianapolis 500 for the first time last year, was hired by the powerhouse team of Target Chip Ganassi Racing this year. The 39-year-old Brazilian took over the car formerly driven by his good friend Dario Franchitti, the four-time IndyCar champion who retired after being seriously hurt in a crash in Houston last October. Kanaan qualified second and finished sixth in the season opener March 30 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be his second race driving Ganassi's No. 10 car. Kanaan has never won Long Beach and his best finish in 10 starts was third in 2009.
January 31, 2010 | By Haitham Chehabi
Zoom! Zoom! Vroom! Vroom! oom! Zoom! Vroom! Vroom! Grandma Jenkins sped down the track in her banged-up old Chevy, glory galloping through her veins. "You can't catch me now, fools!" she crowed. And then, with a loud cackle, she pounced her way toward the finish line, howling with victory. The young men Grandma was racing against dipped their heads in shame and shuffled away. "Beaten by a grandma," one of the men muttered, looking dazed. "That's right, Cream Puff!"
April 10, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
The 40th running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is Sunday with one overarching question: Who can put the brakes on Will Power? The 33-year-old Australian has won the last three Verizon IndyCar Series races, and four of the last six, going back to last season. Power's latest victory in his No. 12 Team Penske car was a dominant one at IndyCar's season opener March 30 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Course Map Power also knows his way around the seaside streets that make up the 11-turn, 1.97-mile Long Beach course.
March 18, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  Authorities have identified the victims of a California raceway crash as a race car owner and the 14-year-old cousin of the teenage driver. The Yuba County Sheriff's office said the crash occurred at Marysville Raceway Park in Santa Rosa when the race car driven by Chase Johnson careened off the track and into the pit row, striking and killing 68-year-old Dale Wondergem Jr. and 14-year-old Marcus Johnson on Saturday. Chase Johnson, 17, was not injured in the accident.
February 18, 1991
A 20-year-old Orange man drove his car around a crossing arm at a railroad intersection Sunday and was struck by an oncoming train, but survived the accident uninjured, authorities said. The train "clipped the back of the car and gave it some damage, but no injuries," said a California Highway Patrol dispatcher. The driver of the car was identified as Daine Emil Erickson, 20, of Orange. The late-afternoon collision took place on Jefferson Street south of Orangethorpe Avenue.
October 17, 2000
A bus driver walking the picket line outside MTA headquarters was struck by a car Monday, and the car driver was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Tom Impliazzo of Canoga Park was among about a dozen picketers at the Vignes Street entrance in Los Angeles when he was struck by a car leaving the garage about 10:25 a.m. He rolled onto the hood and then off, and the car continued toward the entrance to the Hollywood Freeway.
June 1, 1996
John "Tim" Gill of Somis, a carpenter and stock car driver at Ventura Raceway who was well-known among the local racing fraternity, died of a heart attack Wednesday while working in Camarillo. He was 39. Gill had driven in the mini stock class for about five years. The raceway phased the classification out this year, so he modified his Pinto for his wife, Fran, who is racing in the pony stock class, said his brother-in-law, Gary Elliott of Simi Valley.
August 4, 1987 | ANNA MACIAS, Times Staff Writer
A 16-year-old girl was shot in the foot early Monday morning after she and her cousin argued with a slow driver on Skyline Drive in East San Diego. Kimberly Hopkins, a passenger in a car driven by her cousin, was treated at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in San Diego after the 12:18 a.m. incident, according to San Diego Police Department spokesman Bill Robinson. Hopkins and her unidentified cousin were driving down Skyline Drive near Tinkerbell Park when they passed a slow driver and shouted at him.
August 25, 1990
A motorist was killed and two others suffered minor injuries when a tractor-trailer truck and a car collided on the Golden State Freeway in Sun Valley Friday night, the California Highway Patrol reported. The truck landed on top of the car in the northbound lanes near Hollywood Way shortly after 8 p.m., authorities said. A Corvette "lost control and spun out in front of a semi-truck and trailer carrying a load of bricks," said CHP Officer Dean Gustafson.
