The TACH Report: Universal Pictures Teams with Hogan in CART, NASCAR in L.A., 80 Entries for LeMans.

8 April 1998

Hogan Racing of the FedEx CART series has teamed up with Universal
Pictures to help the Hollywood film producers promote pictures and
products.  At the Long Beach Grand Prix Dario Franchitti's car was
painted with the T-Rex from Jurassik Park.  The company will also
paint Jeff Gordon's Winston Cup Chevy.

The Los Angeles Vintage Grand Prix--through the streets of that
city--is still on the VARA schedule for September 5-7.  It was
organized by Dr.  William Burke, the man who puts on the extremely
successful Los Angeles Marathon, which attracts about 30,000 runners
and elite proffesional thinly-clads.  The loquacious, much honored, feted, and super-self-promoting, good Dr.
--who has served on just about every important charity board, City
advisory committee, sports commission, etc (to a point where veteran Los
Angeles Times auto editor Paul Dean commented: "he has the titles of a
man twice his age")--says he also wants to put NASCAR stockers on the
tight Austin Healey Sprite-like downtown L.A. road circuit.  

In your dreams Bill.  

What happens to the vintage race date? Parking? Escape roads? TV
camera vantage points? Capable P.R.? Etc., etc.

The entry for this years running of the LeMans 24 hour race has hit 80
cars for the 48 available grid positions.  The organizers will stage a
May 3 runoff for the starters.  In the lead are the supercars from
Toyota, Nissan, Porsche, BMW and Mercedes.  There will also be Lister
Jags, Panoz, Saleen Fords, Callaway Vette and McLaren racers.

In F-1 the McLaren's controversial second brake system has been banned
from further competition.  So what? McClaren is miles ahead of the
other competitors.  Ferrari may have a few tricks coming up.

NASCAR has fined Ricky Rudd's crew two grand for the lead weight they
attached to the front of his Ford.  It fell off and clobbered Rusty
Wallace's car.  They also fined three of Rusty's crew members for
running on the track after the number 2 car crashed.

The world FIA GT Championship kicks off this weekend in Germany.  It boasts 
14 Porsche teams in the field, and five Chrysler backed Viper Coupes.

Another new race circuit for Las Vegas?  Some guys in Vegas, anxious to
snag a U.S. Grand Prix F-1 race for the city that never sleeps, have
proposed the building of a new road course near the Luxor Hotel at the
end of the Las Vegas gambling/casino strip.  Tommy Baker, the catalyst
for the deal, also proposes an IROC event with a huge purse.

Clint Mears, son of four-time Indy 500 winner Rick, is recuperating at
Rick's Florida home.  Clint crashed and sustained injuries during
practice for the March 15 Indy Lights event at Homestead, FL.

Speed costs money and so does viewing speedy events. Ticket prices for
the  Brazilian GP were $400 for the weekend.  For that race, The Red Bull
Sauber team brought 51 people to Brazil from Europe.

Dover Downs raceway just bought Penske Motorsports' Long Beach Grand Prix
stock and made $1 million on the deal.  Now LBGP becomes a subsidiary of
Dover Downs in June and LBGP head exec, Chris Pook is no longer the
man in the drivers seat.  He'll still direct the event in Long Beach.

Bill Maloney -- The Auto Channel

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