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  • Kanaan's car to feature Taylor Swift paint scheme in Detroit

    May 27, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Add former Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan to the list of fans who just can't shake off Taylor Swift.A paint scheme of Swift will fill the space on Kanaan's car this weekend at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix as part of a promotion with her label, Big Machine Records. Kanaan will drive the No. 10 Taylor Swift Chevrolet in conjunction with her Saturday night performance in Detroit.

  • Piquet Jr. to skip X Games for Formula E race in Moscow

    May 27, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Nelson Piquet Jr. will skip the X Games to compete in Formula E, where he's a championship contender in the new fully electric racing series.Andreas Bakkerud will replace Piquet in the SH Racing Ford Fiesta at next weekend's X Games in Austin, Texas.

  • NASCAR penalizes 3 teams for infractions at Coca-Cola 600

    May 27, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR penalized three teams Wednesday for infractions at Charlotte Motor Speedway.Matt McCall, crew chief for Jamie McMurray, was placed on probation through Dec. 31 for a P2 penalty because the right rear quarter panel wheel opening had been modified after qualifying inspection for the Coca-Cola 600.

  • Indy 500 champ, rookie of year fined for race infractions

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indy 500 rookie of the year Gabby Chaves has been fined ,000 and put on probation for six races after hitting a crew member with his car in Sunday's race. Half of the fine was suspended.Series officials also fined James Davison ,000, with half suspended, and put him on probation for six races because of an unsafe release from the pit box that led to contact with two crew members.

  • Will Power poised to make 100th start for Team Penske

    May 27, 2015

    Will Power heads to Detroit this weekend poised to make his 100th start for Team Penske.The milestone race will occur Sunday at Belle Isle, which hosts an IndyCar doubleheader this weekend. It will actually be the 145th career start for Power, who began his career in 2005 with Walker/Team Australia and KV Racing Technology before joining Penske in 2009.

  • NASCAR: Biffle thinks Roush Fenway turning corner

    May 27, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Greg Biffle is not celebrating yet. But he believes Roush Fenway Racing is improving after a couple of down years trying to catch up to its rivals.Biffle had a strong two weeks at Charlotte Motor Speedway, capped by a second place in the Coca-Cola 600 - his best on-track showing this season. Throw in a fourth place in Charlotte qualifying and a win in his Sprint Showdown race to make the All-Star event two weeks ago, and Biffle has plenty of hope for better times ahead.

  • IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe released from hospital

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe was released from the hospital Wednesday, nine days after his wreck during Indianapolis 500 practice left him with a life-threatening leg injury.Series officials say the 28-year-old Canadian is expected to make a full recovery. He has not yet been cleared to resume racing.

  • Conor Daly to replace James Hinchcliffe in Detroit

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Conor Daly will replace James Hinchcliffe for this weekend's doubleheader in Detroit.Daly will drive the No. 5 for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports at Belle Isle Raceway on Saturday and Sunday. Hinchcliffe has been hospitalized since suffering a life-threatening leg injury during a crash practicing for the Indianapolis 500 on May 18.

  • Montoya earns .4 million for Indy 500 win

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Juan Pablo Montoya was all smiles at the victory banquet Monday night where he celebrated his second Indy 500 win in three tries.Also, tribute was paid to team owner Roger Penske for winning a 16th race at Indy.''You don't understand,'' the Colombian driver said. ''When you run for Team Penske, you're part of something bigger. When we win, we all win together.''

  • Gabby Chaves is Indy 500 Rookie of the Year

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Gabby Chaves was selected as the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year on Monday after finishing 16th in the race on Sunday.The 21-year-old Columbian-American raced in his first Indy 500 on Sunday and started in 26th position. He moved up as high at eighth place from the middle of row nine.

  • Montoya gives IndyCar the Indianapolis 500 it needed

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Extra! Extra! Juan Pablo Montoya still had to pay to read all about it.On a gray and blustery Monday morning, the Colombian spent more than two hours on the Yard of Bricks taking the customary Indianapolis 500 winner photos. His voice was shot, his mood soaring.

  • 176 people arrested during Indy 500 weekend, down from 2014

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Authorities say 176 people were arrested at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway over race weekend, mostly for alcohol-related infractions, marking a 17 percent drop from a year ago.Indiana State Excise Police, the law enforcement division of the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, issued 141 summonses for illegal possession or consumption of an alcoholic beverage from Friday to Sunday.

  • Edwards' Coca-Cola 600 win gives Gibbs much to celebrate

    May 27, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Joe Gibbs has had many special nights in football and auto racing. Few were bigger than Sunday's showing in the Coca-Cola 600.The head of Joe Gibbs Racing had plenty to celebrate: Kyle Busch returned to points racing and finished 11th; Matt Kenseth won the pole and ended fifth; and Denny Hamlin, the All-Star Race winner last week, fought for a title before finishing seventh.

  • Colombia revels in Indy 500 result, Chevrolet rules the day

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) There were surely some parties in Colombia this weekend.Juan Pablo Montoya roared back from some early damage sustained under caution to win his second Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, while fellow Colombian driver Gabby Chaves overcame some issues of his own late in the race to finish 16th in his debut.

  • Carl Edwards races to first victory for new JGR team

    May 27, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Carl Edwards was as much relieved as he was excited to win at Charlotte Motor Speedway. After all, joining Joe Gibbs Racing means big expectations that he hadn't met this season before the Coca-Cola 600.Edwards outlasted Greg Biffle to win NASCAR's longest race, getting his 24th career victory, but first time since leaving Roush Fenway Racing to become JGR's fourth entry.

  • Jack Beckman beats John Force in Funny Car final

    May 27, 2015

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Funny Car racer Jack Beckman finished off a record-setting weekend in the NHRA Kansas Nationals with a final-round victory over John Force on Sunday at Heartland Park Topeka.Beckman used a pair of 3.9-second runs to outrun Courtney Force and John Hale, and beat Del Worsham in the semifinals before powering past the 66-year-old John Force with a 3.984 run at 316.45 mph in his Dodge Charger. It was Beckman's second victory of the season and 17th overall.

  • The Latest: Carl Edwards wins NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600

    May 27, 2015

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:11:37 p.m. ETRace car owner Joe Gibbs said Denny Hamlin was treated for dehydration and released from the infield care center after the Coca-Cola 600.

  • The Latest: Truex, Harvick in mix as NASCAR 600 nears finish

    May 27, 2015

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:10:12 p.m. ETDenny Hamlin was leading the Coca-Cola 600 when he had to pit under green with 37 laps to go due to a loose wheel.

  • The Latest: Race leader Hamlin battling migraine at 600

    May 27, 2015

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:10 p.m. ETDenny Hamlin is hoping to become the eighth Sprint Cup driver to win the All-Star race and Coca-Cola 600 in successive weekends at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

  • The Latest: Truex puts skid on line as NASCAR 600 rolls on

    May 27, 2015

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:9:35 p.m.Martin Truex Jr. is looking to snap a 67-race winless skid in NASCAR's Sprint Cup series.

  • The Latest: Jimmie Johnson crashes at NASCAR 600

    May 27, 2015

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:9:06 p.m. ETRyan Blaney will not be helping Roger Penske win ''the double.''

  • The Latest: Truex battles with Busch, Harvick at NASCAR 600

    May 27, 2015

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:8:40 p.m. ETMartin Truex Jr. has 10 top-10 finishes in 11 Sprint Cup races this season but is still looking for his first win.

  • The Latest: 'Unknown Soldier' honored at NASCAR's 600

    May 27, 2015

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:8:13 p.m. ETSprint Cup drivers at NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 are paying tribute to fallen military members close to team members' hearts this weekend by listing the names of heroes on their front windshield.

  • The Latest: Sun setting, track changing at NASCAR's 600

    May 27, 2015

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:8:04 p.m. ETThe sun is setting at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which means the track will begin to cool forcing pit crews to make adjustments to the cars.

  • The Latest: Busch makes move to front at Coca-Cola 600

    May 27, 2015

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:7:20 p.m. ETKurt Busch, who had the fastest car in the two practice sessions on Saturday, has moved up to take the lead at the Coca-Cola 600 after 100 of the scheduled 400 laps.

  • The Latest: Keselowski leaves pit with gas can, gets penalty

    May 27, 2015

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:6:47 p.m. ETBrad Keselowski was sent to the back of the field on lap 26 at NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 when he pulled out of his pit stop with the gas can still in the car.

  • The Latest: Sticky foot on gas pedal for Carl Edwards

    May 27, 2015

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:6:38 p.m. ETCarl Edwards, who was running second early at NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600, has called in to let his pit crew know that he has some sticky feet.

  • The Latest: NASCAR 600 caps motorsports' biggest day

    May 27, 2015

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:6:18 p.m. ETAfter bagpipers played a stirring rendition of ''Amazing Grace,'' a serviceman played ''Taps'' on the trumpet and a flyover that brought fans to their feet, NASCAR's longest race got rolling at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

  • 17-year-old Kyle Weatherman wins ARCA race in New Jersey

    May 27, 2015

    MILLVILLE, N.J. (AP) Kyle Weatherman won the ARCA 150 on Sunday at New Jersey Motorsports Park for his first ARCA Racing Series, leading the final five laps in his road-course debut.''We've been fast everywhere we've been this year. We just haven't had the good luck on our side,'' Weatherman said. ''Finally, to have good luck on our side and to get the victory here is just amazing.''

  • Widow of "American Sniper" subject honored at NASCAR race

    May 27, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) The wife of ''American Sniper'' subject Chris Kyle was honored with the Stonewall Jackson Award at Charlotte Motor Speedway before the Coca-Cola 600.Taya Kyle was introduced to the crowd before NASCAR's longest race Sunday night.Kyle said her late husband became a NASCAR fan and a supporter of racer Dale Earnhardt Jr. after getting to go behind the scenes at an event as a former member of the military. The Stonewall Jackson Award is given out by the speedway for those individuals who demonstrate the highest standards of patriotism.

  • The Latest: Johnson, Harvick favorites for NASCAR's 600

    May 27, 2015

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:5:25 p.m. ETJimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick are among the favorites to win NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. They have combined to win the last seven Sprint Cup races on mile-and-a-half tracks.

  • Rahal leads Honda with fifth place finish in Indy 500

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Graham Rahal had the best spot possible to watch rival teams Penske Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing in a dramatic duel for victory in the Indianapolis 500.He only wishes he had the horsepower to make a run at them.While the two teams powered by Chevrolet kept swapping the lead in the closing laps Sunday, with Juan Pablo Montoya ultimately taking the checkered flag to give owner Roger Penske his 16th victory, Rahal was left to finish as the best of the Honda entries in fifth.

  • Dixon loses speed late and fades to 4th in Indianapolis 500

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Scott Dixon had his second Indianapolis 500 victory in sight and a powerful Chevrolet that led him to believe he could park it in victory lane.He could almost taste the milk.The speed that put him in front at Indy for more laps than any driver on Sunday failed in the end. Dixon settled for fourth place driving for Chip Ganassi Racing, missing his chance at another Brickyard win to pair with his 2008 title.

