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Roger Penske looks over the track from the grandstand at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Thursday, July 2, 2020. 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/Jenna Fryer)

'His Mona Lisa' - Penske adds golden touch to iconic Indy

Jul. 3, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The purists can relax: Roger Penske did not remove troughs from the men's bathrooms at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He replaced them, of course, with the shiniest, sleekest basins on the urinal market, thus preserving one of the speedway's treasured if unusual features while still...

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)

Johnson softens stance on racing an IndyCar oval, Indy 500

Jul. 3, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jimmie Johnson's stance has softened when it comes to racing the Indianapolis 500. Johnson will test an Indy car next week for Chip Ganassi Racing on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the first step the seven-time NASCAR champion must take to determine if actual races are...

FILE - In this June 27, 2020, file phohto, Chicago Red Stars' Julie Ertz, second from left, holds Casey Short, center, while other players for the team kneel during the national anthem before an NWSL Challenge Cup soccer match against the Washington Spirit at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah. The National Women's Soccer League revised its anthem policy after most players knelt during the anthem before season-opening games last weekend at the Challenge Cup. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Discourse over national anthem looms for NBA, other leagues

Jul. 3, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

Rick Carlisle isn't sure what to expect from players during the national anthem when the NBA season resumes in empty arenas in Florida. The Dallas Mavericks coach does know how he will react if players kneel or otherwise violate a longtime league policy that requires them to stand during the playing of...

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the second practice session at the Red Bull Ring racetrack in Spielberg, Austria, Friday, July 3, 2020. The Austrian Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (Leonhard Foeger/Pool via AP)

Hamilton fastest in both practices for Austrian Grand Prix

Jul. 3, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest time in the first two practice sessions for the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix on Friday. The British driver twice finished ahead of his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas on the 4.3-kilometer (2.7-mile) Red Bull Ring...

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco steers his car during the first practice session at the Red Bull Ring racetrack in Spielberg, Austria, Friday, July 3, 2020. The Austrian Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

Rival teams still want answers about Ferrari's 2019 engine

Jul. 3, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Rival teams still want answers about whether Ferrari's engine last season was legal or not, after an investigation was closed following a private settlement with governing body FIA. Questions were raised as to whether Ferrari’s fuel-flow exceeded its maximum permitted...

Nasr tests positive for virus before Daytona sports car race

Jul. 3, 2020 9:07 AM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Felipe Nasr has tested positive for the coronavirus and will miss the IMSA sports car race Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. Action Express Racing said Friday that Gabby Chaves will replace Nasr and the Brazilian would quarantine in Miami. Nasr said he began to feel...

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 3, 2020 file photo, The Reverend Greg Drumwright, right, greets people at the memorial site for Greg Floyd in Minneapolis.  Greg Drumwright, a minister at the Citadel Church & Campus Ministries, helped organize a group of Black fans to attend the NASCAR race at Talladega and support driver Bubba Wallace. Drumwright now hopes he can become an advocate of change for NASCAR.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

NASCAR meets with minister pushing for racial equality

Jul. 2, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

As the Rev. Greg Drumwright watched members of his ministry crowd the fence at Talladega Superspeedway to cheer for Black driver Bubba Wallace, he realized his first NASCAR race was the start of his immersion into stock car racing. Less than three weeks later, Drumwright has a seat at NASCAR’s leadership...

FILE - In this Friday, May 19, 2006 file photo, Indy Racing League driver Townsend Bell dons his helmet before practicing for the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis.  NBC Sports analyst Townsend Bell will have his own unique double duty Saturday, July 4, 2020 when he calls the IndyCar race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and then flies to Daytona International Speedway to compete in the IMSA sports car race.  (AP Photo/Tom Strattman, File)

Bell to commentate and race on same day in different states

Jul. 2, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Townsend Bell is putting his own unique twist on “double duty” this weekend by calling the IndyCar race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before jetting to Florida to compete in the IMSA sports car race. The daunting task began Thursday when the NBC Sports analyst flew from...

FILE - In this May 26, 2019, file photo, Simon Pagenaud, of France, leads the field through the first turn on the start of the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Indianapolis. The once frosty schism between the two biggest racing series in the United States has thawed and NASCAR's elite Cup Series will share a venue with IndyCar on the same weekend for the first time in history. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

NASCAR and IndyCar collide for racing extravaganza at Indy

Jul. 2, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The once-frosty schism between the two biggest racing series in the United States has finally thawed and the result is a blockbuster event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — even without fans. NASCAR’s elite Cup Series will share a venue with IndyCar on the same weekend for...

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2019, file photo, Jimmie Johnson (48) drives through the area of the course called

Watkins Glen open again, optimistic for NASCAR weekend

Jul. 2, 2020 2:18 AM EDT

The roar is back at New York's Thunder Road. Three months after its opening day was canceled by the coronavirus pandemic, Watkins Glen International is hosting car clubs again as NASCAR weekend looms in mid-August. “Everybody is excited about getting back in the saddle. I know we are," track president...