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Bowman parks 48 in familiar spot in victory lane at Dover

May. 16, 2021 19:13 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Moments after he smoked the field at Dover, Alex Bowman channeled fictional goofball NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby as flames simmered under the left rear of his Chevy. “Help me Tom Cruise, I’m on fire,” he said, quoting a popular line from...

Rinus VeeKay becomes IndyCar's newest first-time winner

May. 15, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Rinus VeeKay continued IndyCar's youth movement Saturday by scoring his first career victory with a win on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Dutchman became the third first-time winner through five races this season — the most at...

Romain Grosjean wins first IndyCar pole at Indianapolis

May. 14, 2021 19:05 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Romain Grosjean survived a fiery Formula One crash, then left the series behind for a move to IndyCar where he figured he might compete for wins after nearly a decade of driving cars that never had a chance. Now he seems right at home in America. ...

Johnson returns to Indianapolis for road course debut

May. 13, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

The lofty expectations started with Chip Ganassi. He is the one who said Jimmie Johnson would win a race during his rookie IndyCar season. And even after his first two races — Johnson has spun, stalled and caused three of the five cautions called — Ganassi hasn't...

Jimmie Johnson to make Indy 500 debut - for NBC Sports

May. 04, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jimmie Johnson will make his first Indianapolis 500 start this year after all — with the television crew, not on the racetrack. NBC Sports said Tuesday it will use Johnson for studio coverage of the Indianapolis 500 on both race day and qualifying...

Palou on pole for IndyCar at Texas after qualifying canceled

May. 01, 2021 16:51 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Alex Palou will start on the pole for the IndyCar Series' first oval race of the season at Texas after qualifying was canceled Saturday because of overnight rain and morning mist. The only scheduled practice session before the two races over...

Kanaan to make IndyCar season debut at Texas doubleheader

Apr. 30, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — What was supposed to be a farewell season for Tony Kanaan instead turned into a disappointing tour of nearly empty race tracks. Then he was offered another opportunity to extend his IndyCar career, this time in front of fans. His first two...

AUTO RACING: Kansas and Texas highlight NASCAR, Indy slate

Apr. 28, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

All Times Eastern NASCAR CUP SERIES Buschy McBusch Race 400 Site: Kansas City, Kansas. Schedule: Sunday, race, 3 p.m. (FS1). Track: Kansas Speedway Race distance:...

Column: Vaccine the key to getting 135,000 into Indy 500

Apr. 26, 2021 18:48 PM EDT

It's pretty spacious inside Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a sprawling national landmark of 300 acres that can fit Vatican City, Yankee Stadium, the White House, Liberty Island, the Taj Majal, the Roman Colosseum, Churchill Downs and the Rose Bowl inside. All at the same...

Herta takes St. Pete, ties father on IndyCar win list with 4

Apr. 25, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Colton Herta went a solid eight years ignoring any advice about racing cars that came from his father, an actual professional driver. Sunday on the downtown streets of St. Petersburg, in their very first race working together, Herta was...