  • Rahal leads Honda with fifth-place finish in Indy 500

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Graham Rahal had the spot possible to watch rival teams Penske Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing in a dramatic duel for victory in the Indianapolis 500.He only wishes he had the horsepower to make a run at them.While the two teams powered by Chevrolet kept swapping the lead in the closing laps Sunday, with Juan Pablo Montoya ultimately taking the checkered flag to give owner Roger Penske his 16th victory, Rahal was left to finish as the best of the Honda entries in fifth.

  • Indianapolis 500 drivers manage to keep cars on ground

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Derrick Walker looked and sounded relieved after Sunday's Indianapolis 500.Five crashes, no serious injuries and no cars in the air - a good day for IndyCar's biggest race and a welcome one for Walker, who heads competition for the series.

  • Juan's World! Montoya beats Power for second Indy 500 win

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Juan Pablo Montoya insisted he had the best car in the Team Penske stable - even to his three teammates, who all believed they were legitimate contenders to win the Indianapolis 500.With the same confidence he showed 15 years ago when he routed the field, Montoya sliced his way through the field twice and won his second Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

  • The Latest: Juan Pablo Montoya wins Indy 500 after late duel

    May 27, 2015

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:2:53 p.m. ETRival owners Roger Penske and Chip Ganassi shared a hug after an Indy 500 duel for the ages.

  • Juan Pablo Montoya wins the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Juan Pablo Montoya wins the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.

  • Marcus Smith: Dad happier than expected with Hall selection

    May 27, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Bruton Smith said reaching the NASCAR Hall of Fame was worth the wait.''Well, we spent a year and half, two years waiting,'' the 88-year-old Smith said Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. ''But it finally happened.''Smith, founder and head of Speedway Motorsports Inc., said he had kind of given up on his chances of reaching the hall a couple of years back, but found himself tickled by his inclusion.

  • The Latest: Wreck collects 3 more drivers late in Indy 500

    May 27, 2015

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:3:20 p.m. ETAnother high-speed wreck has knocked three more cars out of the Indianapolis 500.

  • Indy 500 fans applaud Nabors successor Straight No Chaser

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The 10-man a cappella group Straight No Chaser won over Indianapolis 500 fans on Sunday with a harmonized version of ''Back Home Again in Indiana'' a year after ''Gomer Pyle'' star Jim Nabors crooned his final version of the ode to Indiana.

  • The Latest: Leaders pit as Indy 500 races toward finish

    May 27, 2015

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:3:10 p.m. ETThe leaders have pitted for what could be the final time in the Indianapolis 500.

  • Mercedes gamble costs Hamilton as teammate Rosberg wins

    May 27, 2015

    MONACO (AP) An ill-judged gamble by Mercedes cost Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton his fourth win of the season, gifting his teammate and rival Nico Rosberg a third straight win at the Monaco Grand Prix and putting him firmly back in the title race.

  • The Latest: Former winner Kanaan crashes out of Indy 500

    May 27, 2015

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:2:45 p.m. ETTony Kanaan crashed hard into the wall with just under 50 laps remaining in the Indianapolis 500, ending his hopes of adding his name to the Borg-Warner Trophy for the second time.

  • The Latest: Carpenter, Servia out of Indy 500

    May 27, 2015

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:2:45 p.m. ETTony Kanaan crashed hard into the wall with just under 50 laps remaining in the Indianapolis 500, ending his hopes of adding his name to the Borg-Warner Trophy for the second time.

  • The Latest: Carpenter, Servia

    May 27, 2015

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:2:20 p.m. ETEd Carpenter, the hometown boy and stepson of IndyCar Series founder Tony George, crashed out of the Indianapolis 500 when he attempted to pass Oriol Servia entering Turn 1 just past the midway point. Servia came down and clipped Carpenter's nose, sending both of their cars into the wall - and out of the showcase race.

  • SMI, Coca-Cola extend partnership 5 years

    May 27, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Speedway Motorsports Inc. and The Coca-Cola Co. have extended their partnership for five more years through 2020.The announcement came Sunday, hours before the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The agreement also includes retaining title sponsorship of Charlotte's Memorial Day weekend event.

  • The Latest: Kimball in top group at Indy 500 at midway point

    May 27, 2015

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:2:05 p.m. ETCharlie Kimball has worked his way to the leading group at the Indianapolis 500. Kimball is a diabetic who tracks his sugar levels during the race with a special monitor inside his No. 83 car. If his levels need adjustment, he can switch from drinking water to juice during the race. He was sixth shortly after the race passed the halfway point.

  • Verstappen insists Grosjean to blame for Monaco GP crash

    May 27, 2015

    MONACO (AP) Teenage driver Max Verstappen is making a name for himself in his first Formula One season for Toro Rosso with aggressive driving and a love of overtaking.However, the 17-year-old's performance at Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix will be remembered for a late crash as he tried to squeeze past French driver Romain Grosjean.

  • Conor Daly, Sage Karam make early exits in Indianapolis 500

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Conor Daly and Sage Karam understood the stakes of Sunday's Indianapolis 500.If the two young Americans could perform well at IndyCar's biggest race of the season, their careers could take off.Neither got a chance.Daly pulled off the track before the race even started after an overheated exhaust system caused a fire in his car. Karam hit the first turn wall when Takuma Sato tried to make it three-wide on the opening lap, knocking the two twenty-somethings out of contention before either could complete a lap.

  • The Latest: Another caution at Indy, this time for Clauson

    May 27, 2015

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:1:45 p.m. ETBryan Clauson brought out another caution in the Indianapolis 500 when he ran out of room and hit the wall near the front-stretch entrance to pit road. Clauson, one of the world's top sprint car drivers, was making his second start in the Indy 500. He had mechanical problems and finished 30th in 2012.

  • McLaren's barren run finally over as Button earns 4 points

    May 27, 2015

    MONACO (AP) It shows how far McLaren's confidence has fallen that Jenson Button's eighth place finish at the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday was greeted almost like a win.McLaren's worst ever start to the season meant it had failed to score a point in the opening five races, despite boasting two former world champions in Button and Fernando Alonso.

  • The Latest: Dixon, Kanaan, Pagenaud out front early at Indy

    May 27, 2015

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:1:25 p.m. ETOne of the crew members for Indy 500 rookie Gabby Chaves was taken away on a stretcher after the first round of pit stops, though it was unclear what happened to him.

  • McLaren's barren run finally over as Button scores 4 points

    May 27, 2015

    MONACO (AP) It shows how far McLaren's confidence has fallen that Jenson Button's eighth place finish at the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday was greeted almost like a win.McLaren's worst ever start to the season meant it had failed to score a point in the opening five races, despite boasting two former world champions in Button and Fernando Alonso.

  • The Latest: Indy 500 off to rough start for several drivers

    May 27, 2015

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:12:55 p.m. ETThe hits kept on coming in the early stages of the Indy 500.After a wreck on the opening lap knocked out one of the contenders, Sage Karam, and caused damage to the car of Takuma Sato, it appeared the Simona de Silvestro got into the rear of Juan Pablo Montoya while the caution flag was flying.

  • The Latest: Cheers for the drivers as Indy 500 nears

    May 27, 2015

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:11:40 a.m. ETMost of the grandstands were full an hour before the start of the Indianapolis 500, the threat of rain earlier in the week washed away and replaced by a perfect Memorial Day weekend.

  • David Letterman drives into retirement with Indy 500 tribute

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) David Letterman has a new No. 1 on his personal Top Ten list of reasons he loves the Indianapolis 500.The freshly retired Letterman was all grins Sunday as his IndyCar team paid tribute to the former ''Late Show'' host by putting a gap-toothed, smiling caricature of his face and (hash)thanksdave on driver Oriol Servia's yellow car for the big race.

  • Indy 500 fans give new traffic roundabout thumbs up

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Members of the a cappella group Straight No Chaser say they're more than ready to replace Jim Nabors in performing ''Back Home Again in Indiana'' before the start of the Indianapolis 500.Seggie Isho of the 10-man group says they practiced harmonizing the ode to Indiana at least 100 times in the two days before Sunday's performance to make sure they got it right.

  • The Latest: NASCAR star Jeff Gordon eyes Indy pace car duty

    May 27, 2015

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:11 a.m. ETAs the cars began heading to the starting grid for the Indy 500, four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon was trying to corner the drivers who were starting on the front row.

  • Pace driver Jeff Gordon says he will never race in Indy 500

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The closest Jeff Gordon will ever come to leading the Indy 500 will be in the pace car.Despite retiring from NASCAR at the end of this season, the four-time Sprint Cup champion said that ''The Greatest Spectacle in Racing'' will remain for him a dream, one he fulfilled in part by winning the Brickyard 400 and now by driving the pace car for Sunday's race.

  • The Latest: Mercedes botches F1 pit stop, Hamilton dejected

    May 27, 2015

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:4:15 p.m. Monaco (1415 GMT)Lewis Hamilton vows to fight back after being denied his fourth win of the season at the Monaco Grand Prix following a crash involving Max Verstappen.

  • Rosberg wins Monaco GP after crash hampers Hamilton

    May 27, 2015

    MONACO (AP) Nico Rosberg won the Monaco Grand Prix for the third straight year after a late crash involving teenager Max Verstappen undid Lewis Hamilton's bid for a fourth win of the season.Hamilton looked set to take his 37th career win after leading from the start, until the 17-year-old Verstappen rammed his Toro Rosso into the back of Romain Grosjean as he tried to overtake the Lotus driver.

  • The Latest: Rosberg with rare feat: 3 straight Monaco GPs

    May 27, 2015

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:3:59 p.m. Monaco (1359 GMT)Nico Rosberg has joined a very special group in winning the Monaco Grand Prix for the third consecutive time.

  • The Latest: Nico Rosberg wins Formula One's Monaco GP

    May 27, 2015

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:3:52 Monaco (1352 GMT)Nico Rosberg has won the Monaco Grand Prix for the third straight year after a late crash involving teenager Max Verstappen undid Lewis Hamilton's bid for a fourth win of the season.

  • The Latest: Teen Max Verstappen crashes out of Monaco GP

    May 27, 2015

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:3:30 p.m. Monaco (1330 GMT)Lewis Hamilton is now third late in the Monaco Grand Prix after a wreck.

  • The Latest: Lewis Hamilton rolling toward Monaco GP win

    May 27, 2015

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:Lewis Hamilton looks well set for victory at the Monaco Grand Prix after a clean pit stop for new tires.

  • The Latest: Radio talk crucial for Monaco GP drivers

    May 27, 2015

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:3 p.m. (1300 GMT)While drivers fight for position at the Monaco Grand Prix, Jules Bianchi fights for his life in a nearby hospital.

  • Latvala wins Rally of Portugal ahead of Ogier

    May 27, 2015

    FAFE, Portugal (AP) Jari-Matti Latvala won the Rally of Portugal after holding off Volkswagen teammate and two-time defending world champion Sebastien Ogier on Sunday.Latvala safely steered his Polo through the remaining three gravel stages to get his first win of the season after failing to score a point in the previous three races.

