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McLaren seeking at least $23 million in damages from IndyCar champion Alex Palou in UK court

McLaren seeking at least $23 million in damages from IndyCar champion Alex Palou in UK court

Jenna Fryer, Associated Press  |  Updated Oct. 3 - 2:33 p.m.  |  Save Story

McLaren Racing is suing IndyCar champion Alex Palou for at least $23 million in damages over Palou's decision not to honor the contract he signed to join the team at the end of last month. That figure includes a $400,000 advance on Palou's 2024 salary that McLaren says it paid the Spaniard in January. The nearly $23 million in damages McLaren is seeking is broken down in future sponsorship tied to Palou joining McLaren, the costs of using him as a reserve F1 driver and how much McLaren spent developing Palou for F1. It also includes the salary advance and costs accrued as McLaren recruits a replacement driver.
NASCAR bringing its top Cup Series to Iowa for the first time in 2024

NASCAR bringing its top Cup Series to Iowa for the first time in 2024

The Associated Press  |  Updated Oct. 3 - 12:34 p.m.  |  Save Story

NASCAR has announced that it will finally bring its top Cup Series to Iowa for the first time. Cup Series drivers will race at Iowa Speedway in Newton in June 2024. The second-tier Xfinity Series will also race that weekend at the track about a forty-minute drive east of Des Moines. NASCAR has held Xfinity and Truck series races at the short oval track but none since 2019. Iowa Speedway has hosted IndyCar Series races for years, since it first opened in 2006.
Crafton avoids suspension as NASCAR only issues fines for Talladega post-race fight with Sanchez

Crafton avoids suspension as NASCAR only issues fines for Talladega post-race fight with Sanchez

Jenna Fryer, Associated Press  |  Updated Oct. 3 - 11:13 a.m.  |  Save Story

NASCAR on Tuesday fined Matt Crafton $25,000 for punching fellow driver Nick Sanchez following the Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. Sanchez was fined $5,000 and his father, Rene, was suspended for the remaining two races of the Truck Series season for getting involved. Sanchez believed the three-time Truck Series champion broke his nose when Crafton "sucker punched" him post-race Saturday in the Talladega garage. Many expected NASCAR to suspend Crafton.
Andretti Global clears first hurdle to join Formula One as an 11th team with FIA expansion approval

Andretti Global clears first hurdle to join Formula One as an 11th team with FIA expansion approval

Jenna Fryer, Associated Press  |  Updated Oct. 2 - 3:42 p.m.  |  Save Story

Michael Andretti cleared a major hurdle in his bid to launch an American team in Formula One yet his battle to join the grid is ongoing even after the FIA said Monday that Andretti Global meets all required criteria to expand the world's top motorsports series to 11 teams. The FIA decision does not guarantee Andretti will get the two-car team he wants. Andretti Global and partner Cadillac must still prove their commercial value to F1 rights holder Liberty Media and the existing teams, which vehemently oppose expanding the 20-car grid. The teams, however, have no vote on expanding the grid.
No appeal on Kevin Harvick's DQ at Talladega. Crew chief denies cheating in now deleted post

No appeal on Kevin Harvick's DQ at Talladega. Crew chief denies cheating in now deleted post

Jenna Fryer, Associated Press  |  Updated Oct. 2 - 2:51 p.m.  |  Save Story

The crew chief for Kevin Harvick insisted he didn't cheat and race conditions caused Harvick to become the first driver disqualified at Talladega Superspeedway since 1972. Harvick lost to Ryan Blaney at Talladega on Sunday by 0.012 seconds and Harvick was credited with a second-place finish in the final superspeedway race ahead of his retirement at the end of the season. Some two hours after the race, NASCAR disqualified Harvick, saying the windshield fasteners on the No. 4 Ford were not secure in post-race inspection. Stewart-Haas Racing crew chief Rodney Childers chalked the loose windshield up to rough racing conditions for 500 miles and not cheating in a since-deleted social media post.
Blaney beats Harvick at Talladega to advance in NASCAR playoffs. Harvick disqualified after race.

Blaney beats Harvick at Talladega to advance in NASCAR playoffs. Harvick disqualified after race.

