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Bobby Rahal to be honored for motorsports contributions

Apr. 25, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Three-time CART champion Bobby Rahal will be honored with the Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for his contributions to motorsports. Rahal won the 1986 Indianapolis 500 and now is a co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in the IndyCar Series. Rahal also raced in Formula One and...

Hamilton says Leclerc's talent being 'dimmed' at Ferrari

Apr. 25, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Lewis Hamilton says Formula One rival Charles Leclerc's talent is being "dimmed" after Ferrari asked him to move over for teammate Sebastian Vettel. Hamilton compared Leclerc's situation to his own debut season at McLaren in 2007, when he was alongside then-reigning champion...

Ferrari puts faith in upgrades to catch runaway Mercedes

Apr. 25, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Ferrari needs to do something — and do it quick — to stop Lewis Hamilton from running away with the Formula One title. After Mercedes finished 1-2 in the first three races, a feat last achieved 27 years ago, Sebastian Vettel is 31 points behind Hamilton ahead of...

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...