  • The Latest: Alonso handed 5-second penalty at Monaco GP

    May 27, 2015

    2:20 p.m. (1220 GMT)McLaren got off to a poor start at the Monaco Grand Prix with Fernando Alonso given a five-second penalty for nudging Nico Hulkenberg's Force India into the barriers.It has been a terrible season for McLaren so far, with no points from the first five races, and this latest incident came at the Mirabeau turn as Alonso tried to make his way through heavy traffic.

  • The Latest: Hamilton makes a good start at Monaco GP

    May 27, 2015

    MONACO (AP) 2:10 p.m. (1210 GMT)Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton made a clean start from pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix, holding off Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.It's a relief for Hamilton, who was starting from pole for the first time in Monaco and was coming off a poor start at the Spanish GP two weeks ago.

  • The Latest: Hamilton looks for 4th win of season at Monaco

    May 27, 2015

    MONACO (AP) 1:45 p.m. (1145 GMT)There's a simple reason why Lewis Hamilton is the favorite for this year's Monaco Grand Prix, aside from the fact that he's the F1 championship leader: he's in pole position.The tight, sinewy nature of Monaco's 3.34-kilometer (2.07-mile) street circuit makes it extremely difficult to overtake, and the past six winners and nine of the past 10 have won from pole.

  • The Latest: Film celebs, sports stars turn up at Monaco GP

    May 27, 2015

    MONACO (AP) 1:30 p.m. (1130 GMT)With the Cannes Film Festival a short drive away, celebrity spotting has always been easy at the Monaco Grand Prix.In the 1960s, it was film stars like Swedish actress Britt Ekland and British actor Peter Sellers who turned up. In more recent years, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio have all attended the glamorous event.

  • The Latest: Glitz and glamor typify unique Monaco Grand Prix

    May 27, 2015

    MONACO (AP) The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from the Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. We start with Formula One:---12:50 p.m. (1050 GMT)Glitz and glamour are part of any Formula One race, but never more so than at the Monaco Grand Prix, its showcase event where movie stars bump shoulders with royalty and sports celebrities - and hopefully take in some top-class racing as well.

  • Chad Head tops Funny Car qualifying in Kansas

    May 27, 2015

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Second-generation driver Chad Head topped Funny Car qualifying Saturday in the NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.Head took the top spot with his Friday run at a track-record 3.967 seconds at 316.15 mph in a Toyota Camry. On Saturday, the drivers got in one qualifying attempt before rain washed out the final session.

  • All-Star winner Hamlin confident in Charlotte double

    May 27, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Denny Hamlin's not sure he could be more confident coming into the Coca-Cola 600 with how he has performed the past two weeks at Charlotte Motor Speedway.Hamlin, the winner of the All-Star race last week at the track, held the lead late in the Xfinity Series event Saturday before getting passed by winner Austin Dillon and taking second.

  • Latvala leads Ogier at Rally of Portugal with 3 stages left

    May 27, 2015

    FRIDAO, Portugal (AP) Jari-Matti Latvala maintained his lead of the Rally of Portugal on Saturday with one day to go.The Finn kept his Volkswagen Polo 9.5 seconds ahead of teammate and two-time defending champion Sebastien Ogier after the day's six stages.

  • Austin Dillon wins Xfinity race at Charlotte

    May 27, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Austin Dillon passed Denny Hamlin with 15 laps left and won the Xfinity Series race Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday.The 25-year-old Dillon started on the pole and had the fastest car all day, leading the first 98 laps and 163 of 200 overall for his first win on his home track.

  • Xfinity driver Jamie Dick crashes Charlotte

    May 27, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) A week after metal went through his windshield and struck his helmet, driver Jamie Dick hit the wall hard Saturday during the Xfinity series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.The engine on the No. 55 Chevrolet blew up on lap 45. Dick turned sideways, hit the wall as smoke billowed behind and climbed out of the car.

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr has plenty of horsepower on Twitter

    May 27, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) NASCAR's most popular driver is now one of the most popular people on Twitter.Dale Earnhardt Jr. reached 1 million followers Saturday on the social networking site. The announcement came Saturday from (at)TwitterSports. Earnhardt responded on Twitter with ''A million thanks.''

  • Andretti family brushes off so-called curse at Indianapolis

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The roar rose from the crowd with the simple introduction of one of the Indianapolis 500's all-time stars.''The great Mario Andretti!''With that, thousands of fans before Friday's final race practice stood at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and went wild for the patriarch of one of racing's most storied families.

  • Hunter-Reay forgotten champion as Indianapolis 500 looms

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) When Ryan Hunter-Reay stood in Victory Lane after a thrilling last-lap duel with Helio Castroneves, he had a hard time describing just what winning the Indianapolis 500 meant to him.''I'm a proud American boy,'' Hunter-Reay said with a smile, ''that's for sure.''

  • Hamilton takes Monaco GP pole position ahead of Rosberg

    May 27, 2015

    MONACO (AP) Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton clinched his first ever pole at the Monaco Grand Prix after a strong drive Saturday while his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg will start from second as he bids to win the race for the third straight year.

  • French driver Grosjean hit with 5-place Monaco grid penalty

    May 27, 2015

    MONACO (AP) French driver Romain Grosjean was handed a five-place grid penalty at the Monaco Grand Prix because of an unscheduled gearbox change.Race regulations stipulate that drivers have to complete six consecutive races before they are allowed to change gearboxes. Monaco is the sixth race of the season.

  • Vettel posts fastest time ahead of Rosberg in 3rd practice

    May 27, 2015

    MONACO (AP) Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel posted the fastest time in the third and final practice session of the Monaco Grand Prix on Saturday, finishing ahead of Mercedes pair Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton on Formula One's demanding street circuit.

  • Indianapolis 500 finds women drivers in short supply

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Pippa Mann rattled off the list of body parts still aching after a brutal crash at Indianapolis 500 practice.Her right foot, her right ankle. Her ribs. She has more bruises than most fighters do after a few rounds in the octagon. Hobbled, yet hopeful, Mann is still in the cockpit, prepping for the most prestigious race in auto racing.

  • Even before Indy 500 begins, prep under way for next year

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) As much as the Indianapolis 500 strives to move forward, to go faster and push the limits just a little bit further, the Memorial Day weekend race remains steeped in its traditions.The bottle of milk. The Borg-Warner Trophy. The yard of bricks.

  • Gordon not ready for sentimentality at Coca-Cola 600

    May 27, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Sentimentality can wait. Jeff Gordon is not ready to focus on life after racing as his farewell tour arrives at the longest event on the NASCAR schedule.Gordon, in what's become a weekly line of questioning, was asked for his emotions running his last Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday night.

  • Hinchcliffe posts photo from hospital thanking safety crew

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) James Hinchcliffe was smiling and dressed in a hospital gown in his first photo since the brutal crash that knocked him out of the Indianapolis 500.Hinchcliffe posted a photo Friday on Instagram of him in the gown and yellow socks, hooked to a portable IV. He is sidelined indefinitely after surgery on a life-threatening leg injury that occurred when a broken piece of his suspension pierced his left thigh after a hard crash Monday.

  • Questions about safety hover over 99th Indianapolis 500

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) They call the Indianapolis 500 ''The Greatest Spectacle in Racing'' for its high speeds, rich history, enormous crowd and the take-your-breath-away competition.This year, IndyCar is hoping the 99th running of the event won't be a spectacle because of a serious on-track incident.

  • Karam takes drive toward Indy 500 in stylish pink Camaro

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Sage Karam needs a date - maybe even dates - for a busy social calendar stuffed with appearances at parades, autograph signings and one pretty big race.He's got his eye on a perfect love story, one that includes Taylor Swift.Karam wants Swift to headline next year at the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, so he can then strut out of victory lane with the singer one on arm and the other holding the winner's wreath.

  • IndyCar's Walker survives tough week with endless questions

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) As Derrick Walker strolled through the Indianapolis Motor Speedway garages one day this week, he was stopped by an old friend.Roger Penske, like everybody else, wanted an update on IndyCar's investigation into the safety of the cars. The topic isn't going away anytime soon for Walker, who has been enduring the toughest week of his two-year tenure overseeing competition in the series.

  • Indy 500 broadcast to introduce real-time telemetry to fans

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) During the broadcast of Sunday's Indianapolis 500, fans watching on television will be able to see just how much physical strain is put on a driver's body during the race.ABC has outfitted James Jakes and Sage Karam with sensors near the base of their hearts that will report real-time telemetry, including heart rate, respiration and calorie burn rate, as their cars careen around the speedway at more than 220 mph.

  • In Monaco, F1 officials make call stronger leadership

    May 27, 2015

    MONACO (AP) First there were strategy meetings to discuss how to make Formula One more exciting again. Then came a fan survey this week aimed at gathering even more ideas.What's still lacking, according to teams, drivers and F1 management officials at the Monaco Grand Prix this week, is strong and resolute leadership to actually carry through with the changes.

  • Single duty: Kurt Busch brings double lessons to Charlotte

    May 27, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) There's no bank of TV cameras surrounding Kurt Busch's hauler, no one monitoring his fluid intake to prevent dehydration, no golf cart waiting to whisk him away from NASCAR practice and off to Indianapolis. This year, Busch is glad to have his focus solely on the Coca-Cola 600.

  • Ganassi: Kyle Larson could someday start in Indianapolis 500

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Team owner Chip Ganassi is leaving the door open for rising NASCAR star Kyle Larson to someday compete in the Indianapolis 500.The 22-year-old Larson was signed by Ganassi as a developmental driver in 2012, shot through the Truck Series and Xfinity Series, and began racing full-time in the Sprint Cup Series last year.

  • Jack Harvey wins Indy Lights race under caution at IMS

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Jack Harvey won the Indy Lights race under caution Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Harvey won his sixth career Indy Lights race, and now has two wins this month at IMS, winning one of the doubleheader races on the track's road course.

  • Latvala leads Rally of Portugal after 2nd day

    May 27, 2015

    VIANA DO CASTELO, Portugal (AP) Finland's Jari-Matti Latvala took the lead of the Rally of Portugal after race organizers canceled one of Friday's seven scheduled stages because of a forest fire.Latvala steered his Volkswagen Polo to an 11-second lead over British driver Kris Meeke in second place with two more days of driving to go.

  • Rahal finally getting results, carrying standard for Honda

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Graham Rahal hears what people are saying about him.He heard it when people anointed him open-wheel racing's great American hope, or when the critics said he got a ride in IndyCar only because of his name. He heard the murmurs the last couple years that he'd lost his drive, that he was no longer interested in being the best.

  • Penske, Ganassi and Chevy dominate final Indy 500 practice

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Will Power ended the final practice session for the Indianapolis 500 up front - exactly where he doesn't want to be for most of Sunday's race.Power posted the fastest lap in Friday's hour-long session, which was free of any incidents and dominated by the Chevrolets from Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing. The Australian turned a fast lap at 229.020 mph to give Penske the session.

  • Manager: Schumacher improving 17 months after ski accident

    May 27, 2015

    GLAND, Switzerland (AP) Michael Schumacher's manager says the seven-time Formula One champion is still improving, almost 17 months after suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident.Sabine Kehm says in a video interview: ''We are happy to say still he does improvement and I say this always considering the severeness of the injury he had.''