February 9, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
One might think that after setting nearly every record in NHRA funny car drag racing, 64-year-old John Force would have nothing left to prove. But Force, who won a record 16th funny car title last year, believes he has everything to prove. That's because the four-driver team he owns is losing two major sponsors and their millions of dollars in support after this season. So Force, who's been flying around the country trying to recruit replacement sponsors, made the best sales pitch he knows: keep winning at the dragstrip.
February 5, 2014 | By Joseph Serna and Ruben Vives
A 19-year-old man killed in a hit-and-run in South Los Angeles was the oldest of four siblings who loved working on his prized possession - his Infiniti - friends and family said Wednesday morning at the site where he died. Police say Jerry Arredondo Jr. was hit Tuesday night as he stepped out of his car, parked on 105th Street just east of Wadsworth Avenue. A speeding eastbound 2013 Chevy Camaro hit the teen, launching him into the air and several feet down the street. His body hit a small tree with such force it split its trunk in half.
October 7, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Dario Franchitti underwent surgery to stabilize his broken right ankle after the IndyCar driver went airborne and crashed into the catchfence at a race in Houston, his Target Chip Ganassi Racing team said Monday. Franchitti, 40, also suffered two spinal fractures and a concussion Sunday but was "awake and alert" when he was admitted to Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center, the team said. An IndyCar official and two fans also were taken to a hospital for treatment, IndyCar said.
September 26, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
A car driver who was killed when his vehicle plunged 150 feet down the side on Mt. Baldy on Tuesday has been identified as a 60-year-old Pico Rivera resident. Dennis Sandoval was found inside a car near Mt. Baldy and Shinn roads about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Larry Dietz said.  When officers arrived, the vehicle was lodged in an embankment in the Angeles National Forest, Dietz said. Sandoval was pronounced dead at the scene. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash.
September 9, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A driver in his early 20s was killed Sunday night when his speeding car flew off Interstate 5 south of San Onofre State Beach and was hit by a southbound Amtrak train, the California Highway Patrol said. The driver of a 1997 Honda was traveling at more than 100 mph and weaving in and out of traffic shortly after 9 p.m., the CHP said. The driver attempted to avoid a collision with another car but lost control. His car flew off the freeway and landed on the railroad tracks, the CHP said.
August 27, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Auto Club Speedway said Tuesday that IndyCar's drivers plan to hold a day-long test session at the Fontana track on Sept. 24. The session, which is free and open to the public, is in preparation for the MAVTV 500 on Oct. 19, a night race and the season finale that will determine the champion of the Izod IndyCar Series. Drivers expected to participate include reigning champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, this year's Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan, Dario Franchitti, Marco Andretti, Helio Castroneves and Castroneves' teammate Will Power, who won last weekend's race in Sonoma.
April 24, 1987
Acar traveling in the wrong direction collided with a semitrailer truck on the Golden State Freeway in Valencia on Thursday, California Highway Patrol officers said. The driver of the car, Miguel Angel Giron, 19, of Los Angeles, was in fair condition at County-USC Medical Center with a broken leg and cuts on his face, hospital officials said.
August 23, 1996 | BRYAN RODGERS
Richie Hearn's return to New Hampshire International Speedway lasted a lot longer than his first visit, but still was short-lived. The Canyon Country-based Indy Car driver led the first six laps of a race Sunday and was in third place when he had to pull out because of engine problems. Six weeks ago, on Hearn's first trip around the speedway, he slammed into a wall on a test run and was hospitalized with neck and back injuries.
June 29, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Here we go again. The debate about whether the hype surrounding Danica Patrick outweighs her skill as a race-car driver has lingered in the background ever since she reached racing's big leagues several years ago. Yet as Patrick, 32, muddles through her first full season in NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series, the argument has jumped to the fore yet again. Kyle Petty -- son of NASCAR legend Richard Petty, himself a driver for 30 years and now a NASCAR television analyst -- rekindled matters Thursday by saying Patrick was "not a race-car driver.
June 14, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR's Brad Keselowski and IndyCar's Ed Carpenter said their cars would display tributes this weekend to Jason Leffler, the driver killed this week in a racing crash in New Jersey. Keselowski, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, will have "LEFturn" -- Leffler's nickname -- displayed on the rear panel of his No. 2 Ford at Sunday's race at Michigan International Speedway. Carpenter also planned a special decal for the Izod IndyCar Series race in Milwaukee on Saturday, with the decal available to all of the series' drivers.
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