Sunday, March 13, marked the latest Import Face Off, dubbed IFO, at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix Arizona. IFO is a sort of all-purpose event with drifting, drag racing, car show, and an audio competition. While the target demographic is imports, vehicles of all makes, models, and era’s are welcome and do attend.
The turnout wasn’t the strongest it has been in previous years in part due to the slightly high temperatures, but there were still many things to see and do under the warm Arizona sun. Spectators and participants came from all corners of the southwest to show and drive their sheet metal with cars in attendance from California, Nevada, Utah, and even Texas making an appearance, proving that IFO is a pretty popular event for enthusiasts and tuners alike.
Out on the drift track, it was a drifters delight as tarmac temperatures were high and grip conditions were slippery to say
Recently I had a particularly disturbing experience: coming off the heels of Scottsdale Auctions Week, someone told me that I talked about cars way too much. The comment stunned me, how could I talk about cars too much? They went on to say I had posted way too many photos of cars throughout the week and that my obsession with this 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB long nose at Gooding & Co. was borderline “gross.”
Automotive is literally something I eat, sleep, and breathe. To the extent that all of my favorite TV shows and movies include anything with performance driving and cool cars, favorite songs all have some kind of car reference in them. My news feeds across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are filled with car pages, car news, car events, car memes, and posts from my car friends sharing their car-related things. As if that weren’t enough, I am
Juan Pablo Montoya dominated the final laps of the 2016 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg to win the Verizon IndyCar Series season opener for the second straight year.
Driving the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, Montoya led teammate Simon Pagenaud across the finish line by 2.3306 seconds, with Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay placing third and Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves fourth on the 1.8-mile temporary street course.
“It was good,” said Montoya,“the Chevy was good all day. It was exciting to have a new paint scheme and come out and win with it. It’s just awesome. We started the year last year like this. I felt this morning we had a really good car and it paid off.”
The race saw just two full-course yellow conditions, tying a St. Pete record for fewest in a race. One yellow was due to a multi-car logjam triggered when the No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda of Carlos
I’ve attempted this column a million and a half times. I don’t know where to start because I’m at a complete loss for words. NASCAR was an incredible experience. I will just come right out an say it: I had never been to a NASCAR race in my life until I covered the Good Sam 500 and Axalta 200 over the weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. That’s right, my first real life exposure was as working media.
In case you didn’t know or couldn’t tell by our wide variety of content, at Car Street Journal we value diversity within the “car scene” so much so, that as journalists and photographers we challenge ourselves and work to bring our readers coverage of everything car related across the country.
My passion is Motorsports, so of course I couldn’t pass the opportunity to cover NASCAR.
Saturday was my first day of NASCAR chaos which came and went while