Jenna Fryer, Associated Press  |  Updated Oct. 1 - 5:26 p.m.  |  Save Story

Ryan Blaney beat Kevin Harvick to the Talladega Superspeedway finish line by 0.012 seconds Sunday to advance into the round of eight of NASCAR's playoffs. Harvick, who is retiring at the end of the year, remained winless on the season and was disqualified after the race when his car failed inspection. Blaney used a crossover move from the outside lane to the inside to nudge ahead of Harvick with two laps remaining. Blaney joined William Byron as the two drivers locked into the round of eight. The field of 12 will be pared next Sunday to eight following the race on The Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Harvick was disqualified after the race when his car failed post-race inspection.
Gas can erupts into flames during NASCAR race at Talladega Superspeedway

Gas can erupts into flames during NASCAR race at Talladega Superspeedway

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct. 1 - 5:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

There was a fiery moment during the NASCAR race at Talladega Superspeedway when a gas can erupted into flames on pit road. Ty Gibbs pulled out of his pit stall Sunday with the gas can still dangling from his Toyota and the fuel can dislodged in the middle of pit road. It sparked when it hit the pavement and then caught fire. Other drivers had to swerve around the burning gas can as emergency workers waited until pit road was clear to approach the fire. They extinguished the flames and the race resumed.
Pre-race favorite Ace Impact sprints clear to win Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

Pre-race favorite Ace Impact sprints clear to win Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

The Associated Press  |  Updated Oct. 1 - 10:26 a.m.  |  Save Story

Pre-race favorite Ace Impact has pulled away easily on the home straight to comfortably win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Italian jockey Cristian Demuro was bunched in as they turned for home but moved wide left and then attacked with about 300 meters left of the 2.4-kilometer (1.5-mile) course. Ace Impact was clear with 50 meters left and Demuro could afford to rise up in his saddle at the line and wave his right arm triumphantly. Ace Impact made it six wins out of six and showed its turn of speed by chasing down Westover, which finished second ahead of Onesto.
Already the winningest team in NASCAR, Hendrick Motorsports sets new goals after 300th win

Already the winningest team in NASCAR, Hendrick Motorsports sets new goals after 300th win

Jenna Fryer, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 29 - 11:04 a.m.  |  Save Story

Rick Hendrick believes in setting goals because chasing that dangling carrot has proved to be an effective motivator for NASCAR's winningest team. So when he passed Petty Enterprises to make Hendrick Motorsports the winningest team in NASCAR with a 269th Cup win, Hendrick immediately set a new goal. It was 300 wins, a mark the team hit last weekend with William Byron's victory at Texas. Now the goal is to win a record-extending 15th championship and Hendrick has both Byron and Kyle Larson in the playoffs headed into Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.
NASCAR's $1 million All-Star Race to run at North Wilkesboro again in 2024

NASCAR's $1 million All-Star Race to run at North Wilkesboro again in 2024

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 28 - 3:55 p.m.  |  Save Story

The NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race is returning to North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Carolina for a second straight year. State legislators joined NASCAR and track executives on Thursday for the announcement that the speedway will host it again next May. NASCAR's top series held its first race at the short track in 27 years last spring with the non-points exhibition race won by Kyle Larson. North Wilkesboro was one of NASCAR's original venues, hosting more than 90 Cup races before it closed in 1996. Federal and state funds helped complete renovations. The track is being repaved in time for the May 2024 race.
NASCAR to return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval for 30th anniversary of debut at the Brickyard

NASCAR to return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval for 30th anniversary of debut at the Brickyard

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 28 - 12:00 p.m.  |  Save Story

NASCAR will return to the oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway next season for the 30-year anniversary of stock cars racing at the historic venue. The inaugural Brickyard 400 was held on Aug. 6, 1994 and won by Indiana icon Jeff Gordon in the first of his five Indianapolis victories. That NASCAR debut was the first race beside the Indianapolis 500 to be held at the track since 1916. NASCAR raced on the oval from 1994 through 2020, but under Roger Penske ownership the race was held on the 2.439-mile road course the last three seasons as part of a shared weekend with IndyCar. The Brickyard 400 will be held on July 21, with the Xfinity Series racing on the oval one day earlier.
AUTO RACING: William Byron heads to Talladega locked into next round of NASCAR playoffs

AUTO RACING: William Byron heads to Talladega locked into next round of NASCAR playoffs

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 27 - 3:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

William Byron is the only driver locked into the round of eight of NASCAR's playoffs following his win at Texas last week. The Cup Series races at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday and the winner of the Alabama playoff race has never gone on to win the Cup title. The lowest finisher at Talladega to then win the title was Kyle Larson in 2021. Larson finished 37th.
Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority says progress is being made in the sport

Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority says progress is being made in the sport

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 27 - 2:19 p.m.  |  Save Story

Industry leaders are defending and praising the work of the Horseracing Safety and Integrity Authority in the aftermath of a competing piece of legislation being introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. National Thoroughbred Racing Association president and CEO Tom Rooney says HISA is working to make the sport safer and more transparent. HISA CEO Lisa Lazarus and Horseracing Integrity and Welfare Unit executive director Ben Mosier say strong progress has been made since safety and medication programs went into place. Among the 140-plus medication violations found since late May, 85 have already been resolved. And new horse screening measures are expanding.
Horse racing groups introduce competing safety legislation they hope will replace HISA

Horse racing groups introduce competing safety legislation they hope will replace HISA

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 26 - 3:07 p.m.  |  Save Story

Horse racing groups are backing legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that they hope will replace the federal organization overseeing the sport for just a year. The measure has been endorsed by several horsemen's associations and the North American Association of Racetrack Veterinarians among others. Supporters say the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority goes too far with arbitrary medication rules. The new proposal would replace the authority and give more power back to state organizations in charge of horse racing.
Worker killed at temporary Vegas Strip auto race grandstand construction site identified

Worker killed at temporary Vegas Strip auto race grandstand construction site identified

The Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 25 - 6:49 p.m.  |  Save Story

Authorities have identified a worker who was fatally injured during the weekend building a temporary Formula One Las Vegas Grand Prix spectator site in front of the Bellagio resort fountains. The Clark County coroner said Monday that 37-year-old Tizoc Antonio's death was accidental. A Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration spokeswoman says the agency is investigating. Las Vegas police reported the worker was pronounced dead Saturday at University Medical Center after receiving what was described as a "severe laceration" on his neck. Workers are building a massive spectator area in front of the Bellagio resort for the auto race scheduled the weekend of Nov. 16-18.
Ex-NASCAR driver Austin Theriault running to unseat Democratic Rep. Jared Golden in Maine

Ex-NASCAR driver Austin Theriault running to unseat Democratic Rep. Jared Golden in Maine

The Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 25 - 3:27 p.m.  |  Save Story

NASCAR driver-turned-politician Austin Theriault wants the opportunity to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Golden in Maine. The Republican Theriault announced Monday that he is entering the Republican primary in what is expected to be one of the country's most competitive 2024 House races. The 29-year-old freshman state lawmaker said he will confront issues like inflation, illegal border crossings and dying small towns. He joins fellow GOP hopefuls Robert Cross, a mortgage broker, and Michael Soboleski, a fellow freshman in the Legislature. The rural, sprawling 2nd Congressional District has become a hotly contested seat as the region has become a conservative bastion in liberal New England. Golden has won three times.
IndyCar's return marks major comeback for 120-year-old Milwaukee Mile

IndyCar's return marks major comeback for 120-year-old Milwaukee Mile

Steve Megargee, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 25 - 1:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

Milwaukee Mile had lost its spot on the IndyCar schedule several years ago and was in danger of closing altogether on multiple occasions. Now the 120-year-old facility is making a comeback as dramatic as any rally drivers have staged on this mile-long oval track over the years. IndyCar is returning to Milwaukee Mile next year as part of a Labor Day weekend doubleheader just before the final race of the season.
IndyCar to return to Milwaukee Mile in 2024. Texas off schedule for first time since 1997 season

IndyCar to return to Milwaukee Mile in 2024. Texas off schedule for first time since 1997 season

Jenna Fryer, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 25 - 12:39 p.m.  |  Save Story

IndyCar will return to the Milwaukee Mile next season and Texas Motor Speedway is off the calendar for the first time since 1997 in the 2024 schedule. The 17-race schedule features two Saturday night races, a $1 million all-star race in Southern California, 12 races aired on NBC and a shift of the season finale to downtown Nashville. Gone is the traditional stop at Texas Motor Speedway that has been on the schedule since IndyCar's first full season in 1997. IndyCar will also race just once on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and it won't be a shared weekend with NASCAR. IndyCar is still finalizing an exhibition race to be held in Argentina next season that was not part of Monday's schedule announcement.
Byron gets milestone win for Hendrick and moves closer to chance to race for team's next Cup title

Byron gets milestone win for Hendrick and moves closer to chance to race for team's next Cup title

