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AutoMatters: 2014 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (part two)

Zach Veach (Indy Lights) braking hard for Turn 8

Part one’s coverage (in AutoMatters #328) of the 40th anniversary of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach ended with exciting drifting competition on Saturday night, April 12th. Now let’s move on to Sunday’s racing action with Indy Lights, SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road trucks (not only spectacular racing, but also insane jumping and crashing into the tire barriers!), Verizon IndyCars and, to wrap up a very full weekend of seven different race series, Pirelli World Challenge cars – all on the famous 1.968 mile, 11-turn course through the streets of Long Beach, California.

AutoMatters: The Scare of My Life

Mangled crash vehicles – 2012 SEMA Show

Just after midnight on Saturday, while driving on the freeway, I had the scare of my life. I have absolutely no doubt that I came within a few seconds of having a terrible, high-speed, life-ending crash. Unlike in the thought-provoking new science fiction movie entitled “Transcendence” (spoiler alert), where efforts are made to transfer a dying man’s consciousness into a sophisticated computer system, there would have been no coming back from such an accident. I am sharing my experience with you in the sincere

AutoMatters: 2014 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (part one)

Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race

The 40th anniversary of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach took place on April 11-13.

AutoMatters: Distracted Driving & “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

Teen driving while distracted

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. To draw our attention to the life-threatening dangers posed by distracted driving, and to help people become safer, more responsible and better-informed drivers and passengers, the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy, Impact Teen Drivers, the California Office of Traffic Safety, more than 250 law enforcement agencies – including the California Highway Patrol, and others have joined together in a state-wide public awareness and education campaign.

AutoMatters: Logitech G27 Racing Wheel & Kanex Computer Accessories

Car-like appearance of Logitech G27

Logitech’s G27 Racing Wheel (http://gaming.logitech.com/en-us/product/g27-racing-wheel) is intended to bring what they describe as “a simulator-grade racing experience to the PC and PlayStation 3.” More than just a steering wheel, it also includes pedals and a manual shifter.

Footnotes and fragments

Gordon Clanton

Keynoter. California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsome will speak Thursday, April 3, at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club. Info at www.rsfdem.org. Either Newsome or Attorney General Kamala Harris is likely to be the next governor of California four-plus years from now – sooner if Jerry Brown runs for president.

AutoMatters: NASCAR in Southern California & “Divergent”

Kyle Larson leads Nationwide race into Turn 2

The fast, wide, two-mile track at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana recently hosted two thrilling NASCAR races: the Nationwide Series “TreatMyClot.com 300” and the sellout, standing room only Sprint Cup Series “Auto Club 400.”

AutoMatters: ‘Need for Speed’ & ‘Muppets Most Wanted’

Need for Speed – ©2014 DreamWorks Pictures

This week AutoMatters goes to the movies with reviews of “Need for Speed” and Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted.” They both feature cool cars.

Education Matters: Teacher training in Del Mar: In search of balance

Marsha Sutton

As a final follow-up to the recent series on professional development in the Del Mar Union School District, DMUSD superintendent Holly McClurg explained why some teachers are out of their classrooms for training more than others.

All DMUSD teachers spend two to five days a year, for three years, in Cognitively Guided Instruction staff development, she said, to prepare for Common Core State Standards which are being introduced this fall.

AutoMatters: SoCal Pro Racing Preview & AutoMatters Tech

NASCAR at Auto Club Speedway (Mar. 24/13)

If you enjoy watching professional auto racing live and in-person, SoCal (Southern California) is the place to be. Also, it takes a lot of tech to bring you a new AutoMatters column each and every week, so this week come into my home office and take a close-up look at some of my latest hi-tech tools.

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