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Joy ride: Hitting the racetrack with Mario Andretti
Joy ride: Hitting the racetrack with Mario Andretti

Sitting behind Mario Andretti, I felt my stomach flip into my lungs as we lurched onto the racetrack at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Honda had offered me this once-in-lifetime ride in a two-seat IndyCar, with a legend at the wheel. The car was specially built to give observers a taste of the race driver’s viewpoint.   The G-forces shoved me back into the seat, even though I don’t think I actually moved. There was no room to slide. Before the thrill ride on Sunday, I had walked the perimeter of the course and studied the map along the Long Beach waterfront, where I have walked or biked 100 times. Suffice it to say it looks a bit...

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