Stephen Hawkins, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 25 - 10:58 a.m.  |  Save Story

William Byron grew up a huge fan of Hendrick Motorsports when watching Jimmie Johnson win championships. He also wanted to drive for that organization one day. The 25-year-old Byron is now a step closer in his sixth Cup season to having an opportunity to race for Rick Hendrick's next title after getting the team owner a milestone victory. Byron led only the last six laps Sunday at Texas and advanced to the round of eight in NASCAR's playoffs with his series-best sixth win of the season. It was the 300th for Hendrick, which already had the most in Cup history. The team also has 14 Cup titles.
Byron advances to NASCAR's round of 8 with win at Texas, the 300th overall for Hendrick Motorsports

Byron advances to NASCAR's round of 8 with win at Texas, the 300th overall for Hendrick Motorsports

Stephen Hawkins, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 24 - 7:15 p.m.  |  Save Story

William Byron took the lead for the first time after the final restart with six laps left to win in Texas. He advances to the round of eight in the NASCAR playoffs while giving Hendrick Motorsports its 300th victory. Byron was able to get underneath Bubba Wallace and Chase Briscoe when they were battling for the lead ahead of him. Wallace led a career-high 111 laps to start the second round, but wound up third behind Byron and Ross Chastain, another playoff contender. Wallace moved up three spots to ninth in the standings, still one below the cutoff line when this round is done. It was Byron's sixth win this season.
Max Verstappen easily wins the F1 Japanese Grand Prix to edge closer to 2023 series title

Max Verstappen easily wins the F1 Japanese Grand Prix to edge closer to 2023 series title

The Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 24 - 2:39 a.m.  |  Save Story

Runaway series leader Max Verstappen has returned to dominant form by winning the Japanese Grand Prix and moving a step closer to securing his third consecutive Formula One drivers' championship. The Red Bull driver, who missed out on the podium a week ago in Singapore, started from pole and held on for his 13th win of the season. McLaren driver Lando Norris was second, 19.4 seconds back of Verstappen,  while his teammate Australia rookie Oscar Piastri was third for his first F1 podium. With Verstappen's win, Red Bull secured this year's constructors' title, their sixth overall and second in a row.
Nemechek advances to Xfinity playoffs round of 8 with win at Texas

Nemechek advances to Xfinity playoffs round of 8 with win at Texas

The Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 23 - 5:59 p.m.  |  Save Story

John Hunter Nemechek moved into the round of eight of the Xfinity Series playoffs with a win at Texas. He took the final lead after front-running Justin Allgaier got moved up the track on the 195th of 200 laps on Saturday. The top eight finishers were all playoff contenders. There is only a race at the Roval in Charlotte in two weeks remaining before the series moves into its second round. There will be five spots up for grabs among nine drivers. Allgaier was already in the round of eight after winning the playoff opener. Cole Custer clinched a spot on points by finishing sixth at Texas.
Saudi Crown wins $1 million Pennsylvania Derby on sloppy track

Saudi Crown wins $1 million Pennsylvania Derby on sloppy track

The Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 23 - 5:47 p.m.  |  Save Story

Saudi Crown led all the way to win the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby by a half-length on a sloppy track at Parx Racing. Tropical Storm Ophelia brought rain to the suburban Philadelphia track. Saudi Crown outlasted a late challenge from Dreamlike to win his first career Grade 1 stakes. Ridden by Florent Geroux, Saudi Crown ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.62. He paid $4.20 to win as the favorite for trainer Brad Cox. Saudi Crown is a son of 2017 Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming. Dreamlike returned $7 and $4.80. Il Miracolo was another six lengths back in third. Trainer Bob Baffert's entry, Reincarnate, finished sixth.
Bubba Wallace on pole at Texas after making 2nd round of NASCAR's playoffs

Bubba Wallace on pole at Texas after making 2nd round of NASCAR's playoffs

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 23 - 1:33 p.m.  |  Save Story

Bubba Wallace will start from the pole at Texas. It is the first race in the second round of NASCAR's playoffs, and comes after Wallace just made the cut to make the round of 12. Wallace turned a lap of 188.337 mph in the final round of qualifying Saturday. He finished ahead of fellow playoff contenders and RFK Racing teammates Chris Buescher and Brad Keselowski. It is the second career pole for Wallace, the 23XI Racing driver who entered the round of 12 in 12th place after the points were reset following the first three playoff races.
F1 leader Verstappen returns to dominant form by claiming pole position at Japanese Grand Prix

