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Acura, Shank, Helio sweep Rolex 24 as hybrid era begins

Jan. 29, 2023 15:21 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Acura dominated the debut of hybrid engines in North American sports car racing with a 1-2 finish Sunday at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, where Helio Castroneves and the automaker won the prestigious endurance race for a third consecutive year. Castroneves won...

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...

Teen who fired at Florida deputies sentenced to 20 years

Jan. 27, 2023 17:06 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A teenage girl who, along with a younger boy, engaged in a shootout with Florida deputies from a home they had broken into in 2021 was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison after reaching a plea deal. During a hearing, 15-year-old Nicole...

Meyer Shank Racing aims for 2nd consecutive Rolex 24 victory

Jan. 26, 2023 17:28 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Michael Shank bookended last year's sports car season by winning the most prestigious endurance race in North America and then the IMSA championship. In between, he expanded his IndyCar program and followed a scrupulous plan to build Meyer Shank Racing...

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...

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...

Wife, husband planned fatal shooting in hospital for weeks

Jan. 24, 2023 16:49 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The plan had been in the works for weeks: Ellen Gilland, 76, would fatally shoot her terminally ill, 77-year-old husband, Jerry, and then kill herself. But after shooting him in the head in an 11th-floor hospital room, she couldn’t carry through with the rest. ...

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...

Woman who killed ill husband in hospital faces murder charge

Jan. 24, 2023 02:26 AM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A woman who fatally shot her terminally ill husband inside a Florida hospital was taken into custody over the weekend after SWAT team members used a nonlethal explosive device to distract her and then tried to use a stun gun on her, authorities said Monday. ...

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...