Uncle Joe Benson at the 2006 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
April 7 - 9, 2006: Uncle Joe Benson has been part of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach every April since 1986! This year he kicked things off with a Friday broadcast from Bubba Gump's Shrimp Company on Turn Two of the race course. On Saturday & Sunday mornings, he rolled through lengthy "20th Anniversary" Uncle Joe Meet & Greets at the KLOS Cool Patrol booth, where the Uncle Joe's Nissan 300ZX race car was on display all three days. The only thing missing at this Long Beach party was a cake!
(Photos by Jim Sleeper.)
Six different classes raced on the shore throughout the weekend —
some ultra-fast, others drifting & ultra-smokey!
As soon as the gates were open, Unc was rocking at
the KLOS Cool Patrol booth!
The Uncle Joe's Nissan 300ZX road racing car was
the center of attention at the KLOS Cool Patrol booth all three days.
Having fun on a sunny day with friends both old and new.
Kids of all ages loved getting in a real race car.
As usual, Unc joined Grand Prix announcers Terry Clanton and
Bruce Flanders on the P.A. during the race.
Denise Westwood broadcast her Saturday
KLOS show surrounded by Grand Prix scenery.
Telling stories and snapping photos.
Multi-time sports car champions Scott Pruett and
Frank Honsowetz stopped by to say hi and compare rides.
Meeting folks and having fun.
On the track, two-time Champ Car Champion
Sebastien Bourdais completely dominated the weekend.