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August 13, 1992 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Racing's first three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 lives here, just to the side of a county road winding toward Cottonwood Cove, down past the town cemetery to the softball field, where the sign reads: "Cross at your own risk." Cross the sandy wash, and more than likely you will find Louie Meyer--winner of the 1928, 1933 and 1936 Indy 500s--sitting on his porch, soaking up the dry warmth of a 100-plus-degree desert day.
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November 10, 2013 | Jim Peltz
Age and experience will matter regardless of whether Jimmie Johnson or Matt Kenseth wins this year's NASCAR title. And it's been trending that way for a few years now. Heading into Sunday's AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, Johnson, 38, holds a seven-point lead over the 41-year-old Kenseth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings. Kevin Harvick, 37, is in third place, 40 points behind Johnson. After Phoenix, there's one race left in the 10-race Chase for the Cup playoff to decide the championship, next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida.
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August 11, 1995 | STEPHANIE BROMMER
Race car driver Dave Rosenblum spoke Thursday to about 400 Oxnard youths about drug abuse, chronicling his own battle and warning of the perils of addiction. "This is not something I'm real proud to admit, but I'm a recovering drug addict," Rosenblum told fourth- through sixth-graders at Oxnard's Driffill elementary school. "I am 46 years old, and I spent the best years of my life--from the age of 17 to 34--screwing up my life. I wasted the best years of my life."
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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.
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October 21, 1988 | RICH ROBERTS, Times Staff Writer
Athl e te: "One who takes part in . . . exercises, sports or games requiring mental agility, endurance or strength." --Webster's Third New International Dictionary Are race drivers athletes? Derek Daly of Ireland and Geoff Brabham, long removed from Australia, have their own ways of answering that old question. They are teammates with Team Nissan. Brabham has already clinched the International Motor Sports Assn.'
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June 8, 1995 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Race car driver Rocky Moran, who a few months ago was beaten by teen-agers in his neighborhood, suffered another misfortune when fire spread through his home, authorities said Wednesday. The source of the fire Tuesday night was apparently a propane barbecue attached to the house, which had been used an hour earlier. It spread to the second, third and fourth floors, causing the fourth-floor ceiling to collapse and injure four firefighters.
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August 20, 2012 | John Horn, Rebecca Keegan and Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
With films such as"Unstoppable"and "Man on Fire," Tony Scott told adrenaline-filled stories about fearless men - spies and cops, race car drivers and fighter pilots - who live by a code and face death on their own terms. He filled his cinematic landscape with intrigue and action, avoiding computer effects in favor of real-life stunts with speeding trains and screaming jets, even once shutting down the Mississippi River to blow up a ferryboat. In life, the British director-producer shared many characteristics with his alpha-male action heroes.
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January 4, 1992 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The National Hot Rod Assn. lifted the competition license of drag racing champion Darrell Alderman and suspended him indefinitely Friday after learning that he had pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine. Alderman, winner of the past two NHRA pro stock championships, drove a Dodge Daytona to victory in 11 of 14 national events last season, setting a record for victories in a season.
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May 14, 1990 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mitch Payton is a former desert motorcycle racing champion who has won three consecutive Sports Car Club of America amateur races in a showroom stock Honda CRX and appears headed for the national championship runoffs in October at Road Atlanta. Payton is a paraplegic confined to a wheelchair. He drives with brake and accelerator hand controls mounted into the steering column and a clutch release on the shifter.
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January 3, 1992 | SHAV GLICK
Darrell Alderman, two-time National Hot Rod Assn. pro stock drag racing champion from Morehead, Ky., faces a possible ban from racing after his plea of guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine. Alderman, who won a record 11 of 14 national events last year in a Dodge Daytona, was indicted March 21 in Fayette County, Ky., but a series of postponements delayed a hearing until last Friday.
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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.
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December 31, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Race car driver Ken Block speeds down a narrow band of asphalt in his souped-up Ford Fiesta, careening through the "Back to the Future" set on Universal Studios' back lot. The speedometer flies toward 80. Block's eyes are fixed on the road as he accelerates toward an invitation-only crowd of gear heads in town for the Los Angeles Auto Show. When he whips around the corner toward Courthouse Square in Marty McFly's hometown, Block sees a sea of undistinguishable faces. He plants his foot on the accelerator, then pulls back on a massive hand brake on his right side.
