Automobile racing

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2019, file photo, Kyle Larson sits in his car before the final practice for a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. Kyle Larson was fired Tuesday, April 14, 2020, by Chip Ganassi Racing, a day after nearly every one of his sponsors dropped the star driver for using a racial slur during a live stream of a virtual race. Larson, in his seventh Cup season with Ganassi and considered the top free agent in NASCAR mere weeks ago, is now stunningly out of a job in what could ultimately be an eight-figure blunder by the star. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley, File)
April 14, 2020 - 3:52 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — As sponsor after sponsor dropped Kyle Larson after he used a racial slur during a live-streamed virtual race, his NASCAR team owner was backed into a corner. Chip Ganassi could let McDonald's and Credit One Bank and Chevrolet pull their funding and bankrupt his team or he...
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April 14, 2020 - 11:03 am
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Chip Ganassi Racing fires star NASCAR driver Kyle Larson after he used N-word during virtual race.
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FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2020, file photo, Kyle Larson gets ready to climb into his car to practice for the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Kyle Larson used a racial slur on a live stream Sunday. April 12, 2020, during a virtual race — the second driver in a week to draw scrutiny while using the online racing platform to fill time during the coronavirus pandemic.(AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)
April 13, 2020 - 6:22 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Larson's racial slur cost him his two primary NASCAR supporters. It likely will cost him his job soon. McDonald's and Credit One Bank ended their sponsorship of Larson on Monday, a day after he used the N-word during a live stream of a virtual race. The decision came...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday, June 21 2009, Stirling Moss, the legendary British Racing driver attends the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone racetrack, in Silverstone, England. Stirling Moss has died at the age of 90, according to an announcement Sunday April 12, 2020, from his family. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, FILE)
April 12, 2020 - 2:31 pm
LONDON (AP) — Stirling Moss, a daring, speed-loving Englishman regarded as the greatest Formula One driver never to win the world championship, has died. He was 90. Moss died peacefully at his London home following a long illness, his wife Susan said Sunday. "It was one lap too many," she said. “He...
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FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2020, file photo, Acura Team Penske driver Simon Pagenaud, left, signs autographs before the Rolex 24-hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Pagenaud won IndyCar's first iRace on an oval as he used strategy to win at virtual Michigan International Speedway. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)
April 11, 2020 - 4:21 pm
IndyCar's virtual return to Michigan International Speedway mimicked the U.S. 500 at the start, when the current open-wheel racing stars mismanaged the green flag and triggered a spectacular crash. The accident in the opening seconds of the Chevrolet 275 iRacing event gave Saturday's latest event a...
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FILE - In this June 10, 2019, file photo, drivers race at the NASCAR cup series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. IndyCar will race Saturday, April 11, 2020, at Michigan International Speedway, one of the most beloved tracks that long ago fell off the open-wheel racing schedule. The race will be aired on NBC Sports with Dale Earnhardt Jr., just announced as a NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee and a driving force in the success of the iRacing phenomenon, making his IndyCar virtual debut. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
April 10, 2020 - 4:11 pm
The popularity of virtual motorsports racing on television has come with surprising success stories and occasional complications as race teams scramble to create value for sponsors and partners. IndyCar drivers participating in the series' online races represent their real sponsors and for the most...
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FILE - In this June 10, 2016, file photo, drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., left, and Jimmie Johnson talk before qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. The mind-boggling success of virtual racing has put motorsports out front in the race to create competition during the sports shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “All of the race teams are trying everything they can to keep their sponsors and keep their employees," said longtime virtual racing fanatic Dale Earnhardt Jr. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
April 10, 2020 - 4:10 pm
Get this: Some 1 million people have tuned in to watch professional racers play a video game on national television. Seriously. The mind-boggling success of virtual racing over the past month has put motorsports out front in the race to create competition while sports is shutdown because of the...
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FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2020, file photo, Jimmie Johnson gets ready for a practice session for the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Jimmie Johnson wanted to retire from full-time racing to step away from NASCAR's 11-month grind. The coronavirus pandemic has brought his final season to an unexpected pause, and now the seven-time champion isn't sure what his future holds.(AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
April 09, 2020 - 2:32 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson, seven-time NASCAR champion and all-around Everyman, has added home-schooling elementary teacher to his resume. The sports stoppage from the coronavirus pandemic has thrown a red flag on Johnson's farewell tour. He had planned a final season of racing a full...
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FILE - In this Dc. 18, 2017 file photo, former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant talks during a news conference in Los Angeles. Bryant and fellow NBA greats Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett headlined a nine-person group announced Saturday, April 4, 2020, as this year’s class of enshrinees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. They all got into the Hall in their first year of eligibility, as did WNBA great Tamika Catchings. Two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich, longtime Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, 1,000-game winner Barbara Stevens of Bentley and three-time Final Four coach Eddie Sutton were selected. So was former FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
April 08, 2020 - 11:07 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka is drawing inspiration from his friendship with Kobe Bryant as he navigates the coronavirus pandemic. Pelinka was Bryant’s longtime agent before he took over the...
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Workers pack up in pit lane after the cancellation of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne, Friday, March 13, 2020. The first F1 Grand Prix of the season was canceled two hours before the first official practice was set to start Friday after organizers relented to pressure to call it off amid the spreading coronavirus. (Michael Dodge/AAP Image via AP)
April 08, 2020 - 10:21 am
LONDON (AP) — With nearly half of the season already altered by the coronavirus pandemic, Formula One said Wednesday it will furlough half of its staff until the end of May and senior executives will take pay cuts. F1 called off last month's Australian Grand Prix and has postponed seven more races...
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