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Alonso, Castroneves leave Indy test with unfinished business

Apr. 24, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Helio Castroneves and Fernando Alonso kept waiting around Wednesday. Now both international stars have some unfinished business to take care before qualifying for this year's Indianapolis 500. After enduring a rain delay of more than four hours and watching IndyCar regulars turn laps at...

IndyCar hoping debris deflector helps protect drivers

Apr. 24, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Will Power got his first real glimpse at IndyCar's new debris deflector Wednesday. He is still getting used to the small piece on the front of his race car. The defending Indianapolis 500 champion and 2014 series champion was one of more than two dozen drivers who spent Wednesday...

SMI wants to become private NASCAR track operator

Apr. 24, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The parent company of Speedway Motorsports Inc. has made an offer to acquire all of its outstanding common stock, the second move of its kind involving one of the key racetrack operators in NASCAR in the past five months. Sonic Financial Corp. has offered to buy back all outstanding...

McLaren headed back to Indy 500 and eventually IndyCar

Apr. 23, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

McLaren made the Indianapolis 500 its personal playground in the 1970s with three victories in 10 appearances. Then the manufacturer was done, back to England with a focus on Formula One and no time for "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." Fernando Alonso's quest to win motorsports version of the Triple Crown has...

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s mother dies after battle with cancer

Apr. 22, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) — Brenda Jackson, mother of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and a longtime employee at JR Motorsports alongside her daughter Kelley Earnhardt Miller, has died following a battle with cancer. She was 65. The team announced her death Monday. Jackson was the daughter of NASCAR fabricator Robert Gee,...

Column: Teams are right to ask for guaranteed Indy 500 spots

Apr. 22, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

The Indianapolis 500 is steeped in a century of tradition with rules and regulations, pomp and pageantry that have remained largely unchanged since 1911. The fastest 33 cars compete in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" and drivers unable to make the cut watch from the sidelines. James Hinchcliffe, a series...

Hildebrand enters Indy 500 with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

Apr. 22, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — J.R. Hildebrand will race in the Indianapolis 500 with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in a second entry dedicated to the late Dan Gurney. Hildebrand will pilot the No. 48 as a nod to the number used by Gurney, a racer, car builder and team owner who died in 2018. Hildebrand will be...

NASCAR All-Star Race to possible Gen-7 car tech elements

Apr. 17, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race will feature two technical elements that could be incorporated into the Gen-7 car set for 2021. NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway announced the technical specifications and format Wednesday for the May 18 exhibition race at the North...

New name, and high-tech plan, for St. Louis-area race track

Apr. 17, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A track outside St. Louis that hosts IndyCar, NASCAR and NHRA events is getting not only a new name, but a promise to become a proving ground for tech innovations aimed at enhancing the fan experience. Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois, will be renamed World Wide Technology...

NASCAR driver Johnson runs Boston Marathon in 3:09:07

Apr. 15, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson didn't have many problems on the Boston Marathon course Monday, finishing in 3 hours, 9 minutes, 7 seconds. It was only after receiving his medal from 2014 winner Meb Keflezighi that Johnson ran into a road block: On his way to a postrace media...