F1 leader Verstappen returns to dominant form by claiming pole position at Japanese Grand Prix

The Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 23 - 2:51 a.m.  |  Save Story

Formula One championship leader Max Verstappen has claimed pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver finished .581 seconds ahead of McLaren rookie Oscar Piastri in qualifying. The Dutchman saw his record streak of 10 consecutive wins end last weekend in Singapore. He has topped every session since arriving in Japan. Australian Piastri will be on the front row for the first time in his F1 career. His teammate Lando Norris was third-fastest. Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc is next and Verstappen's teammate Sergio Perez rounds out the top five. A front-row start is key at Suzuka. The winner has only come from behind the front row at Suzuka once in the past 12 races. It is Verstappen's ninth pole of the season.
Phoenix racetrack to end live racing, which means its OTB sites will close

Phoenix racetrack to end live racing, which means its OTB sites will close

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 18 - 7:29 p.m.  |  Save Story

Turf Paradise, a racetrack that has been a staple of horse racing in Arizona for decades, announced Monday it will cease live racing. Jerry Simms, the longtime owner, announced he is retiring to spend more time with family. There will be no live racing or simulcasting from the north Phoenix racetrack starting Oct. 1. This also means the 37 Off Track Betting sites Turf Paradise runs throughout Arizona will close. Live racing is a requirement for operating off-track betting facilities. Turf Paradise opened in January 1956. Simms has been at the helm since 2000. According to the Arizona Department of Gaming, there are roughly 60 OTB sites statewide.
Hamilton and Sainz warn that Red Bull still has the advantage despite a dismal weekend in Singapore

Hamilton and Sainz warn that Red Bull still has the advantage despite a dismal weekend in Singapore

James Ellingworth, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 18 - 4:32 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Singapore Grand Prix had a dramatic finish as four cars from three teams fought for the podium. And there wasn't a Red Bull in sight. Does this herald a shift to closer racing and a better show? Rivals say not just yet. Singapore winner Carlos Sainz Jr. says F1 would be better spectacle if more teams could compete on a regular basis but expects Red Bull to stay fastest this season. Lewis Hamilton is wondering if the apparent slip from Red Bull just reflects shifting priorities to get a head start on its car for 2024.
Denny Hamlin doubles down in declaration that this is his year to finally win NASCAR championship

Denny Hamlin doubles down in declaration that this is his year to finally win NASCAR championship

Jenna Fryer, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 17 - 4:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

Denny Hamlin is doubling down on his declaration that this is his year to win the NASCAR championship. Hamlin on Sunday posted a photo collage on social media of his victory at Bristol Motor Speedway and said "This is our year." Hamlin is considered the greatest driver without a NASCAR championship. His 51st victory moved him to 13th on the all-time win list, and every driver ahead of Hamlin has a Cup title. Hamlin was booed after winning at Bristol and he says he knows he'll never be NASCAR's most popular drive. But he's using the crowd's hostility as motivation.
Sainz wins thrilling Singapore Grand Prix as Verstappen and Red Bull's streaks end

Sainz wins thrilling Singapore Grand Prix as Verstappen and Red Bull's streaks end

The Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 17 - 10:21 a.m.  |  Save Story

Carlos Sainz Jr. has won the Singapore Grand Prix for Ferrari as Max Verstappen and Red Bull's historic win streaks in Formula One came to an end. Red Bull had dreamed of winning every race this year but had Verstappen fifth and Perez eighth after struggling all weekend in Singapore. Verstappen's winning run ended at 10 races and Red Bull's at 15, including one at the end of last year. Both are Formula One records.
Sore Lance Stroll will sit out the Singapore Grand Prix after a heavy crash in qualifying

Sore Lance Stroll will sit out the Singapore Grand Prix after a heavy crash in qualifying

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 17 - 2:36 a.m.  |  Save Story

Aston Martin says that Lance Stroll will sit out the Singapore Grand Prix after a heavy crash in qualifying left the Canadian driver sore. Stroll's car hit the barriers head-on in the first session of qualifying. The impact ripped off one wheel and caused heavy damage. Stroll was able to walk away but Aston Martin says the "team face a huge job repairing the car today and Lance is still sore following such a high impact." He will focus on recovering for the Japanese Grand Prix next week.
Hamlin wins at Bristol as reigning NASCAR champion Joey Logano eliminated from playoffs