  • Rally of Portugal cancels stage because of forest fires

    May 27, 2015

    VIANA DO CASTELO, Portugal (AP) Race organizers of the Rally of Portugal have canceled a stage on Friday because of forest fires.Organizers canceled the 27.53-kilometer (17.1-mile) stage around the town of Ponte de Lima near the northern border with Spain ''because of nearby forest fires.''

  • Ear problem knocks driver Carlos Huertas from Indy 500

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Carlos Huertas was ruled out of the Indianapolis 500 on Friday after failing a routine medical exam, and veteran driver Tristan Vautier was chosen to replace him in the No. 18 car for Dale Coyne Racing for Sunday's 99th running of the race.

  • F1 will invite companies to bid to become sole tire supplier

    May 27, 2015

    MONACO (AP) Formula One's governing body has invited companies to bid to become the sole supplier of F1 tires for a three-year period starting in 2017.Pirelli has been the sole supplier since 2011 and has a deal running until the end of next year.Governing body FIA wants applications by June 17, and candidates must meet technical and safety requirements to be considered.

  • For Kimball, racing competitively is all about numbers

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Race day is all about numbers for Charlie Kimball.He usually checks his blood-glucose level at least five times before climbing into his IndyCar. He follows a strict pre-race diet and uses a special in-car monitor to test his blood-sugar levels. After the checkered flag waves, he checks it again.

  • Kenseth wins pole for NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600

    May 27, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Matt Kenseth is hoping history repeats itself Sunday night at the Coca-Cola 600.Kenseth won his second Sprint Cup pole of the season Thursday night for NASCAR's longest race. He turned in a dominating lap of 194.252 mph at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the third round of NASCAR's knockout qualifying format.

  • Honda driver Rahal says Chevrolet has 'huge advantage'

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Graham Rahal knows which manufacturer is the one to beat in the Indianapolis 500 - and it's not his own.A Honda driver, Rahal has spent May looking up at all the Chevrolets ahead.''I definitely think come this Sunday, Chevrolet has a huge advantage,'' Rahal said. ''I think they appear to have more horsepower, when everybody is lifting in the corners and they go back to power, they always gap you no matter what. That's a hard thing to compete with.''

  • Logano: NASCAR can learn from IndyCar on safety crews

    May 27, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Joey Logano said NASCAR can learn something from the near-fatal accident involving IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe this week and the importance of having a regular safety crew at each race.Hinchcliffe's left leg was pierced by a piece of his car's suspension during practice Monday for the Indianapolis 500. The fast action of the series-hired safety team helped extract Hinchcliffe before he suffered catastrophic blood loss.

  • Tony George's push for softer walls likely saved Hinchcliffe

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) When James Hinchcliffe slammed into a wall at more than 220 mph, he hit an energy-absorbing barrier that likely saved his life. One of auto racing's most important safety developments, its origins began at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Tony George.

  • New dad Kyle Busch ready for racing

    May 27, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Kyle Busch says infant son Brexton can be anything he wants, even a race car driver. He just better be good.Busch's wife, Samantha, gave birth to the 7-pound, 10-ounce boy Monday and the Sprint Cup driver says the family is doing well. Asked Thursday if he wanted his son to follow in his footsteps, Busch joked he'd better end up with the checkered flag.

  • Logano says NASCAR can learn from IndyCar on safety crews

    May 27, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Joey Logano says NASCAR can learn something from the near-fatal accident involving IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe this week and the importance of having a regular safety crew at each race.Hinchcliffe's left leg was pierced by a piece of his car's suspension during practice Monday for the Indianapolis 500. The fast action of the series-hired safety team helped extract Hinchcliffe before he suffered catastrophic blood loss.

  • Jeff Gordon to join Fox as full-time analyst in 2016

    May 27, 2015

    Jeff Gordon will join Fox as a full-time analyst in 2016, teaming with Mike Joy and Darrell Waltrip in the three-man booth.Gordon is retiring at the end of this season and signed a multi-year contract with Fox. The four-time NASCAR champion is in 23rd full-time year in the Sprint Cup Series.

  • Indy 500 veteran Ryan Briscoe replaces injured Hinchcliffe

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Ryan Briscoe was home in Connecticut, getting ready to leave for France next week for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, when he received a call he had been anticipating.Ever since the devastating wreck that sent James Hinchcliffe to the hospital during Monday's practice for the Indianapolis 500, the natural assumption had been that Briscoe would step into the No. 5 car for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for the 99th running of the race.

  • Boston will host Labor Day IndyCar street race in 2016

    May 27, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) IndyCar racing is coming to Boston.The Grand Prix of Boston is planned for Labor Day weekend in 2016. A route has been planned for the South Boston waterfront, where it would make a loop through public streets. The tentative route has 11 turns over 2.25 miles.

  • Johnson 'shocked' NASCAR questioned side skirt issue

    May 27, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Jimmie Johnson said Thursday he was ''shocked'' to learn NASCAR was looking into whether his No. 48 team illegally altered the car's side skirts during last weekend's All-Star race.NASCAR competition officials reviewed the tape and determined Johnson's crew did not make an unapproved adjustment during a late pit stop at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Johnson's team was issued a warning by the sport's governing body but no punishment was levied.

  • Kevin Harvick on top heading to NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600

    May 27, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Kevin Harvick is right where he usually is when the Coca-Cola 600 rolls around on the schedule: On top and seeking even more success.The defending Sprint Cup champion leads the points race heading into NASCAR's longest event at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday night. He has won twice, marking the fourth time in the past five seasons Harvick will enter June with multiple victories. He is seeking his third Coca-Cola 600 win since 2011.

  • Drivers launch fan survey to make Formula 1 more exciting

    May 27, 2015

    MONACO (AP) Formula One drivers launched an extensive survey in 12 languages on Thursday as part of increased efforts to make the sport more exciting by seeking input from alienated fans.The initiative was officially presented at the Monaco Grand Prix by the Grand Prix Drivers Association, a group which includes four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel, former champion Jenson Button and retired F1 racer Alex Wurz, the chairman, who said the survey will take two weeks.

  • Indy 500 veteran Briscoe slides into ride ahead of carb day

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Ryan Briscoe will replace the injured James Hinchcliffe in the Indianapolis 500.Briscoe arrived in Indianapolis on Wednesday, just in time to get fitted for the car, and headed onto the track for the first time Thursday for a familiarization session. The former Indy 500 pole winner will practice in traffic for the first time Friday.

  • Jules Bianchi's father says son's condition "stagnant"

    May 27, 2015

    MONACO (AP) The father of injured Formula One driver Jules Bianchi says his son's medical condition is ''stagnant'' as he continues to fight for his life following a horrific crash last year.It was at last year's Monaco GP that the French driver secured a ninth-place finish, the best in the short history of the team then known as Marussia.

  • Hamilton posts fastest time in 2nd practice at Monaco GP

    May 27, 2015

    MONACO (AP) Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest times in the first two practice sessions of the Monaco Grand Prix, but it was 17-year-old Max Verstappen who caught the eye with a superb drive in the morning.Considering he had never driven before on the Monaco track, Verstappen's second place in the first practice was an outstanding achievement and underlined his growing reputation as a future star.

  • Hamilton posts fastest time in 1st practice at Monaco GP

    May 27, 2015

    MONACO (AP) Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest time ahead of 17-year-old Max Verstappen in Thursday's first practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix.Hamilton, who has won three out of five races this season and signed a new three-year deal with Mercedes on Wednesday, was .149 seconds faster than the Verstappen, who drives for Toro Rosso and was racing on the sinewy Monaco circuit for the first time.

  • Smith, Labonte head up NASCAR Hall of Fame class

    May 27, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Speedway Motorsports Executive Chairman Bruton Smith and two-time Sprint Cup champion Terry Labonte topped the newest group of five headed to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.NASCAR drivers Curtis Turner and Bobby Isaac and modified series champion Jerry Cook completed the hall's seventh class Wednesday.

  • Rugged month has Castroneves eager to chase 4th Indy win

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The specks of gray in Helio Castroneves' jet black hair tell one part of his legacy.While the Brazilian admittedly is on the back end of his career now, there's one way he feels forever young: Scaling the fence and sipping the milk in victory lane at Indianapolis.

  • Baby on board: NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski a father

    May 27, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski is a first-time father, welcoming a daughter this week.Keselowski's girlfriend, Paige White, gave birth to the couple's first child. There were no other details announced Tuesday.Keselowski, the Team Penske driver and 2012 Sprint Cup champion, tweeted his ''Dad status'' was two thumbs up.

  • Drivers set to ask fans how to make Formula 1 more exciting

    May 27, 2015

    MONACO (AP) Formula One drivers will ask fans for their views on how to improve the sport as part of an increased effort to make racing more exciting.The initiative will be officially presented on Thursday at the Monaco Grand Prix by the Grand Prix Drivers Association, a group which includes four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel, former champion Jenson Button and retired F1 racer Alex Wurz.

  • Hinchcliffe out of intensive care as recovery continues

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe was been moved out of intensive care Wednesday, two days after surgery on his left thigh and pelvic area following a frightening crash during practice for the Indianapolis 500.Series officials said the popular Canadian has made ''substantial'' improvement and is expected to make a full recovery without additional surgery. Dr. Timothy Pohlman, the surgeon who operated on Hinchcliffe, said the medical staff is pleased.

  • Drivers set to ask fans how to make Formula 1 more exicting

    May 27, 2015

    MONACO (AP) Formula One drivers will ask fans for their views on how to improve the sport as part of an increased effort to make racing more exciting.The initiative will be officially presented on Thursday at the Monaco Grand Prix by the Grand Prix Drivers Association, a group which includes four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel, former champion Jenson Button and retired F1 racer Alex Wurz.

  • Hamilton earns his '10 percent' after signing Mercedes deal

    May 27, 2015

    MONACO (AP) Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton joked that he earned his ''10 percent'' commission from himself after finally signing a new and lucrative three-year contract with Mercedes that he negotiated on his own.The deal was announced Wednesday ahead of this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, putting an end to growing rumors that the two-time F1 champion from Britain might join Ferrari next season to form a formidable duo with four-time champion Sebastian Vettel.

  • Monaco GP poignant for Manor F1 after Bianchi crash in Japan

    May 27, 2015

    MONACO (AP) With Jules Bianchi still recovering from life-threatening head injuries in a nearby hospital, this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix will be tinged with both sadness and fond memories for the Manor team.It was at last year's Monaco GP that the French driver secured a ninth-place finish, the best in the short history of the team then known as Marussia.

  • Lewis Hamilton signs new 3-year deal with Mercedes

    May 27, 2015

    MONACO (AP) Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton signed a new 3-year deal with Mercedes on Wednesday, ending rumors of his potential move to Ferrari.The deal was announced ahead of this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix.Since leaving McLaren in 2013, Hamilton has competed in 43 races, winning 15 and securing a further 11 podium finishes to replace four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel - the only other driver to beat him this season - as the sport's No. 1 driver.

