CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1992
If ever we were looking for evidence of California's anti-business climate we have the perfect example in promoter Chris Pook's proposed San Diego Grand Prix and the San Diego Unified Port District's opposition to it. Pook wants to bring a sports car race to downtown San Diego in August of 1993. He has asked for nothing. No money, security, street closings, or street improvements to put on this event. He's paying for all of it. The only thing he has asked for is approval of his plan.
June 17, 2003 |
Beleaguered Championship Auto Racing Teams Inc., better known as CART, has hung out the "For Sale" sign. The investment banking firm of Bear Stearns & Company Inc. has been retained to "assist us in exploring strategic alternatives that may be available to CART, including a possible sale of the company," according to Thomas L. Carter, chief financial officer.
April 24, 1990 |
I've finally figured out what they're going to put on my epitaph. Are you ready for this? "He Led the Long Beach Grand Prix for a Lap and a Half." You heard me. I was in front of the pole sitter and all 25 drivers in that sucker. I had an Unser, an Andretti, Fittipaldi eating my dust. I had Johnny Rutherford shaking his fist at me. Lots of guys have led the Long Beach Grand Prix at the start. But how many of them did it riding backward?
April 1, 1998 |
The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is the most famous and successful street-course motor race in North America and, in attendance and recognition, is second only to the Indianapolis 500 in importance in Indy car-style racing. More than 125,000 people are expected for Sunday's 105-lap race around the 1.59-mile course through the seaside streets of Long Beach.
April 3, 1985 |
Mario Andretti won three U.S. driving championships before moving to the world Grand Prix circuit and winning the Formula One title. Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil would like to reverse that process. He has won two world championships and this year plans to race full-time for the CART Indy car crown. "I am fortunate to be driving with one of the strongest teams for my first full season in Indy car racing," said Fittipaldi, who drove in nine races last year for several teams.
April 22, 1990 |
Mario Andretti was in Long Beach in 1975 when Chris Pook revolutionized motor racing by promoting the first modern-era temporary-circuit street race in the United States. Andretti, as usual, was the fastest driver that summer day in September when 45,000 curious spectators paid to watch a Formula 5,000 race along Ocean Boulevard--past the porno shops and the waterfront bars--and as many more watched for free from windows and balconies of high-rise buildings. He was driving a Viceroy Lola that day for Parnelli Jones and Vel Miletich, but after sitting on the pole with a speed of 89.450 m.p.h.