Automobile racing

James Hinchcliffe, of Canada, drives through the first turn during the final practice session for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Friday, May 26, 2017 in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
May 26, 2017 - 4:40 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — No one needs a spotter to see this coming. With former Indianapolis 500 champions Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan in the twilight of their racing careers and possibly driving their final IndyCar season, the open-wheel series is on the verge of a fairly significant shift. Even...
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Danica Patrick stands by her car before qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Cup series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Thursday, May 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
May 26, 2017 - 4:19 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Stewart-Haas Racing and Nature's Bakery have agreed to settle a $31 million breach-of-contract lawsuit the team had filed in a dispute with Danica Patrick's former sponsor. The team said Friday the Nevada-based snack company agreed to serve as the primary sponsor for four...
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Martin Truex Jr. drives his car into Turn 1 during qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Cup series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Thursday, May 25, 2017. The speedway sprayed a sticky substance on the top section of the turns to help create a second row of racing in the turns. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
May 26, 2017 - 3:26 pm
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR is trying to inject some excitement into Charlotte Motor Speedway, where recent races have been relatively predictable, even dull: When a lead car breaks free from the pack, it's been nearly impossible to catch. Nobody could catch Kyle Larson when he was running in clean...
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Fernando Alonso, of Spain, drives through the first turn during the final practice session for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Friday, May 26, 2017 in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
May 26, 2017 - 2:50 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — One of IndyCar's all-time greats will lead the field to green at the Indianapolis 500. All eyes, though, will be one row behind Scott Dixon as Fernando Alonso makes his debut in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." Alonso has never raced on an oval before, never raced an Indy car...
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Helio Castroneves, of Brazil, drives through the first turn during the final practice session for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Friday, May 26, 2017 in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
May 26, 2017 - 2:23 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Helio Castroneves and Team Penske trumped Honda power on Carb Day for the Indianapolis 500. That wasn't the only bad news for the engine manufacturer. Along with watching the Chevrolet-powered three-time champion turn the fastest lap Friday in the final session of practice,...
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Matheus Leist, of Brazil, celebrates winning the Indy Lights Freedom 100 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Friday, May 26, 2017 in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)
May 26, 2017 - 1:46 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Matheus Leist led every lap after starting on the pole to win the Indy Lights race during Carb Day festivities leading up to the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500. The 18-year-old Brazilian was only under pressure once in the Freedom 100 on Friday, when Aaron Telitz tried to...
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May 26, 2017 - 1:44 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A.J. Foyt and Roger Penske are as much a part of the Indianapolis 500 as the pagoda and Gasoline Alley, icons of such stature that they're identifiable only by their first names. "There's A.J.," fans say, "and there's Roger." Together, the two men have shaped "The Greatest...
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FILE - In this May 20, 2017, file photo, Fernando Alonso, of Spain, pulls out of the pits during qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Indianapolis. A year after the biggest celebration in the history of the Indianapolis 500, much of the buzz around the 101st running of the race involves the debut of a well-decorated "rookie": Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
May 26, 2017 - 12:59 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Three-time champion Helio Castroneves turned the fastest lap on Carb Day during the final practice for the Indy 500, while more engine trouble for Honda left teams leery of what could happen on race day. Castroneves posted a lap of 227.377 mph Friday, giving the Chevrolet-...
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Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, left, of Germany arrives on a scooter at the pit lane during the off-day of the Formula One Grand Prix at the Monaco racetrack in Monaco, Friday, May 26, 2017. The Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monaco will take place on Sunday May 28.(AP Photo/Claude Paris)
May 26, 2017 - 11:48 am
MONACO (AP) — Having closed the gap to dominant Mercedes in an incredibly close-fought Formula One season, Ferrari has another burning ambition: Winning the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday. The Italian manufacturer's barren spell in Monaco dates to Michael Schumacher's win in 2001, and four-time F1...
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Force India driver Esteban Ocon of France, right, speaks with medias, during a press conference prior to the Formula One Grand Prix at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. The Formula One race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
May 26, 2017 - 11:22 am
MONACO (AP) — Esteban Ocon is described by one member of his Force India team as a "sponge" because of his capacity to absorb information. The 20-year-old Frenchman is one of the rising stars of Formula One. Although he has not made the same impact as 19-year-old Max Verstappen — a once-in-a-...
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