  • Rosberg looks to pressure Hamilton at Monaco GP

    May 27, 2015

    MONACO (AP) Nico Rosberg would love to take the spotlight away from Lewis Hamilton at this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix with a third straight win on his favorite track.While Hamilton has just announced a new three-year deal with Mercedes on Wednesday, Rosberg will return to Monaco - where he grew up - full of confidence after his victory at the Spanish Grand Prix.

  • Chastain's No. 4 Xfinity team penalized after Iowa incident

    May 27, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The No. 4 NASCAR Xfinity Series car driven by Ross Chastain at Iowa has been penalized following a scary incident during practice last week.Crew chief Gary Cogswell has been fined ,000 because a weight flew off of Chastain's JD Motorsports car on Saturday. The ballast crushed the window of Jamie Dick, who was behind Chastain, and struck Dick in the helmet.

  • Drivers back IndyCar, wreck concerns remain for Indy 500

    May 27, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Looking no worse for wear a couple days after his car flipped through the air at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Ed Carpenter sized up next weekend's big race.After several scary accidents over the past week, will the Indianapolis 500 be more of the same?

  • Panthers LB Davis takes 5-lap spin with Earnhardt Jr.

    May 27, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Not a lot scares Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis so he was comfortable going a few laps around Charlotte Motor Speedway at 165 mph with NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.Davis, this year's NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year, was selected to be the honorary pace car driver for the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday.

  • IndyCar's Hinchcliffe thanks 'heroes' after scary crash

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe thanked the ''heroes'' on Tuesday who helped him survive a dangerous crash a day earlier at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Team owner Sam Schmidt was just relieved.One day after a broken wishbone punctured the popular Canadian driver's left leg, causing significant blood loss, IndyCar officials said Hinchcliffe was listed in stable condition, but was ruled out of racing indefinitely.

  • IndyCar's Hinchcliffe awake, communicating, girlfriend says

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) James Hinchcliffe's girlfriend says the IndyCar driver was awake and communicating Tuesday morning, less than 24 hours after undergoing surgery on his left thigh.Kristen Dee made the statement on her Facebook page and says the Canadian driver is ''doing amazingly.'' The post also thanked fans for support.

  • Oh, baby: NASCAR driver Kyle Busch is now a father

    May 27, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Baby on board.Kyle Busch and his wife have welcomed their first child, a boy born days after Busch returned to racing.Brexton Locke Busch was born Monday night. The NASCAR star announced his arrival on social media with a photo of wife Samantha holding Brexton as Busch kisses her forehead.

  • Lazier heads home after failing to qualify for Indy 500

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Buddy Lazier and his crew spent Monday cleaning out the team's garage and headed home.On Sunday, nothing went Lazier's way and he failed to qualify for a spot in the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.''We missed the whole day of practice, we were rained out the other day, we missed practice on Thursday,'' the 1996 Indy 500 winner said. ''You get a late start and you are a small effort, you are really going to be up against it.''

  • IndyCar's accidents have made a mess of the Indy 500

    May 27, 2015

    IndyCar had a crisis looming well before James Hinchcliffe was injured in another spectacular accident during preparations for the most esteemed race in motorsports.Three cars have gone airborne, and one of the series' most popular drivers was in the intensive care unit Monday night after surgery on an injury to Hinchcliffe's left thigh suffered when he crashed following a suspension part breaking. IndyCar said he was in stable condition.

  • IndyCar still trying to find answers to frightening crashes

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Questions concerning the level of safety headed into the Indianapolis 500 continued to mount Monday after James Hinchcliffe was injured in a crash.Hinchcliffe's accident was caused by a suspension failure, and his car spun hard into the wall before sliding back near the apron and nearly flipping over. It titled onto two wheels, then settled back on all four.

  • Hinchcliffe taken to hospital after another wreck at Indy

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe was in stable condition in the intensive care unit of a local hospital following surgery on his left leg for injuries sustained Monday in a crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.''Obviously we're relieved that James is awake and out of surgery,'' Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team owner Sam Schmidt said.

  • Scary crashes prompt series to slow down Indy 500 qualifying

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar officials slammed the brakes on significantly higher speeds at Indianapolis 500 qualifying.Instead of adding horsepower to the cars, they reined it in. Rather than allowing the fastest nine cars to compete in a pole shootout, they limited each driver to just one shot. And instead of posting the fastest pole speeds in nearly two decades, they brought them down.

  • Denny Hamlin benefits from clean air to win million race

    May 27, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Denny Hamlin intently watched the qualifying event for NASCAR's annual All-Star race and noticed, as has been the case in recent years, the driver out front in the waning laps was almost certainly guaranteed the win.As Greg Biffle led all 20 laps of the Sprint Showdown to earn a spot in the All-Star race, Hamlin understood that nothing about NASCAR's current rules package has changed. To win the million prize on Saturday night, he'd have to be the leader exiting Turn 2 on the first lap of the final segment.

  • Tim Wilkerson wins NHRA Southern Nationals

    May 27, 2015

    COMMERCE, Ga. (AP) Tim Wilkerson raced to his first Funny Car victory since 2011, beating Ron Capps on Sunday in the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.Wilkerson had a 4.318-second pass at 260.31 mph in his Ford Shelby Mustang for his 18th career win.

  • Dixon claims Indy 500 pole, breaks up Penske monopoly

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) One minute, Scott Dixon thought the numbers were a mistake.The next, he was sitting on the Indianapolis 500 pole.On one of the strangest qualifying days in Indy history, Dixon overcame rules changes, a revised schedule, the threat of rain and Team Penske's powerful four-car lineup to earn his second Indy pole with a four-lap average of 226.760 mph.

  • Buescher rallies to win NASCAR Xfinity race in Iowa

    May 27, 2015

    NEWTON, Iowa (AP) Chris Buescher pulled away on a restart in a green-white-checkered finish Sunday to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Iowa Speedway.Buescher raced to his first victory of the season to give Roush-Fenway Racing its fifth Iowa win.

  • BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

    May 27, 2015

    Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Sunday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT:- INDIANAPOLIS - Scott Dixon is on the pole and Will Power could be the one to beat in the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Start noon.

  • Qualifying delayed after Carpenter's crash

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar will require all cars attempting to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 to use race trim and normal boost levels Sunday after another frightening crash in practice.Series CEO Mark Miles also said drivers will not be awarded points based on their starting position for the May 24 race.

  • Ed Carpenter crashes during the Indianapolis 500 practice

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Ed Carpenter crashed during practice ahead of qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.Carpenter, who is trying to become the first driver to win three consecutive Indy 500 poles, spun into the turn two wall and flipped over before the car came to rest on its side.

  • Kyle Busch finishes 6th in NASCAR return

    May 27, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Kyle Busch finished sixth Saturday night in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race in his first event since breaking his right leg and left foot in a crash nearly three months ago.After getting penalized for speeding on pit road and later having to pit to fix a loose wheel, Busch worked his way back toward the front but was never in contention during the final 10-lap segment that ended with Busch's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Denny Hamlin, taking the million top prize.

  • Hamlin gives Joe Gibbs first victory in NASCAR All-Star race

    May 27, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Denny Hamlin has given Joe Gibbs Racing its first victory in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race by using clean air to hold off Kevin Harvick at Charlotte Motor Speedway.Hamlin won the pole for Saturday night's race, and was decent through the first four 25-lap segments. He headed to pit road in sixth for the mandatory final pit stop, and his No. 11 team got him back on track in first.

  • Penske wants Ryan Blaney in full-time Cup ride for 2016

    May 27, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Roger Penske wants Ryan Blaney to run a full NASCAR Sprint Cup season in 2016 with the Wood Brothers.Blaney, a Team Penske development driver, has been farmed out to the Wood Brothers for about 18 Cup races this year. Blaney has made four starts so far this season and finished a career-best fourth at Talladega three weeks ago.

  • Iowa poised to host NASCAR Xfinity race

    May 27, 2015

    NEWTON, Iowa (AP) In less than a decade, Iowa Speedway has established itself as one of the most important tracks for young NASCAR drivers.So, is it poised to make the leap to the Sprint Cup series like so many of the racers who've passed through its gates?

  • Cruz Pedregon tops Funny Car qualifying

    May 27, 2015

    COMMERCE, Ga. (AP) Cruz Pedregon took the No. 1 spot in Funny Car qualifying Saturday in the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.The two-time season champion had a 4.010-second pass at 313.95 mph in his Toyota Camry for his second No. 1 qualifier of the season and 59th of his career.

  • Indianapolis officials planning to renovate track

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indianapolis Motor Speedway is in a race against time.Officials are planning to renovate the historic track in time for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 next May. That doesn't leave a lot of time, given that there are races scheduled at the Brickyard in July and August and the construction won't begin until after those are run.

  • Speedway officials reverse course on tickets after rainout

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials found a way to rev up fans Saturday.They're giving them a second chance to watch qualifications.After initially announcing general admission tickets from the first day of qualifications, which was rained out, wound not be honored Sunday, speedway officials reacted to a fan backlash by reversing course.

  • Rain washes out 1st day of qualifications at Indy 500

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Ryan Hunter-Reay finished the rain-shortened first day of Indianapolis 500 qualifying in the same spot he finished last year's race - No. 1.Now he'll have to do it all over again Sunday.After Hunter-Reay posted the faster of two four-lap qualification runs Saturday, finishing with an average speed of 229.845 on the 2.5-mile oval, heavy rain washed out the rest of qualifying and both times from the completed runs.

  • Vautier taking over for Davison in Indy 500 qualifying

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Dale Coyne Racing is making a driver switch for Indianapolis 500 qualifying Saturday.The team is putting Tristan Vautier in the No. 19 car, which had been driven by James Davison of Australia. Davison is still expected to race May 24. Team spokesman Trevor Moore said the switch was made because Davison was scheduled to race in Canada this weekend.

  • Scary crashes can be harsh reminders about Indy's danger

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Josef Newgarden never experienced a scarier ride than this week at Indianapolis.First, he hit a concrete wall going over 200 mph. Then after his car flipped, he waited helplessly Thursday for it to skid to a stop -- his head barely dangling above the 2.5-mile oval's asphalt surface.

  • Kahne holds off Jones in 2nd-closest Truck Series finish

    May 27, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Kasey Kahne edged Erik Jones by 0.005 seconds in after a contact-filled, final-lap duel Friday night in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.Kahne, a Sprint Cup regular making his first start for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s new trucks team, passed Jones on a green-white-checkered finish that ended with his truck wobbling across the line a few feet ahead of Jones. It tied for the second-closest finish in Truck Series history and left Jones with a second straight heartbreaking loss.

  • Antron Brown leads Top Fuel qualifying

    May 27, 2015

    COMMERCE, Ga. (AP) Antron Brown raced to the Top Fuel qualifying lead Friday in the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals.Brown had a 3.758-second pass at 319.82 mph at Atlanta Dragway.''It was a great day,'' said Brown, a three-time winner in Atlanta. ''For us to come out of the box with a really good, solid lap, we've been shooting for that for a long time. We all know that we have our bumps and bruises with our new combination and we just have to work the kinks out of it.

  • Biffle, Bowyer win Showdown segments to make All-Star race

    May 27, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Greg Biffle and Clint Bowyer raced their way in to the million All-Star event, and Danica Patrick won the fan vote to complete the field for Saturday night's race.Biffle won the first 20-lap segment in Friday night's Sprint Showdown. The race was for all drivers not already qualified for the All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

  • Pagenaud posts best lap on Fast Friday at Indianapolis

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Simon Pagenaud was the fastest driver Friday at Indianapolis.If he can duplicate that feat two more times, he'll put team owner Roger Penske within striking distance of a May sweep.The French driver posted the best lap in Indianapolis 500 practice, going 230.698 mph late in the final full practice before qualifying begins Saturday. Scott Dixon of Target Chip Ganassi was second at 230.655, and Dixon's teammate, Tony Kanaan, was third at 230.457.

  • Spectacular crashes at Indianapolis raise safety concerns

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar manufacturers Chevrolet and Honda are taking a deep look into their oval aero kit packages following two spectacular crashes this week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.They haven't found a common denominator yet, though safety concerns continue to loom over the Indianapolis 500. The lingering image of three big crashes, two that sent drivers airborne, has many wondering if this already risky business is being compounded by the debut of the new packages on the series' fastest track.

  • Busch shows usual speed in recovery and on the race track

    May 27, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Walking gingerly, his mood upbeat, Kyle Busch climbed back into his race car for the first time in almost three months.He quickly settled into the No. 18 Toyota, got used to his new seat, and ripped the fastest lap in Friday's practice session for the All-Star race.

  • Ben Rhodes skipping commencement for NASCAR Xfinity debut

    May 27, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Ben Rhodes doesn't have time for his graduation ceremony. He is already poised to move on to the next phase of his racing career.The 18-year-old Rhodes skipped Friday's commencement at Louisville's Holy Cross High to make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut on Sunday at Iowa Speedway. Rhodes will pilot the No. 88 JR Motorsports car typically driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick in the first stand-alone race of the season for NASCAR's second-tier series.

  • Rhodes skip commencement for NASCAR Xfinity debut

    May 27, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Ben Rhodes doesn't have time for his graduation ceremony.He's already poised to move on to the next phase of his racing career.The 18-year-old Rhodes is skipping the commencement at Louisville's Holy Cross High to make his NASCAR Xfinity series debut on Sunday at Iowa Speedway.

  • NASCAR mandates fire safety gear after pit road blazes

    May 27, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) NASCAR will soon require pit crew members to wear additional fire safety gear after a recent explosive accident at Richmond.Three crew members were injured in a fire that erupted during a pit stop in last month's Xfinity Series race. Fuel spilled as the crew was servicing Brendan Gaughan's car and a spark ignited the blaze.

  • All-female team led by Legge aims for 2016 Indianapolis 500

    May 27, 2015

    Driver Katherine Legge has teamed with veteran motorsports executive Beth Paretta to form a race team that will attempt to build its organization around women and compete in next year's 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.The team announced Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be called Grace Autosport and it will encourage women to pursue careers in science, technology engineering and math in auto racing.

  • All-female team aiming for next year's Indianapolis 500

    May 27, 2015

    An all-female team might be competing at next year's Indianapolis 500.Driver Katherine Legge is teaming with veteran motorsports executive Beth Paretta to form an organization that hopes to be at the 100th running of the showcase race.Grace Autosport will champion empowering women in motorsports. Its push will be to encourage a new generation of women to pursue careers in science, technology engineering and math in auto racing.

  • Refueling to return, faster laps to make F1 more attractive

    May 27, 2015

    PARIS (AP) In a bid to become more attractive and win back disgruntled fans, Formula One will reintroduce refueling in 2017 along with more aggressive-looking cars, louder engines, and faster lap times.F1's strategy group - consisting of leading teams such as Ferrari and Mercedes, governing body FIA, and F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone - met to discuss the new measures this week.

  • Newgarden flips car in Indianapolis 500 practice

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Three big crashes in Indianapolis 500 practice this week have raised one big question. Are the new oval aero kits, along with speeds that have topped 230 mph, the cause?''We're still learning, to be honest,'' Helio Castroneves said. ''There are so many little details with the new aero kit that we're just starting now to go through that phase. My teammates are going through that phase as well and we're just starting.''

  • Rising tide of American drivers has given IndyCar new look

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Graham Rahal understands there's a world of possibilities for him in IndyCar racing.He comes from a prestigious racing family, has a celebrity fiancee and an identifiable primary sponsor. He embraces social media and isn't afraid to speak his mind. At age 26, he's visible, engaging and just starting to hit his prime. And if he can reach Victory Lane at Indianapolis on May 24, he could finally become the answer to the series' seemingly endless search for American stars.

  • Carlos Munoz hits 230 mph at Indianapolis as 2 cars crash

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Colombia's Carlos Munoz gave Honda a big boost Wednesday.He became the first driver to top 230 mph this month in Indianapolis 500 practice and finished the day with the fastest lap at 230.121 mph.Nobody else was even close. American Townsend Bell, who is attempting to start his first race this season, was second at 228.969. Tony Kanaan, the 2013 Indy winner, was third at 228.172.

  • Pippa Mann crashes during final hour of Indy 500 practice

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar driver Pippa Mann spun her car into the wall at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday, the second scary crash of the day during practice for the Indianapolis 500.The English driver was checked and released from the infield medical center. She lost control of her car coming out of the fourth turn, spun and hit the inside wall, then slid up the track and made a hard sideways hit with the attenuator in pit lane. She stayed in the cockpit for several minutes, but was able to walk away under her own power.

  • Darlington's wait: Old track prepping for Labor Day return

    May 27, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Darlington Raceway president Chip Wile acknowledged that he gets antsy at times watching tracks host two, three or four Sprint Cup races since the last time NASCAR showed up at his place.The payoff this Labor Day, Wile says, is well worth the wait.

  • Jimmie Johnson throws caution to wind at Kansas Speedway

    May 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) The image Jimmie Johnson has cultivated over the years is of a clean-cut, corporate pitchman, almost the antithesis of the ''good `ol boy'' drivers from NASCAR's colorful past.His conservative driving style has delivered six championships, one behind Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for most in Sprint Cup history. Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet is seemingly always in contention, whether he's running at Talladega or Bristol or somewhere in between.

  • Castroneves walks away from scary crash at Indy 500 practice

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Helio Castroneves started Wednesday's practice session by flipping through the air in a scary crash.He finished it by hopping back into the cockpit and taking 11more laps.It was a challenging day for the Brazilian star, who was docked eight points by IndyCar officials for a rules violation in last weekend's race just before practice started and spent most of the rest of the day trying to figure what went wrong on the first turn of his second practice lap.

  • IndyCar penalizes Castroneves 8 points after Indy GP wreck

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The IndyCar Series penalized Helio Castroneves on Wednesday, docking him eight points in the drivers' standings and blaming him for causing a wreck during the opening lap of last weekend's Grand Prix of Indianapolis.IndyCar said the Team Penske driver violated the rule on avoidable contact. Derrick Walker, IndyCar's president of competition and operations, said a review determined the ''actions of the No. 3 car (Castroneves) were the cause of the first-lap incident.''

  • Kyle Busch eligible for NASCAR's Chase despite missing races

    May 27, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kyle Busch is eligible to compete for the NASCAR championship despite missing the first 11 races this season.NASCAR announced Wednesday it has granted Busch a waiver that would allow the Joe Gibbs Racing star to qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

  • Honda's oval package could make Indy 500 different race

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Honda may finally have found a way to catch Chevrolet in the IndyCar Series.Racing on ovals.After watching rival Chevrolet dominate the first five races this season -- all on road and street courses -- the switch to Indianapolis' historic 2.5-mile oval is giving Honda a chance to restart with new aero kits that could spur a turnaround.

  • De Silvestro in another fiery incident at Indianapolis

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Simona de Silvestro was forced to make another quick fire escape at Indianapolis.Fortunately, she wasn't hurt.The Swiss driver who qualified and then drove in the 2011 Indianapolis 500 despite burns on both of her hands scrambled out of the cockpit of Michael Andretti's No. 29 car Tuesday after it burst into flames about two hours into practice.

  • Kyle Busch to return to car this weekend in All-Star race

    May 27, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Less than three months after suffering serious injuries when he crashed into a concrete wall at Daytona, Kyle Busch will return to racing in NASCAR's All-Star race this weekend following a rapid recovery his doctors called remarkable.

  • Karam leads way in 1st Indy 500 practice

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Ryan Hunter-Reay is more than ready for a change of scenery. He wants to move from road courses and set his eyes set on the first oval race of the season at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - the Indianapolis 500.''I'm so ready to be done with the road course right now,'' the defending Indy 500 winner said. ''I'm very excited to be back on an oval.''

  • Column: NASCAR's All-Star race has been a dud of late

    May 27, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) The lore of NASCAR's annual All-Star race has been building since 1987, when Dale Earnhardt's ''pass in the grass'' gave him the victory.That exciting third installment of the All-Star race was followed by plenty of stellar finishes - Rusty Wallace's 1989 victory over a spinning Darrell Waltrip in a race dubbed ''The Tide Slide,'' or Davey Allison's 1992 door-to-door battle with Kyle Petty that sent Allison to the hospital after he took the checkered flag on ''One Hot Night.''

  • European Sports Week in Photos

    May 27, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The battle between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg continued at the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday, where Rosberg dominated. Barcelona was a busy sporting city in the past week, with Lionel Messi and Barcelona in the spotlight a few days earlier when the city's beloved football team beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinal.

  • Horner says Red Bull cars not competing, 'just going around'

    May 27, 2015

    GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) After just five races, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner calls the season ''pretty much of a write-off'' with his team stuck in ''no man's land'' as it struggles with Renault engine reliability and performance.Although both drivers from Red Bull and its junior team Toro Rosso - also supplied by Renault - completed Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix without further engine problems, the race pace is still sorely lacking.

  • Rosberg finally earns 1st win of F1 season at Spanish GP

    May 27, 2015

    GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) Nico Rosberg finally got his championship campaign going on Sunday with a commanding win from pole position at the Spanish Grand Prix.Now the German hopes he can gain further ground on Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton at his favorite Monaco track in two weeks.

  • McLaren's woes continue as brake failure ends Alonso's race

    May 27, 2015

    GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) Fernando Alonso entered the Spanish Grand Prix hopeful of a top-10 finish to give McLaren its first points this season, only to complete less than half the race as a brake failure sent him back to the garage.The two-time Formula One champion's best performance this season remains 11th at last month's Bahrain GP. Things are looking bleak for McLaren, with Jenson Button finishing 16th on Sunday.

  • Health concerns force Foyt to focus on more than Indy

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) It's May in Indianapolis and A.J. Foyt is sitting quietly inside his motor home.He's balancing a checkbook, watching the news and talking about current events - not exactly the image race fans have of one of the world's top drivers on a warm, sunny afternoon at the track.

