Long Beach future? It’s up for an extension meeting – again – Tuesday night

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So, before this year’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the City of Long Beach confirmed a proposal with the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach – the group run and operated by GPALB President/CEO Jim Michaelian – for three further years to host the Verizon IndyCar Series from 2015 through to 2018.

Come Tuesday night, there’s a chance to extend that contract length in a Long Beach City Council meeting. And that’s rather important.

Here’s the Facebook post spelling it out, and asking for fans’ support. And the tweet from the event is below:

As it stands now, the race could be opened for bidding after the 2018 race, and given the overtones made by Chris Pook and the group trying to get Formula One back to the streets of Long Beach, it’s something they’re keen on.

Judging by the crowd numbers – reported by the Long Beach Press-Telegram at nearly 180,000 fans for the race weekend – the fans want it to stay as an IndyCar weekend. So do the Andretti Autosport drivers.

We’re not sure yet if the City Council will have a decision reached tomorrow night, but this will be interesting to watch.

Ka-boom! NHRA Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon blows up brand new car body

Photo and video courtesy NHRA
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Former NHRA Funny Car champ Cruz Pedregon was a happy man coming into Friday’s qualifying for this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Mile-High Nationals in Morrison, Colorado (a suburb of Denver).

The reason Pedregon was feeling good was he had a brand new Toyota Camry body atop his Funny Car chassis. It was state of the art, it looked fast and it was prepared to run fast.

And everything really looked good as soon as Pedregon hit the gas in his qualifying run vs. Tim Wilkerson.

Well, for a few seconds, that is.

As the two drivers hurtled down the 1,000-foot drag strip, Pedregon’s brand new body was destroyed in a massive explosion.

Fortunately, Pedregon was uninjured.

Check out the big ka-boom: