Contributing editor Larry Mason chats with Helio as they walk through a construction zone just prior to the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Helio would go on to win the pole there but also talks about the challenge of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Contributing Editor Larry Mason chats with Will Power after his induction into the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame ceremony.
A Behind the Scenes Look at How Honda Performance Development is Preparing for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 By Larry Mason Copyright © 2019 The largest single day sporting event in the world takes place every Memorial Day weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana (technically Speedway, IN). The 103rd Running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing is scheduled for Sunday, May 26, 2019. The NTT IndyCar Series has two engine manufacturers who are battling for supremacy on the race track (and at their dealerships) week in and week out during the season at different venues across North America. For the past few years, Honda has held a slight advantage at the Speedway. However, last year Chevrolet came home victorious again for Penske Racing and Will Power. Make no mistake about it; the Indianapolis 500 is the most important race in the world for the sheer size and history of the [...]
At the recent Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, contributing editor Larry Mason had a brief chat with Mario after he stepped out of the Two-Seat Indy Car.
By Larry Mason Copyright © 2019 Alexander Rossi and Andretti Autosport Dominated the 45th Annual Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach! April 14, 2019 Long Beach, CA – Low clouds and fog lifted just after the NTT IndyCar Series cars started their morning warm-up. The sun shone brightly after and picture perfect weather for Sunday greeted the throngs of fans for another version of the World’s Fastest Beach Party. In the morning warm-up, Colton Herta set the pace in his King Taco Harding Steinbrenner entry ahead of Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter Reay, Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato. Just behind them were Scott Dixon and Alexander Rossi. Pirelli GT4 America Spencer Pumpelly put on a driving clinic from the start and continued with great re-starts after numerous caution periods early on. Ian James in the Panoz was second and Michael Cooper in a McLaren 570S GT4 completed the podium. All three [...]
By Larry Mason Copyright © 2019 April 13, 2019 Long Beach, CA – Another delightful day in Long Beach. Perfect sunny conditions with a cool ocean breeze made for fast times on the track with so much more rubber laid down from the day before. The NTT IndyCar Series kicked things off at 9am with Practice 3 led by last year’s winner Alexander Rossi in his NAPA Auto Parts Honda for Andretti Autosport. In the Firestone Fast Six qualifying, It was all Alexander Rossi as he set the pace over the rest of the field going over a quarter of a second faster than Scott Dixon. Rossi spoke of how hard it was with the competition so tight in the series “This pole was exponentially harder to win than last year's.” Dixon felt like he perhaps missed his opportunity for pole when he misjudged catching Rossi on his fast lap. [...]
Tune in for this short interview where Patricio O'Ward describes what it's like to conquer the streets of Long Beach in Practice session #2. He also has a special greeting for all of his Spanish speaking fans at the end! Copyright (c) 2019 Larry Mason
By Larry Mason Copyright © 2019 April 12, 2019 Long Beach, CA – Another beautiful day in Long Beach greeted competitors and fans alike as the city streets reverberated the sounds of exotic racing engines at full song. As is typical in the schedule the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Series went out bright and early at 7:40am to do some “street sweeping” as Dane Cameron of Acura Team Penske half-joked. Just like last year, the Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi was quickest with Felipe Nasr earning the time to beat spoiling the Acura title sponsorship of Team Penske with Ricky Taylor and Juan Pablo Montoya filling out the top three. The afternoon practice session led directly into a qualifying session and was a very heated affair with the top times getting traded back and forth between the Mazdas, Acuras and Cadillacs in the DPi class. In the end, it was Helio [...]
Winning veteran driver Oriol Servia is getting ready to announce his 2019 Indianapolis 500 plans. CarsAndCompetition.com contributing editor Larry Mason asked some key questions on April 2, 2019 at the annual Acura Grand Prix Media day. Copyright (c) 2019 Larry Mason
By Larry Mason Copyright © 2019 Acura is not only the title sponsor for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach but have the best looking NSX pace car ever! Photo by Larry Mason The streets of Long Beach will be seeing a lot of tire rubber laid down this coming weekend with the headlining NTT IndyCar Series, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Pirelli GT4 America, SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks, Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge and IMSA Historic GTO. Practice and qualifying events get started on Friday, April 12, 2019 with racing taking place through Sunday, April 14, 2019. There have been three different winners in the first three races of the year in the NTT IndyCar Series and Long Beach always provides plenty of racing action and is the most anticipated race of the year outside of the Indianapolis 500. Local fans can test drive an Acura at their [...]