  • NASCAR gearing up for next generation of racing fans

    May 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) On a muggy Saturday afternoon, two children dragged their parents through the garage area at Kansas Speedway, intent on catching up to a hero they had seen only on television.They weren't after Jeff Gordon or Jimmie Johnson, though. They were after a giant, yellow Nickelodeon character - better known as SpongeBob SquarePants - whose name was attached to the Sprint Cup race featuring Gordon, Johnson and the sport's biggest stars that night.

  • Rosberg wins Spanish GP ahead of Mercedes teammate Hamilton

    May 27, 2015

    GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) Nico Rosberg has finally got the better of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton this season, winning the Spanish Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday to gain ground on the championship leader.Hamilton finished in second place and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was third.

  • Johnson stays on track during late caution, wins at Kansas

    May 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Jimmie Johnson stayed on the track during a late caution to take over the lead, then held off hard-charging Kevin Harvick to win the rain-delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway.Johnson was chased across the line by Harvick and Hendrick Motorsports teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon as the clock ticked past midnight into Sunday.

  • Truex leads Sprint Cup race back to green after rain delay

    May 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Martin Truex Jr. led the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway back to green Saturday night after a band of rain forced the race to be delayed by 2 hours, 16 minutes.The race was halted with 169 laps left just after a caution came out for Jeb Burton, who got loose and slid sideways for the second time. Most leaders went to the pits, but many drivers who were a lap down remained on the track to get back on the lead lap.

  • Yellow flag flies as rain begins falling at Kansas Speedway

    May 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Martin Truex Jr. raced to the front of the Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway on Saturday night before a band of rain brought out the yellow flag with 169 laps to go.The 267-lap race was delayed just after a caution came out for Jeb Burton, who got loose and slid sideways for the second time. Most leaders went to the pits, but many drivers who were a lap down remained on the track to get back on the lead lap.

  • Power-packed race gives Penske 1st Grand Prix win at Indy

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Will Power came to Indianapolis chasing more than a double. He wants a clean sweep.After Saturday, the defending IndyCar champion is halfway home.Power led 65 of 82 laps in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, holding off Graham Rahal for his first win of the season and first at the famed Brickyard.

  • Allmendinger signs extension with JTG Daugherty through 2020

    May 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) In a cutthroat sport where sponsors come and go, and somebody is always trying to take your ride, A.J. Allmendinger has found a long-term home with JTG Daugherty Racing.The driver signed a five-year contract extension to remain with the single-car team in NASCAR's Sprint Cup series. The deal through the 2020 season comes just over a week after Kroger announced it would increase its primary sponsorship for the No. 47 car.

  • Alonso is sure eye infection won't stop him racing in Spain

    May 27, 2015

    GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) Fernando Alonso is confident he can race freely in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix despite an ongoing eye infection.The two-time Formula One champion has been wearing sunglasses during news conferences this weekend because of a stye - which is a swelling - to protect his eyes from artificial light.

  • Sainz Jr. 5th in qualifying in front of Spanish fans

    May 27, 2015

    GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) Although Fernando Alonso continues to struggle, home fans got something to cheer about at the Spanish Grand Prix as Carlos Sainz Jr. qualified in a season's best fifth place for Sunday's race.The 20-year-old Spaniard is the son of two-time world rally champion Carlos Sainz, and has started his Formula One career with Toro Rosso in confident style.

  • Rosberg takes pole position for Spanish GP ahead of Hamilton

    May 27, 2015

    GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) Nico Rosberg will go for his first win of the season from pole position at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday after finally ending teammate Lewis Hamilton's run of four consecutive poles in qualifying.Rosberg, runner-up to Hamilton in Formula One last year, had the fastest time in two of the three practice sessions, and carried that form with a dynamic drive in qualifying. The German finished 0.267 seconds clear of Hamilton, and 0.777 ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

  • Catalayuna F1 circuit signs contract extension until 2019

    May 27, 2015

    GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) The Catalunya circuit will continue to host races until 2019 after signing a three-year contract extension.The track, which is located on the outskirts of Barcelona and is also used for pre-season testing, will host its 25th race this weekend.

  • Rosberg fastest ahead of Vettel, Hamilton in 3rd practice

    May 27, 2015

    GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) Nico Rosberg posted the fastest time in the third and final practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday, finishing ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.Hamilton, the defending champion and current overall leader, bids for his fifth straight pole position of the season later Saturday.

  • Crafton conserves enough fuel to win Trucks Series race

    May 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Matt Crafton conserved just enough fuel while the leaders kept running out in the final laps to win the NASCAR Trucks Series race at Kansas Speedway on Friday night.All the trucks were forced to pit with 55 laps remaining, just on the upper end of the fuel window, when Ray Black Jr. blew his engine after a long green-flag run.

  • Logano wins pole for Saturday night race at Kansas Speedway

    May 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Joey Logano will start at Kansas Speedway right where he left off.The winner of last fall's Chase race drove his No. 22 Ford to a fast lap of 192.397 mph in the final qualifying round Friday, easily topping Kasey Kahne and Brad Keselowski to earn the pole for the Sprint Cup race Saturday night.

  • Gordon arrives at Kansas Speedway looking for victory lane

    May 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Jeff Gordon has been fast this year just about every time he climbs into that car. He has had promising runs just about every time he's taken the green flag.He is still trying to find his way victory lane.Good thing the Sprint Cup series is at Kansas Speedway this weekend. Gordon knows exactly where to find it, winning the first two races ever held there and again last spring.

  • Team Penske stays dominant, puts Will Power on Indy GP pole

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Team Penske is overpowering the competition in Indianapolis - again.Now it's looking to make some more history.Defending series champ Will Power broke the Grand Prix of Indianapolis qualifying record twice Friday, completing the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in 1 minute, 9.4886 seconds to earn his second pole of the season. He beat Scott Dixon by 0.227 seconds and led a pack of four Penske cars that qualified in the top five for Saturday's race in what could be the first step to pulling off the first May double.

  • Xfinity driver McClure family has sixth daughter, new ride

    May 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) On the same day Eric McClure's wife gave birth to their sixth daughter, JGL Racing announced that it was parting ways with the driver of its No. 24 car in the Xfinity Series.McClure had driven for JGL in the first nine races of the season.

  • Edwards speaks with NASCAR about chaotic Talladega finish

    May 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Carl Edwards spoke with NASCAR President Mike Helton on Friday about the finish of last week's race at Talladega, which ended under green despite a massive wreck.Edwards was hit by Casey Mears, causing his No. 19 Toyota to spin sideways. Several drivers sped past him down the backstretch as they fought for position on the final lap - creating what Edwards thought was an unnecessarily dangerous situation.

  • Team Penske extends streak by putting Power on Indy pole

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Defending IndyCar champion Will Power won the pole for Saturday's Grand Prix of Indianapolis with a new qualifying record.The Australian star completed the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course Friday in 1 minute, 9.4866 seconds, breaking a mark he set a few minutes earlier in the second of three rounds of qualifications.

  • Edwards speaks with Helton about chaotic Talladega finish

    May 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Carl Edwards spoke with NASCAR president Mike Helton on Friday about the finish of last week's race at Talladega, which ended under green despite a massive wreck.Edwards was hit by Casey Mears, causing his No. 19 Toyota to spin sideways. Several drivers zipped past him down the backstretch as they fought for position on the final lap.

  • Colts punter McAfee to drive pace car for Grand Prix of Indy

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Colts punter Pat McAfee has been selected as the pace car driver for Saturday's Grand Prix of Indianapolis.McAfee is coming off of his first Pro Bowl appearance and will spend Friday evening getting a driving tutorial from two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk.

  • Fire wipes out 4 backup cars for Leavine Family Racing

    May 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) A fire that broke out at Leavine Family Racing's facility in North Carolina early Friday damaged four backup cars, including one that the team uses on road courses.The team, which fields the No. 95 Ford for Michael McDowell, had arrived at Kansas Speedway for this weekend's Sprint Cup race when it received word that a fire had broken out in the back of its race shop in Concord, North Carolina. Nobody was hurt in the blaze.

  • Newman remains focused after NASCAR upholds RCR penalties

    May 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Ryan Newman is confident his ''B team'' will deliver this weekend at Kansas Speedway after NASCAR upheld the penalties levied against Richard Childress Racing for manipulating his tires.Newman arrived for Saturday night's Sprint Cup race without crew chief Luke Lambert, an engineer and a tire specialist. All of them are serving a six-race suspension after NASCAR found that they had intentionally altered his tires during the March race at California.

  • Hamilton quickest in 2nd practice ahead of Vettel, Rosberg

    May 27, 2015

    GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest time in the second practice session Friday at the Spanish Grand Prix, taking over from teammate Nico Rosberg after he was quickest in the morning on another dominant day for Mercedes.Hamilton, who leads Rosberg by 27 points and Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel by 28, was .408 seconds faster than Vettel and .764 ahead of Rosberg in the afternoon.

  • Susie Wolff hungry to earn a place in Formula One

    May 27, 2015

    GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) Susie Wolff is sure that she is good enough to start a Formula One race, even if her chances are slim.The 32-year-old British driver, who is a development driver for Williams this season, placed 14th in Friday's first practice session at the Spanish Grand Prix.

  • Rosberg quickest ahead of Mercedes teammate Hamilton

    May 27, 2015

    GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) Nico Rosberg posted the fastest time ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in the first practice session of the Spanish Grand Prix on Friday.Rosberg, who is second in the standings behind defending champion Hamilton, clocked a best lap of 1 minute, 26.828 seconds - putting him .070 seconds clear.

  • Defending champion schedule keeping Pagenaud busy at Indy

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Simon Pagenaud was eager to start driving Thursday.After spending most of this week in Indianapolis filling media requests and doing sponsorship appearances, the defending champion of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis can finally focus on racing with Team Penske.

  • Suarez, Jones showing off youth in Joe Gibbs Racing stable

    May 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) It will be hard to miss the future of Joe Gibbs Racing this weekend.Start off with Friday night's Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway, where Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones will be taking the green flag. Both youngsters are driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, but they also drive in the Xfinity Series for Joe Gibbs.

  • Thankful Alonso to treat medical staff to dinner in Spain

    May 27, 2015

    GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) Back at the track where he was concussed in the preseason, Fernando Alonso has promised to thank the medical personnel who treated him by taking them out to dinner after the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday.The 33-year-old Spaniard crashed at the Circuit de Catalunya in February during a second test session. The McLaren driver missed the third and final test session and the season-opening race in Australia the following month as his recovery took longer than anticipated.

  • Rosberg hoping to build momentum at Spanish GP

    May 27, 2015

    GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) Encouraged by his performance at the Bahrain Grand Prix three weeks ago, Nico Rosberg hopes he can get his faltering title bid firmly under way at this weekend's Spanish GP.Although Rosberg finished third in Bahrain, braking problems late on deprived him of second place and the German driver was at his aggressive best at times with some fine overtaking moves.

