October 3, 2011 |
IndyCar racing is struggling to overcome several problems that include weak attendance and television ratings and the decision by Danica Patrick, perhaps its most popular driver, to bolt for NASCAR stock car racing next year. But say this about the Izod IndyCar Series: It can still put on a thrilling race besides its crown jewel, the Indianapolis 500. For the last 20 laps in Sunday's Kentucky Indy 300, little-known Ed Carpenter raced side by side with reigning series champion Dario Franchitti at more than 200 mph. Round and round they went only a few feet apart on the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway oval, with neither driver willing to cede the lead to the other.
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March 21, 2010 |
Three hours into the race, it was the butt scooter that nearly did Scott Ramsay in. "Burniiing!" he hollered to his teammate Fatima Santos. "I'm cramping up! We gotta keep moving. Let's go!" As the couple rushed from a West Hollywood park toward the finish line in Pershing Square, it was obvious they would not take first or probably even 50th place in Saturday's fourth annual Great Urban Race. But no matter. For many of the 700 or so racers who signed up, it was less about the finish line than the wacky adventures on the way. A combination scavenger hunt, brain teaser, obstacle course and footrace, the event unfolded like a masquerade party with a to-do list.
February 14, 2010 |
It seems appropriate that this Daytona 500 falls on Valentine's Day, the day NASCAR hopes its fans will fall back in love with its sport. The Great American Race is NASCAR's great American opportunity to rekindle a dying love affair. NASCAR must transform what has become the mundanely monotonous Dulltona 500 back into the deliriously dramatic Daytona 500. NASCAR entered the American sporting consciousness in 1979 when CBS first televised the race wire-to-wire on a day when the entire East Coast, because of a blizzard, was stuck in the house watching TV. That historic, histrionic race ended with Cale Yarborough and the Allison boys wrecking each other on the final lap and brawling on the backstretch as the ultra-popular Richard Petty breezed by for the victory.
April 5, 2009 |
The old-timers just shrug. That's horse racing, they say. The air started coming out of the balloon in late morning Saturday, as word began to trickle out that the great matchup for the Santa Anita Derby, a direct road to the fame and fortune of the Kentucky Derby, would now be a one-horse show. The Pamplemousse, morning-line favorite, was scratched. Pioneerof The Nile, the close second choice, could now have his way.
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May 21, 2007 |
Bill Erickson, a self-professed "gear head," has repaired and restored vintage cars for more than 30 years. He's been racing them for the last six. He's driven a restored Fiat V-8 convertible roadster in a 1,000-mile Italian road rally and steered a fortified 1954 Ford Crown Victoria on a 1,900-mile romp through Mexico's open roads.
November 1, 2006
To our readers: WHO says there are no seasons in Southern California? Let great minds debate whether the Hollywood awards season actually starts in Toronto, Telluride or even Cannes, but this much is clear: We're in the thick of it. To mark the occasion, we're launching a series of special print editions of The Envelope, the Los Angeles Times' awards website.