Hamlin wins at Bristol as reigning NASCAR champion Joey Logano eliminated from playoffs

Jenna Fryer, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 16 - 9:15 p.m.  |  Save Story

Denny Hamlin won NASCAR's playoff race at Bristol Motor Speedway while two former champions were eliminated Saturday night. Joey Logano became the first reigning champion eliminated in the first round when he crashed early in the third stage and finished 34th. He was watching as a spectator as former teammate Hamlin celebrated his 51st career win. Kevin Harvick, who is retiring at the end of the season, also was eliminated after finishing five laps down in 29th. Harvick was the first driver in 2014 to win the championship in this elimination format. Also eliminated were Daytona 500 winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Michael McDowell, who finished sixth.
Zane Smith to join Trackhouse Racing. Truck Series champ to start Cup career on loan to Spire

Zane Smith to join Trackhouse Racing. Truck Series champ to start Cup career on loan to Spire

Jenna Fryer, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 16 - 4:43 p.m.  |  Save Story

Truck Series champion Zane Smith has been signed to a multi-year contract with Trackhouse Racing in which he will be loaned to Spire Motorsports for a Cup Series ride in 2024. The 24 year old will fold into the Trackhouse lineup when the team is able to expand to three full-time Cup cars. Trackhouse currently fields full-time Cup cars for Ross Chastain and Daniel Suarez, and earlier this week committed to a driver development program for Shane van Gisbergen. Smith will drive a third entry for Spire, which purchased a charter from Live Fast Motorsports to form the alliance with Trackhouse.
Verstappen's winning run in F1 is in doubt after qualifying 11th in Singapore with Sainz on pole

Verstappen's winning run in F1 is in doubt after qualifying 11th in Singapore with Sainz on pole

The Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 16 - 11:58 a.m.  |  Save Story

Max Verstappen's historic run of 10 Formula One wins in a row looks set to end after he qualified down in 11th place for the Singapore Grand Prix. Carlos Sainz Jr. took pole for Sunday's race as Red Bull had its worst qualifying results of the season. Verstappen was eliminated by .007 seconds in the second session by rookie Liam Lawson of sister team AlphaTauri. Verstappen's teammate Sergio Perez was 13th after a spin. Verstappen says it's "very hard to pass in Singapore on the street circuit."
Justin Allgaier wins Xfinity Series playoff opener at Bristol to advance to next round

Justin Allgaier wins Xfinity Series playoff opener at Bristol to advance to next round

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 15 - 8:09 p.m.  |  Save Story

Justin Allgaier earned a spot in the second round of the Xfinity Series playoffs with a win Friday night in the opening race at Bristol Motor Speedway. It was Allgaier's second career victory at Bristol and salvaged an otherwise crummy night for most of the playoff field and his JR Motorsports team. Allgaier secured a place in the round of eight of the playoffs. He drove his No. 7 Chevrolet to his third win of the season. Dale Earnhardt Jr. made a run at the win in his first race of the season until his Chevrolet caught fire with 29 laps remaining. The NASCAR Hall of Famer quickly climbed from the flames after bringing the car to pit road.
Daniel Hemric to return to NASCAR Cup Series in 2024 with Kaulig Racing promotion

Daniel Hemric to return to NASCAR Cup Series in 2024 with Kaulig Racing promotion

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 15 - 12:22 p.m.  |  Save Story

Daniel Hemric will return to the NASCAR Cup Series next year in a promotion with Kaulig Racing. Hemric is in his second full season racing in the Xfinity Series for Kaulig. He won the Xfinity championship in 2021 driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, where he briefly landed after unexpectedly losing his Cup ride after one season with Richard Childress Racing. Hemric won the 2019 top rookie honors in his only full season in the Cup Series. He finished 25th in the Cup standings that year before Childress dumped Hemric for Tyler Reddick. Hemric has had to claw his way back.
Bristol washes away the dirt with plans to run its 2024 NASCAR races on concrete surface

Bristol washes away the dirt with plans to run its 2024 NASCAR races on concrete surface

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 15 - 12:18 p.m.  |  Save Story

