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Hybrid engines holding up through first third of Rolex 24

Jan. 28, 2023 21:04 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — New hybrid engine technology held up over the first seven hours of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, where a new era of sports car racing began as IMSA became the first North American series to use the technology. The twice-round-the-clock endurance race that...

NASCAR's Le Mans seats go to Johnson, Rockenfeller, Button

Jan. 28, 2023 12:02 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson, Mike Rockenfeller and Jenson Button will drive the special Garage 56 car that will race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. Johnson, a seven-time NASCAR champion, has lobbied hard for a spot in the three-driver lineup for his former team....

IMSA takes North American sports cars into hybrid era

Jan. 27, 2023 21:35 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Cadillac growls, while the Porsche and BMW scream. The Acura sounds like an Indy car, and for fun, turn your back to the track and listen carefully as the cars roar around Daytona International Speedway in a new era of IMSA sports car racing. The top...

Herta wants to run Wickens in next year's Indianapolis 500

Jan. 26, 2023 17:19 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Bryan Herta wants to enter Robert Wickens in the Indianapolis 500 as early as 2024 — a year longer than preferred as work continues on the hand controls needed for the paralyzed driver. Wickens suffered a spinal cord injury in a crash at Pocono Raceway...

Helio Castroneves rules out Daytona 500 ride next month

Jan. 26, 2023 15:08 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves has ruled out running next month's NASCAR season-opening Daytona 500. Castroneves has been chasing a seat since winning one of Tony Stewart's summer all-star races last season to win a bet with the SRX...

Stewart-Haas Racing signs Chase Briscoe to extension

Jan. 26, 2023 10:45 AM EST

Stewart-Haas Racing announced a multiyear contract extension with Chase Briscoe on Thursday, making him the senior-most driver inside the NASCAR organization when two of his teammates retire at the end of the season. Terms of the deal were not announced but SHR said Briscoe would...

F1 ruling still pending, so Andretti focuses on sports cars

Jan. 25, 2023 11:22 AM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — So long as he can't get Andretti Global onto the Formula One grid — seemingly a long shot at this stage — Michael Andretti has turned his attention to other areas for his expanding motor sports program. First up is the Andretti Autosport debut in this...

Austin Cindric seeks Rolex watch to add to Daytona 500 ring

Jan. 24, 2023 14:48 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Based on experience alone, Austin Cindric figured he'd win a Rolex watch long before he'd earn a diamond-encrusted Daytona 500 ring. He was wrong. Cindric as a NASCAR rookie last year won the Daytona 500 to open his season with the biggest...

Column: Roger Penske moves closer to shot at winning Le Mans

Jan. 23, 2023 15:54 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Roger Penske believes in goals, even when his to-do list is pretty well covered. The one hole in the Team Penske trophy case can only be filled by the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Winning the most prestigious sports car race in the world is on Penske’s bucket...

Ford CEO Farley makes professional racing debut at Daytona

Jan. 21, 2023 16:34 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tucked in the back corner of an outpost paddock at Daytona International Speedway stood the chief executive of Ford, leaning against a cart having a casual conversation with the heads of The Wood Brothers Racing team. Jim Farley was wearing a firesuit...