It’s Saturday night, April 6, and I have the good fortune to be sitting high up in the packed grandstands of Irwindale Speedway for the opening night of the 2013 race season. Irwindale is one of two local short tracks for us at PRI, and the evening’s excitement started immediately with the steady stream of cars we encountered entering the race track more than an hour before the racing began. Irwindale is one of the country’s premier short track venues, and it was shuttered for all of last year. In a beautiful Southern California early spring twilight, we see 50 people in line for the Will Call window. We see a line of people 35 deep at each of five ticket windows. Lots of families. Mr. Horsepower T-shirt. Chevrolet Racing jacket....
By Christen D'Alessandro on April 17, 2013
Yesterday, PRI attended the 7th Annual Mazda Motorsports Media Update at Mazda Research and Development in Irvine, California. We discovered what’s new for Mazda in 2013, were introduced to MazdaSpeed7, learned about the SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel engine and finished up with a tasty lunch from TK Burgers.
Mazda Director of Motorsports John Doonan made a key point that Mazda is very proud of: “More Mazdas are road raced on any given weekend than any other manufacturer.”
Mazda’s 2013 programs consist of SCCA and NASA club racing, including B-Spec racing, Skip Barber MX-5 and Formula car schools and series, SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup, Mazda Road to Indy (USF2000, Pro Mazda, Firestone Indy Lights), IMSA Cooper Tires...
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By Dan Schechner on June 4, 2013
Back On Track: Saturday night stock car racing's return to the San Gabriel Valley this April brings to a close a tumultuous year-and-a-half for Irwindale Speedway (PRI’s local paved short track).
In fact, November 2011 was the last time sanctioned races were held at the famous banked oval. And the situation didn’t look promising when the Southern California speedway’s former operators filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in February 2012. Thankfully, it wasn’t long before 211 Entertainment’s Jim Cohan stepped in and pledged to keep the doors open and the track functioning, albeit on a scaled-down basis.
Less than a year later Cohan managed to secure a full operational lease on the facility, which was...
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By Jeff Butcher on April 1, 2013
Admiration of legends captivates participants that aspire to achieve a fraction of the greatness displayed by the leaders of any game.
Arnold Palmer continues to amaze, and his contribution is backed by the striking power of his loyal army of fans. Arnie’s Army lives on as his living legend continues to grow. Golf is his game—he made it so.
Games ask us to perform at our highest level in the face of the best competition. Putting the white ball in the cup is surprisingly similar to being given a cup after winning a race.
When our leaders move beyond the playing limits of their respective sport, the true legends continue to excel for the duration of the career of life. Learning from their wisdom is what motivates...
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