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AddIndyCar Series heading to NOLA for new Grand Prix of Louisiana

Most racing series compete on one kind of track or another, but not Indy. Its calendar is made up of NASCAR-style speedway races (generally, though not exclusively, identified by a three-digit number indicating the number of miles to be covered) and F1-style road-course and street-circuit races (typically billed as grands prix). And now, it's about to get another of the latter.

183NADA angers some by choosing Hillary Clinton as convention keynote speaker

Automotive News is reporting a serious backlash from car dealers regarding the North American Dealers Association's choice of keynote speaker for the annual industry confab in January: former first lady and secretary of state, Hillary Clinton.

12Stay in this converted 1918 gas station when you're in New Orleans

New Orleans has great charm, awesome parties and some of the best food in the nation. We highly recommend a visit. And if you want to add some automotive flavor to your trip, this converted 1918 Sinclair gas station would certainly do the trick.

392Kate Upton washes 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA in glorious slow motion for Super Bowl [w/poll]

Mercedes-Benz made news in December when we learned that Kate Upton, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition cover model, would be pitching the automaker's all-new 2014 CLA at the Super Bowl next month. With Mercedes determined to target a more youthful buyer for its stylish compact sedan, choosing a beautiful 20-year-old pinup seemed to make good sense.

32Watch these motorcyclists duke it out in hand-to-hand combat to decide a race winner

All other things being equal, motorcycle racing isn't meant to be a contact sport. Sure, the well-used saying 'rubbing is racing' applies here from time to time, but that's the exception, not the rule. And even in that case, it's the bikes making contact, not the riders.

20Mercedes-Benz snags naming rights to Louisiana Superdome

We want to be in that number when the Saints go marching in. And so does Mercedes-Benz, apparently, as the German automaker has acquired the naming rights to the stadium where the New Orleans football team plays.

AddV-Vehicle turned down for $321 million bid in DOE loans

Start-up automaker V-Vehicle Co. received news Wednesday that its bid for $321.1 million in federal loans was denied. The loans were considered crucial to getting the company on its feet.

AddXof1 solar car team victims of theft in New Orleans

Marcelo da Luz and his team, world record holders for the furthest distance traveled in a solar-powered car, have had their share of ups and downs on their journey across North America in the Xof1 (Power of One) solar car. At one point, the car was even mistaken for a flying saucer with little green men aboard. Sadly, after making it all the way to New Orleans, Louisiana, driver Marcelo da Luz was robbed of passports, laptops, credit cards, cash, a digital camera and a portable hard drive.

6Joy Ride Rally combines fun and fundraising

Click image above for high-res gallery by the author and guest photog Jason Thorgalsen

1The Auto Parts Store that Saved New Orleans

The following is an excerpt from an excellent post by Matt Robinson we ran across on our sister-site BloggingNewOrleans.

15VIDEO: Haunting drive through post-Katrina New Orleans

Blogging New Orleans, another new blog from Weblogs, Inc., posted this haunting video of New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. post Hurricane Katrina. The 20 minute show, uploaded to Google via Dean Bonner, shows remains of the city barely touched by the media. Unlike the similar Cleveland drive from BloggingOhio, Bonner’s drive, which is accompanied by music playing in his car at the time he video-taped New Orleans, evokes a decidingly different Zen-feeling.

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