CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1992
I have a suggestion for participants in the highway speedway carnage ("CHP Applies Brakes to Sierra Highway," Times Valley Edition, Nov. 30), including the misguided attorney who thinks faster is safer: Leave five minutes early. JAMES PERRY JASTER West Hills
May 11, 1996
Tony George's controversial change in qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 [May 5] was an effort to ensure full fields at Indy Racing League events. There were only two races before the 500 and the CART guys could have participated, seeing as this was announced last July. Yes, this would have necessitated a change in CART's 1996 schedule, but they would have made Indy easily and probably shown up the upstart IRL teams. I am not anti-CART, but I agree with Tony George's and the Speedway's position.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2000
Re "Firm Tries to Sell State on Concert Shell by Seashore," July 11. Although I live about two miles from the speedway, the noise it produces can be easily heard in my neighborhood, and many of us find the hours of unmuffled motorized roaring every Saturday night quite offensive. Perhaps 2,000 people attend the events, but there are probably many more than that who live within earshot of the venue and who derive no entertainment or economic benefit from it. What is more, it is a sad fact that one of the most valuable pieces of oceanfront real estate in the city of Ventura (which in many other communities would probably be a public park to benefit all residents)
July 12, 2009
In re: "Kansas City BBQ" (June 28): I am a California expatriate who has lived in the Kansas City area for 12 years. It's obvious that reporter Catharine Hamm did not spend enough time catching up with relatives because of a huge omission and a bit of nincompoopery reporting. First, the nincompoopery. Kansas City, Kan., is the economic "can do" city in the region. The Kansas Speedway, Cabela's, Nebraska Furniture Mart, the Legends Shopping Center, Schilitterbahns Waterslide Park and, possibly, a Hard Rock Cafe/Casino at the Speedway.
July 17, 2000 |
Lori Jennings' name won't appear in results of the Ford L.A. Street Race, but she led more laps Sunday than anyone else. Jennings, a professional stunt woman and former sprint car driver, drove the pace car for the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series race. Twelve caution periods put her in front for 49 of the 125 laps--nearly half the race--around an eight-turn, one-mile course in Exposition Park that circled the Sports Arena.
August 6, 1990 |
Al Unser Jr. out-raced and had more luck than teammate Bobby Rahal on Sunday to win the fastest 500-mile race in history, the Marlboro 500 at Michigan International Speedway. Unser and several competitors drove laps in the 224-m.p.h. range, and he won $172,684 for averaging 189.727 m.p.h. despite eight caution periods. That was faster than the previous 500-mile mark of 186.288 set by stock-car star Bill Elliott at Talladega in May 1985. It easily outdid the Indy-car mark of 185.