  • NASCAR star Clint Bowyer takes cuts with Kansas City Royals

    May 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The first thing Ned Yost asked Clint Bowyer when the Royals manager called the NASCAR driver into his office Wednesday night was for some much-needed help with his lineup.His fantasy racing lineup.Bowyer pointed out that Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick have been dominating on the 1 1/2-mile tracks lately, and Jeff Gordon always runs well at Kansas Speedway. But Bowyer must not have made a case for himself for Saturday night's Sprint Cup race just across the state line.

  • NASCAR appeals officer upholds penalties against RCR

    May 27, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR's final appeals officer upheld penalties levied against Richard Childress Racing for intentionally manipulating Ryan Newman's tires in March.The decision of Final Appeals Officer Bryan Moss is final. He ruled Wednesday there was ''a preponderance of evidence'' that RCR manipulated the tires.

  • Race organizers shake up May schedule in Indianapolis

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Helio Castroneves feels like the good old days are coming back to Indianapolis.The new IndyCar aero kits have distinctively different looks, fans are talking again about increased speeds and possible bumping for the Indianapolis 500 and the drivers have booked almost the entire month for the historic Brickyard. The three-time Indianapolis 500 champion believes this is how the month of May should be.

  • Johnson denies he allowed Earnhardt to win Talladega

    May 27, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Fans of Dale Earnhardt Jr. have spent the last four years believing that Jimmie Johnson owed his teammate a favor for pushing Johnson to the win at Talladega Superspeedway in 2011.Some felt the payback finally came Sunday when Johnson was accused of ''letting'' Earnhardt win Talladega. The notion grew out of the final 20-plus laps of the race, run mostly as a single-file parade with Earnhardt leading and Johnson following in second.

  • At Indy, Castroneves celebrates 300th race, 40th birthday

    May 27, 2015

    SAO PAULO (AP) Indianapolis Motor Speedway will feel more special than usual to Helio Castroneves this weekend.The three-time Indy 500 winner is at the track to participate in his 300th IndyCar race, joining a group that includes some of the sport's greatest names. He will reach the milestone at the Indianapolis Grand Prix on Saturday, a day before turning 40.

  • Pole is key to stopping Lewis Hamilton at Spanish GP

    May 27, 2015

    GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) Lewis Hamilton will be looking for his fourth win of the season at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix, and it will be hard to stop the defending world champion if he gets another pole position on a Catalunya track where overtaking is notoriously difficult.

  • Chase Elliott gets NAPA sponsorship on No. 24 car in 2016

    May 27, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Chase Elliott is bringing NAPA's sponsorship with him to the Sprint Cup Series.Hendrick Motorsports announced Wednesday that NAPA has signed a three-year deal to be the majority sponsor for Elliott, who will replace four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 Chevrolet next season.

  • Petty hires Kevin Manion to crew chief Sam Hornish Jr.

    May 27, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Richard Petty Motorsports has hired Kevin ''Bono'' Manion to crew chief Sam Hornish Jr. beginning this weekend at Kansas Speedway.Manion replaces Drew Blickensderfer, who has been offered another position in the organization.Manion was the crew chief for Jamie McMurray in 2010 when the duo won the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400. Manion has five wins as a crew chief in the Sprint Cup Series and 15 wins in the Xfinity Series.

  • Abreu headlines NASCAR's 2015 class of 'Next' stars

    May 27, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Rico Abreu, the reigning USAC national champion and winner of this year's Chili Bowl, was among the 12 drivers named to NASCAR's latest ''Next'' class on Tuesday.The Next program, which is designed to spotlight NASCAR's emerging stars, has included in its previous four classes 2014 Sprint Cup rookie of the year Kyle Larson and reigning Xfinity Series champion Chase Elliott. The class also includes for a second year Cole Custer, who became NASCAR's youngest national winner last season at age 16 with his Truck Series victory at New Hampshire.

  • Foyt hires former pole winner Tagliani to race in Indy 500

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) A.J. Foyt has hired Alex Tagliani as his third driver for this year's Indianapolis 500.The 41-year-old Canadian won the Indy pole in 2011 and finished the race 13th last year, driving for Sarah Fisher's team. That was his last IndyCar start.

  • Abreu headlines NASCAR's 2015 class of "Next" stars

    May 27, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Rico Abreu, the reigning USAC national champion and winner of this year's Chili Bowl, is among the 12 drivers named to NASCAR's latest ''Next'' class.The Next program is designed to spotlight NASCAR's emerging stars, and has included in its previous four classes 2014 Sprint Cup rookie of the year Kyle Larson and reigning Xfinity Series champion Chase Elliott.

  • Column: Earnhardt back in victory lane and happier than ever

    May 27, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) There was a nearly five-year period for Dale Earnhardt Jr. when being a famous race car driver wasn't all glitz and glamour.He was a non-factor on the race track, barely even contended at Daytona and Talladega, the two places he was supposed to be unbeatable, and he is the first to admit his confidence had crumbled.

  • Westbrook, Valiante win IMSA Tudor race at Monterey

    May 27, 2015

    MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante won the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship's Monterey Grand Prix on Sunday at Mazda Raceway to take the series lead.Westbrook finished in the No. 90 VisitFlorida.com Racing Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype, beating the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP driven by brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor by 1.351 seconds.

  • Earnhardt crew chief stays put on injured daughter's orders

    May 27, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s crew chief, Greg Ives, couldn't get clearance to head home after his daughter broke her arm.It was fine with his driver, but 8-year-old Payton Ives would have none of that. She had surgery Saturday night to repair a broken arm, leaving the proud dad marveling at her toughness even as he celebrated Earnhardt's victory Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.

  • Jeff Gordon's costly mistake helps ruin weekend at Talladega

    May 27, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Jeff Gordon's mistake on pit road helped sour a promising weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.Penalized for speeding on pit road, Gordon was dropped back to 30th for the final restart Sunday after spending much of the race up front.

  • Edwards and Kenseth question lack of caution at end of race

    May 27, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth were both frustrated with the end of the Sprint Cup race Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, where NASCAR's decision not to throw a caution allowed drivers to speed past Edwards' spinning car.Edwards was spun heading into the first turn of the last lap and his Toyota slid twice toward the grass and twice back onto the track. NASCAR didn't call a caution, which Edwards said allowed other drivers to pass him at high speeds as his car was out of control.

  • Montoya fastest on opening day of Indy tests

    May 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Juan Pablo Montoya topped the speed chart at 226.772 mph Sunday in the first day of testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves was second at 226.468, and Simon Pagenaud gave the team three of the top with a fifth-place mark of 225.641.

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. cruises to 1st Talladega win since 2004

    May 27, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. cruised to his first win of the season at an old familiar place that has always been good to his family.Earnhardt won Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway in front of an adoring crowd that gave him a rousing ovation as he pumped his fist outside the car window during a slow victory lap.

  • NASCAR briefly halts race after 15-car accident at Talladega

    May 27, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) NASCAR was forced to briefly stop Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway to clean up after a 15-car accident.The accident occurred 47 laps into the race when Paul Menard attempted to pass Trevor Bayne on the outside of a three-wide pack of cars. Kurt Busch was following closely on Bayne's bumper, and the aerodynamics from Menard on the outside and Busch behind him caused Bayne's car to snap around.

  • Ole Miss coach gets firsthand taste of Talladega speed

    May 27, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Hugh Freeze knows a little something about speed and about NASCAR.The Mississippi football coach uses NASCAR terms to describe the various tempos of his no-huddle offense. The fastest: Talladega.Freeze drove the pace car for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, where pal Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was among the drivers. He said he's been a NASCAR fan since the early 1990s, pulling for Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Now, he roots hardest for Stenhouse and Danica Patrick, Stenhouse's girlfriend.

  • NASCAR briefly halts race after 14-car accident at Talladega

    May 27, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) NASCAR was forced to briefly stop Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway to clean up after a 15-car accident.The accident occurred 47 laps into the race when Paul Menard attempted to pass Trevor Bayne on the outside of a three-wide pack of cars. Kurt Busch was following closely on Bayne's bumper, and the aerodynamics from Menard on the outside and Busch behind him caused Bayne's car to snap around.

  • Jordan Taylor takes pole in Monterey

    May 27, 2015

    MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) Jordan Taylor took the pole position Saturday for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship's Monterey Grand Prix on Sunday at Mazda Raceway.Coming off a victory April 18 in Long Beach, Taylor turned a lap in 1 minute, 18.718 seconds in the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype that he shares with brother Ricky.

  • Joey Logano uses big block on last lap to win Xfinity race

    May 27, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Joey Logano picked up his third Xfinity Series win of the season by throwing a big block on the final lap at Talladega Superspeedway.Logano was the leader on a restart with eight laps remaining Saturday. He had Elliott Sadler hooked to his bumper as drivers jockeyed for position.

  • ARCA driver Brad Smith has surgery on both ankles

    May 27, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) ARCA driver Brad Smith underwent surgery on both of his ankles following a crash at Talladega Superspeedway.Smith was injured late in Friday's race when another car spun in front of him. He tried to drive through the accident scene but struck the other car, and the contact sent him directly into an inside wall.

  • Jeff Gordon leads Hendrick in pole-winning run at Talladega

    May 27, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) In this farewell season for Jeff Gordon, he continues to seize every moment both on and off the track.Gordon won the 80th pole of his career Saturday with a blistering lap around Talladega Superspeedway, where he's a six-time race winner.

  • Blake Jones claims first ARCA win at Talladega Superspeedway

    May 27, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Blake Jones took the lead on a green-white checkered restart Friday night and won the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 for his first victory in the ARCA Racing Series.The 18-year-old Jones passed teammate Tom Hessert, who led most of the way before running out of gas, after the second restart in the final three laps. Jones had been on the outside lane for the restarts at Talladega Superspeedway.

  • Roush Fenway's Stenhouse, Biffle lead practice sessions

    May 27, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) The slumping Roush Fenway Racing organization got a slight boost Friday when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Greg Biffle paced the field in a pair of practice sessions at Talladega Superspeedway.Stenhouse turned in the fastest lap at 200.780 mph in the first session Friday, and Biffle topped the second at 197.859.

  • Harvick thinks a shakeup to NASCAR schedule would help sport

    May 27, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) If Kevin Harvick ran NASCAR, he has decided ideas on how to move the sport forward.The reigning Sprint Cup champion would shake up the current 38-race schedule, which remains largely intact each year with no new tracks added and very little race date variation.

  • Patrick happy with Stewart-Haas but says "never say never"

    May 27, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Danica Patrick wants to remain with Stewart-Haas Racing but understands that GoDaddy's upcoming departure as her primary sponsor has put her future with the team in doubt.GoDaddy will leave NASCAR at the end of the season and Patrick, who is in the final year of her contract with SHR, said the team and her management group are actively searching for a replacement.

  • Busch crew chief working through kidney stone complications

    May 27, 2015

    TALLDEGA, Ala. (AP) Tony Gibson didn't get to celebrate his victory with Kurt Busch very much. Soreness from a passed kidney stone concerned him enough to visit a doctor just two days after their win at Richmond.Tests on Tuesday discovered the crew chief had never passed the kidney stone that sidelined Gibson during the April 19 race at Bristol.