Automobile racing

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2016, file photo, empty grandstands are shown at Darlington Raceway after bad weather forced NSACAR to call off Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, in Darlington, S.C. Bad weather forced NASCAR to call off qualifying for the Sprint Cup and XFinity series auto races. NASCAR will have a much different feel when it resumes this weekend as the two-man broadcast team for Fox will not travel to Darlington Raceway and instead call the race from a studio in Charlotte.(AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)
May 13, 2020 - 4:14 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jeff Gordon thought his wife, a former model, was kidding when she asked the NASCAR Hall of Famer to color her graying roots. He realized she was serious after the third request, FaceTimed her regular stylist and took a crash course in mixing color. “Those are the types of...
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FILE - In this March 13, 2016, file photo, Oriol Servia, of Spain, drives the car of Will Power, of Australia, into Turn 10 during the IndyCar Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg auto race in St. Petersburg, Fla. IndyCar plans to crown its champion on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, as the original opener has been rescheduled to Oct. 25 as the finale. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez, File)
May 13, 2020 - 12:53 pm
IndyCar plans to crown its champion on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, with the original opener being rescheduled for Oct. 25 as the finale. IndyCar was supposed to start its season March 15 on the temporary street course and teams were already in place to compete before sports shut down...
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In this picture taken March 12, 2020 Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany poses for a photo at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne. Four-time Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel will leave Ferrari at the end of the year, the Italian team said Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Ferrari said the decision was by mutual consent. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
May 12, 2020 - 7:00 am
Sebastian Vettel may walk away from Ferrari having never delivered the Formula One title the proud Italian team so desperately wants. The four-time world champion is leaving at the end of the year by mutual consent. But it remains uncertain if the season will start amid the coronavirus pandemic,...
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FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2017, file photo, Kevin Harvick (4) leads the field past the green flag at the start of a NASCAR Monster Cup auto race at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C. Faced with many of its teams falling into financial ruin or going racing, NASCAR is throwing the green flag on a plan it believes allows the series to safely resume the season. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)
May 11, 2020 - 5:40 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR's season started with the Secret Service doing a security check on the firesuit-clad pole-sitter for the Daytona 500 and thousands of fans waiting hours in line to pass through a metal detector. When the season resumes on Sunday some 13 weeks later, drivers will have...
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FILE - In this May 18, 2019, file photo, jockey Tyler Gaffalione, right, reacts aboard War of Will as they cross the finish line to win the Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. The Preakness Stakes, the second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown would have been this week if not for the coronavirus pandemic. There is still no new date for the race. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
May 11, 2020 - 2:12 am
While NASCAR will resume its season with live racing and the world's No. 1-ranked golfer is part of a televised charity skins match, the sports calendar still remains mostly on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Associated Press takes a look at some of the live sporting events that had...
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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2016, file photo, Denny Hamlin smiles during an interview after he won the NASCAR Sprint Unlimited auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Hamlin closed NASCAR's iRacing Series virtual auto race with a victory at a simulation of throwback North Wilkesboro Speedway on Saturday, May 9, 2020. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
May 09, 2020 - 4:50 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin closed NASCAR's iRacing Series with a victory at a simulation of throwback North Wilkesboro Speedway. The Daytona 500 winner was instrumental in organizing his fellow Cup drivers for the invitational series that started after the series was suspended. Hamlin, who...
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FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2019, file photo, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, speaks during a news conference following the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday,, in Austin, Texas. Driving around Formula One tracks without fans cheering loudly at Silverstone and Monza would literally feel “very empty” for world champion Lewis Hamilton. The first 10 races this season have been postponed or canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic, and if F1 does start this summer no fans can watch. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
May 09, 2020 - 2:09 pm
PARIS (AP) — Driving around Formula One tracks without fans cheering at Silverstone and Monza would literally feel “very empty” for world champion Lewis Hamilton. The first 10 races this season have been postponed or canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the iconic Monaco Grand Prix scrapped...
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May 08, 2020 - 11:38 pm
The resurrection of Kyle Larson's career began with a 25-hour drive from California to Iowa for a $15,000-to-win World of Outlaws race. Larson hitched a ride with the team that fielded a car for him Friday night at Knoxville Raceway. It's a total reset for a driver who less than a month ago was the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2016, file photo, workers walk along the grandstands in the rain at Darlington Raceway after weather forced NASCAR to call off qualifying for the Sprint Cup and XFinity series auto races. NASCAR says it will resume its season without fans present starting May 17 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)
May 08, 2020 - 6:52 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The century-old Reno Rodeo has canceled the 10-day event in June because of the coronavirus pandemic. Reno Rodeo President Craig Downie said in a letter to the rodeo’s board of directors that canceling the event...
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Second base umpire Kim Jun-hee wearing a mask and gloves as a precaution against the new coronavirus calls during a baseball game between Hanwha Eagles and SK Wyverns in Incheon, South Korea, Tuesday, May 5, 2020. With umpires fitted with masks and cheerleaders dancing beneath vast rows of empty seats, a new baseball season got underway in South Korea following a weeks-long delay because of the coronavirus pandemic.(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
May 08, 2020 - 5:48 pm
Finally, some signs of hope. It’s only a glimmer. Let’s not pop the champagne just yet. But there’s baseball in South Korea and Taiwan. NASCAR is getting ready to crank up its engines, and German soccer is revving to go, too. The PGA Tour and IndyCar racing are planning to resume next month, and...
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