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September 16, 2012 | By Jim Peltz, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
"I've always had mixed feelings about this place," IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan said of Auto Club Speedway, and it's not surprising. Fellow driver Greg Moore, one of Kanaan's close friends, was killed in a racing crash at the two-mile Fontana track in 1999. "It's not something you want to remember," Kanaan said. "Having said that, every time I'm here I finish in the top five," Kanaan said, then added that the net result was "it's definitely a good feeling to come back. " Kanaan was seeking his first win this year when the Izod IndyCar Series held its season-ending race Saturday night at Auto Club Speedway, the first time Indy-style cars had raced there since October 2005.
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August 20, 2012 | John Horn, Rebecca Keegan and Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
With films such as"Unstoppable"and "Man on Fire," Tony Scott told adrenaline-filled stories about fearless men - spies and cops, race car drivers and fighter pilots - who live by a code and face death on their own terms. He filled his cinematic landscape with intrigue and action, avoiding computer effects in favor of real-life stunts with speeding trains and screaming jets, even once shutting down the Mississippi River to blow up a ferryboat. In life, the British director-producer shared many characteristics with his alpha-male action heroes.
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February 14, 2010 | By Jay Jones
As NASCAR drivers take their warm-up lap around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Feb. 28, a shiny Shelby GT350 will lead the way. The pace car's trip to the racetrack will be remarkably short because it was built -- or, more precisely, modified -- right across the street at Shelby American, where workers convert Ford Mustangs into Shelby GTs and assemble the legendary Cobras from scratch. Former race car driver Carroll Shelby began making sports cars in Los Angeles nearly 50 years ago but relocated to three buildings just off Interstate 15 -- about 20 minutes north of the Strip, on Speedway Boulevard -- in 1998.
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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!"
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July 22, 1990
Rich Vogler, five-time United States Auto Club midget champion, was killed Saturday night when he crashed during a sprint car race at Salem (Ind.) Speedway. Dr. Dan Anderson pronounced Vogler dead at 11:40 p.m. EDT at the Washington County Memorial Hospital in Salem, according to Bill Marvel, vice president of USAC. The crash occurred about 40 minutes earlier. Tony Floyd, an ambulance medic for the hospital, described the 39-year-old Vogler as having a "severe head injury."
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July 27, 1998 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three spectators were killed and six others injured by a wheel and other crash debris that flew into the stands in the U.S. 500, a CART championship at Michigan Speedway in which most of the drivers did not know of the tragedy until after the race. The accident, the worst involving spectators in a major modern U.S. race, occurred on lap 175 of the 250-lap race when pole-sitter Adrian Fernandez lost control of his Reynard-Ford and it slid into the wall at better than 200 mph.
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October 14, 2009
Al Martino Singer had role in 'The Godfather' Al Martino, the singer who played the role of Johnny Fontane in "The Godfather," died Tuesday at his childhood home in suburban Philadelphia. He was 82. Martino died in Springfield, Pa., publicist Sandy Friedman of Rogers & Cowan announced. A cause of death was not given. Starting in 1952, Martino was known for hit songs including "Here in My Heart," "Spanish Eyes," "Can't Help Falling in Love" and "Volare. " Besides acting in the Marlon Brando classic "The Godfather," he sang the 1972 film's title score, "The Love Theme From the Godfather.
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October 14, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Donna Mae Mims, 82, the first woman to win a Sports Car Club of America national championship and a participant in the original "Cannonball Run" that became the subject of a 1981 movie starring Burt Reynolds, died Oct. 6 from complications after a stroke, said officials at a funeral home in McMurray, Pa. Mims was known as "the Pink Lady" for driving mostly in pink cars and often wearing pink. Mims said in a 1964 Times article that she started racing after working on a friend's pit crew in Pittsburgh and asking to take a practice lap. "That did it, I was hooked," she said.
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