|The Winston Cup series came to California Speedway in 1997.
The track was built on the grounds of an abandoned steel mill.
Located in Fontana, the speedway is 50 miles east of downtown Los Angeles,
60 miles west of Palm Springs, and 100 miles north of San Diego.
There are 298 palm trees on the property including 61 down
the backstretch. What kind you ask? How about 31 Canary Palms,
the largest of the palm family on site, followed by 150 Washingtonia
Filifera (the mid-sized palms) and 117 Mexican Fan Palms
(the skinniest of the bunch).
On a clear day you can see Cucamonga Peak over the backstretch of the
speedway. The peak is part of the San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountain
ranges. Roger Penske was the original owner of the facility, but later sold it to Bill France
and the International Speedway Corporation. Jeff Gordon has racked up two wins at the track while Mark Martin, Jeremy Mayfield,
and Rusty Wallace each have one win.
Here are Alyssa Kendall's daily reports on the racing scene, as well as the L.A. story. Enjoy.
|Sunday, April 28|
|Saturday, April 27|
|Friday, April 26|
|Thursday, April 25|
Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush.
Hershel is a few years older than my grandfather. I asked my dad yesterday if he could see my grandpa driving at 180 miles per hour with 40 other cars on the track at California Speedway. "180 miles per hour? I don't even want to think about him doing 50 miles per hour these days on the freeway with no other cars around."
As far as happenings around town, there's a debate about who gets the "Hollywood" sign if they become a separate city from Los Angeles. Hollywood wants the sign, but the L.A. city council said that it's in Griffith Park which is not in the Hollywood city limits. Arguing about a sign? Ah yes, life in Southern California.
Anyway, the Lakers game is tonight. I'll have a report on the scene from the game tomorrow. As the song says, "I Love L.A."
|Wednesday, April 24|
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