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Wickens to resume his career 3 years after near-fatal crash

Jan. 27, 2022 19:40 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Robert Wickens spent too many days mourning the career he lost following his near-fatal 2018 crash at Pocono. The Canadian's life was upended 14 races into his rookie IndyCar season. Wickens had been the top rookie in the Indianapolis 500 just three...

A dozen IndyCar drivers racing Rolex for preseason prep

Jan. 27, 2022 18:13 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Alex Palou had a fabulous first year with Chip Ganassi Racing. He won his first IndyCar race and parlayed it into the series championship. He bought his first car — a Porsche — and attended his first concert and first NASCAR race and quietly married his longtime...

Francis Jr. to race Indy Lights, eyes spot in IndyCar

Jan. 27, 2022 13:15 PM EST

Ernie Francis Jr., the driver who earned national recognition when he won a race in Tony Stewart's summer all-star series, has been hired to drive in Indy Lights this season in a move that could promote him into IndyCar as part of the series' Race for Equality & Change initiative. ...

Kobayashi seeks 3rd Rolex before WEC leadership role begins

Jan. 25, 2022 17:01 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kamui Kobayashi, one of the top endurance racers in the world, returns to the Rolex 24 at Daytona as the reigning World Endurance Champion and defending winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. A successful outing this weekend in the twice-round-the-clock race...

Column: Johnson more comfortable for 2nd IndyCar season

Jan. 24, 2022 14:16 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson does not care what you think about his career, his midlife racing crisis or his performance. He has been promoted from rookie, shed his status as a part-time driver and added the Indianapolis 500 to his list of challenges. After an...

Earnhardt brings Junior Nation into NASCAR Hall of Fame

Jan. 21, 2022 21:50 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. was voted NASCAR’s most popular driver a record 15 times. He didn’t forget “Junior Nation” on his way into the Hall of Fame. “When I stumbled, you guys were right there ready to lift me back up,” Earnhardt said to...

Rolex 24: Derani and Nasr now rivals in 61-car Daytona field

Jan. 21, 2022 14:23 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — There was a brief moment of nostalgia inside the Daytona 500 Club when reigning IMSA sports car champions Pipo Derani and Felipe Nasr crossed paths, spoke briefly in Portuguese, then shared a warm embrace. The Brazilians were celebrating the championship...

SRX hires Hawk as CEO to grow budding motorsports property

Jan. 20, 2022 08:03 AM EST

Tony Stewart and Ray Evernham will have a boss in the second season of the Superstar Racing Experience, a made-for-CBS all-star summer series coming off a surprisingly strong debut. SRX on Thursday named Don Hawk its first chief executive, a day-to-day role with a job description...

French actor Gaspard Ulliel, 37, dies after ski accident

Jan. 19, 2022 16:29 PM EST

LYON, France (AP) — French actor Gaspard Ulliel, known for appearing in Chanel perfume ads as well as film and television roles, died Wednesday after a skiing accident in the Alps, local authorities said. He was 37. Ulliel portrayed the young Hannibal Lecter in 2007's “Hannibal...

Earnhardt Jr. matches his father as NASCAR Hall of Famer

Jan. 19, 2022 14:38 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. recognized early he would never be a seven-time NASCAR champion like his dad. It was unrealistic to believe he would match the late Dale Earnhardt on the track. The Intimidator was tough as nails, didn't tolerate any nonsense and built a...