• Apr 22, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery from this weekend's LBGP

American open-wheel racing just had a pretty big weekend, in case you missed it. While one era was beginning in Japan, another was ending at America's Monte Carlo. With reunification finally about to commence, the last Champ Car (nee CART) race ever was held at the street course in downtown Long Beach. While we've already told you the outcome, we also wanted to share some more photos. Although the race should be back on the schedule for '09, this weekend's race was truly the end of an era.

After 25 years of Champ Cars and their predecessors, next year's race will bring us a series that has a female driver who is an honest-to-goodness winner. And not only is she a winner (and a part-time swimsuit model), but she is pretty hardy too. After winning the race at Motegi, she and unfortunate runner-up Helio "Dancing with the Stars" Castroneves hopped on a plane and made it back to LAX and the LBGP by the time things wrapped up on Sunday afternoon.

While we didn't get any pics of Danica or Helio, we did manage to capture a few dozen shots of some of the drivers (mostly ALMS and Champ Car), and a few of the models too. Click below to check out some of the people that made this race weekend a memorable one.

All photos Copyright ©2008 Frank Filipponio / Weblogs, Inc.




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      • 6 Years Ago
      OOOH! Number 23, I would love to get to know her.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Zounds!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ai yai yai! I'll have the alpha female in #26 please. :D
      • 6 Years Ago
      I see boobs :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        ..everywhere. :D
      • 6 Years Ago
      To the chick in between her two silicon infused friends:

      Marry me?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I see Salo still has the same girlfriend.



      Hope his wife doesn't see that picture.
      • 6 Years Ago
      #19:
      One of Nelson Philippe's female friends has pink hair. Weird. Can't tell if she's cute. Is that her mom or something to the right?
        • 6 Years Ago
        the girl with pink hair is best friends with the ones with blonde hair.. blonde haired girls are mother and daughter and mother is dan pettit's wife (forsythe-pettit racing).. not a great sight upclose i tell you!! this is where the infamous saying "good from far but far from good" applies! ps: glad to be on autoblog, i am on here every 2 hours...
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 6 Years Ago
      You guys missed the best girls
      • 6 Years Ago
      Man these broads are fine!
      • 6 Years Ago
      goddamn, those two girls in that picture of them walking (pic 23) are extremely super-hot. and nice cleavage blonde chick. giggity.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I third the hotness factor of middle girl in #26
        (signed in just to chime in!)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Autoblog is becoming the new FHM magazine. Thumbs up for the post guys. Giggity.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The two in 23 go to all the ALMS races. I have seen them for the past two years at Road Atlanta and Sebring. The blond is silly hot.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'll agree with you there Mehul. Quite the beauty.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ahhhh, the only thing that's better than cars, girls...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I never thought I'd say this, but I suddenly have an urge for Tecate beer.
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