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Fans wait for the start of a NASCAR All-Star Open auto race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASCAR hosts largest sporting event crowd since pandemic

Jul. 15, 2020 11:20 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Clint Bowyer hopped off his pit stand at Bristol Motor Speedway to learn he'd won the fan vote to advance into NASCAR's All-Star race — an announcement met by a roar from the grandstands. It wasn't the raucous ovation typically heard in Thunder Valley, but after four months of...

IndyCar driver Felix Rosenqvist reacts after winning auto race two of the REV Group Grand Prix, Sunday, July 12, 2020, at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. (Gary C. Klein/The Sheboygan Press via AP)

Rosenqvist surges at Road America for 1st IndyCar victory

Jul. 12, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Scott Dixon’s win streak finally ended. Chip Ganassi Racing just kept rolling along. Felix Rosenqvist overtook Pato O’Ward on the next-to-last lap and earned his first career win Sunday in the second half of an IndyCar doubleheader at Road America. Rosenqvist became...

IndyCar driverScott Dixon (9) raises his arms to celebrate his win in the REV Group Grand Prix auto race one, Saturday, July 11, 2020, in Elkhart Lake, Wis. (Gary C. Klein/The Sheboygan Press via AP)

With fans back, Dixon wins at Road America for 3rd straight

Jul. 11, 2020 11:39 PM EDT

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Winning an IndyCar race is nothing new for Scott Dixon, particularly this year. But getting to celebrate as fans cheered him on for the first time all year made his victory Saturday at Road America particularly sweet. “To see fans and hear fans cheering again was definitely...

IndyCar Rev Group Grand Prix winner Alexander Rossi enters Victory Lane Sunday, June 23, 2019, at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. The IndyCar series will welcome fans for the first time of the year during the REV Group Grand Prix doubleheader Saturday and Sunday, July 11-12, 2020,  at Road America in Plymouth, Wisconsin.(Gary C. Klein/The Sheboygan Press via AP)

IndyCar drivers grateful to have fans back this weekend

Jul. 10, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

Simon Pagenaud says racing hasn’t been quite the same without spectators to cheer the drivers on for the opening stages of the IndyCar season. “It’s strange to go to the track without any fans,” said Peganaud, who ranks second to Scott Dixon in the point standings. “It’s...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2017, file photo, former NBA player and players union deputy Roger Mason, left, listens as entertainer Ice Cube, right, announces the launch of the BIG3, a new 3-on-3 professional basketball league, in New York. Hundreds of sports-related businesses got in line for the government-funded Payroll Protection Plan designed to cushion the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. None of the four North American major sports leagues — the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball — applied, but both Major League Soccer and the National Women's Soccer League were represented. Rapper Ice Cube's 3-on-3 basketball league says it returned almost half of the $1.6 million it received, but givebacks were rare. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Sports jumps on PPP bandwagon, but big leagues take a pass

Jul. 6, 2020 10:16 PM EDT

Rapper Ice Cube, Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and longtime boxing promoter Bob Arum led a cavalcade of sports leagues, federations, businesses and teams that navigated a federal loan program designed to help small firms cope with the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Data released Monday showed...

Race driver Scott Dixon, of New Zealand, celebrates with the trophy after winning the IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, July 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Dixon breaks through at Indianapolis with victory in GP

Jul. 4, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — It took Scott Dixon 12 years to make a second trip to victory lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He's already plotting a third trip next month. The 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner ended what had been a frustrating quest for a second win at the Brickyard, beating Graham Rahal to the...

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2020 file photo Jimmie Johnson climbs intp his car before the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. NASCAR seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson will test an Indy car next week on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He’s long said he is open to racing in the series but did not want to compete on ovals out of safety concerns. On Friday, July 3, 2020, he indicated recent safety improvements have softened his stance and the Indianapolis 500 is not entirely out of the picture.(AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

NASCAR races on at Indy after Johnson contracts coronavirus

Jul. 4, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NASCAR's extravagant weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — where the back-and-forth battle between Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin should continue — has been rocked by its first driver testing positive for the coronavirus. Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson will...

An Indianapolis Motor Speedway signs greets visitors as they enter the north entrance at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, July 3, 2020. Roger Penske has spent the six months since he bought Indianapolis Motor Speedway transforming the facility. He's spent millions on capital improvements to the 111-year-old national landmark and finally gets to showcase some of the upgrades this weekend as NASCAR and IndyCar share the venue in a historic doubleheader. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

IndyCar donates $1 million to establish diversity program

Jul. 4, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway are making an active effort to increase diversity throughout the industry with a $1 million donation to a new “Race for Equality & Change” initiative. The initiative will support both internal and external programs. “As...

FILE - In this May 16, 2019, file photo, NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson, center, talks with Will Power, left, of Australia, and Josef Newgarden during practice for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. NASCAR seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson will test an Indy car next week on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He’s long said he is open to racing in the series but did not want to compete on ovals out of safety concerns. On Friday, July 3, 2020, he indicated recent safety improvements have softened his stance and the Indianapolis 500 is not entirely out of the picture(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Jimmie Johnson 1st NASCAR driver to test positive for virus

Jul. 4, 2020 2:58 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus and will miss this weekend's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 44-year-old Johnson is the first driver in any NASCAR series to test positive and the news Friday evening cast a shadow over the...

Josef Newgarden, right, walks past Will Power, of Australia, after Power won the pole for the IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, July 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Power's play puts Penske back in front for Indianapolis GP

Jul. 3, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Will Power brought back normalcy to Indianapolis on Friday. Finally. After a two-month race delay and a one-month hiatus between IndyCar's first two races, Power reclaimed his status as the favorite for Saturday's Indianapolis Grand Prix favorite by overtaking Jack Harvey in the final...