Bristol Motor Speedway will ditch the dirt track concept the Tennessee track has used the last three years. It will run both of its 2024 NASCAR weekends on the concrete surface. Bristol in 2021 covered the high-banked half-mile bullring in red Tennessee clay for its spring race in hopes of boosting both attendance and television ratings. All three dirt races were met with mixed reviews and the novelty wore off. The racing was considered sub-par, too.
F1 drivers ready for the heat and humidity in Singapore, where their drinking water is like hot tea

F1 drivers ready for the heat and humidity in Singapore, where their drinking water is like hot tea

James Ellingworth, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 15 - 9:49 a.m.  |  Save Story

Staying hydrated can be a massive challenge for drivers at the Singapore Grand Prix, which is known for its heat and stifling humidity. The Formula One cars have drinks systems but in Singapore any drink can reach the temperature of hot tea. Champion Max Verstappen says rookie Liam Lawson should stay hydrated and get comfortable with a sweaty racing suit. Not all drivers drink the so-called "tea". Kevin Magnussen of Haas says he limits how much he drinks to avoid a stomach ache and Logan Sargeant says he never drinks any fluids. A new track layout in Singapore might make things slightly easier.
Sergio Pérez says he received personal apology from Red Bull boss over heritage comments

Sergio Pérez says he received personal apology from Red Bull boss over heritage comments

The Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 14 - 1:42 p.m.  |  Save Story

Sergio Pérez says he received a personal apology from Red Bull boss Helmut Marko over comments Marko made suggesting his heritage was to blame for inconsistent results on track. Marko described Pérez as "South American" and indicated that could explain a lack of focus or inconsistency in comments last week on an Austrian broadcaster which is part of the Red Bull group. He later apologized publicly and said he had been wrong to link Pérez's results to his cultural heritage.
Shane van Gisbergen to leave Australia and run NASCAR development program for Trackhouse in 2024

Shane van Gisbergen to leave Australia and run NASCAR development program for Trackhouse in 2024

Jenna Fryer, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 14 - 8:29 a.m.  |  Save Story

Shane van Gisbergen's expected move to NASCAR will be in a development program driving in all three national series for Trackhouse Racing. The New Zealand native won his NASCAR debut race on the downtown streets of Chicago driving for Trackhouse in early July. He said after the win wanted to make a full-time move to American stock cars and confirmed his intent later that month following a V8 Supercars race in Australia. Trackhouse has now committed to build a program around the 34-year-old from Auckland to run select races in the the Cup, Xfinity and Truck Series. He'll also run some other lower-level races.
Max Verstappen hits back at Mercedes team principal dismissing his Formula One record

Max Verstappen hits back at Mercedes team principal dismissing his Formula One record

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 14 - 7:28 a.m.  |  Save Story

Max Verstappen has hit back at Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff's dismissal of his Formula One record for consecutive wins and suggested his rivals might do better to draw inspiration from his achievements. Wolff said the mark was "for Wikipedia" and "not something that would be important for me" after the last race in Italy. Verstappen is the first F1 driver to win 10 in a row. Verstappen said Wolff's comments stemmed from anger at poor results for Mercedes in Italy and described the team's race with an expletive.
Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu will stay in Formula 1 next season with rebranded Alfa Romeo team

Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu will stay in Formula 1 next season with rebranded Alfa Romeo team

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 14 - 4:10 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Alfa Romeo team is keeping an unchanged driver lineup for the third year running after announcing that Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu will stay for the 2024 season. The extension will allow Zhou to finally race at his home Grand Prix in Shanghai after it was canceled in the 2022 and 2023 seasons due to pandemic-related restrictions. Bottas and Zhou will drive for a rebranded team after Italian car manufacturer Alfa Romeo ends the sponsorship agreement for the Swiss-based Sauber team to run under its name.
Panel finds no single factor in horse deaths at Churchill Downs. More screening is suggested

Panel finds no single factor in horse deaths at Churchill Downs. More screening is suggested

Gary B. Graves, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 12 - 12:52 p.m.  |  Save Story

A report from horse racing's federally created oversight panel found no single cause of death among 12 horses at Churchill Downs this spring, but recommends further action and analysis to mitigate risk at the home of the Kentucky Derby. The report from the Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Authority said there was no link between Churchill Downs' racing surface and the deaths or pattern in their location. Tuesday's report comes two days before the start of Churchill Downs' fall September meet and follows the June 7 suspension of racing and shift of the spring meet to Ellis Park in western Kentucky.
Reddick rides a fast car and good fortune into the second round of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs

Reddick rides a fast car and good fortune into the second round of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs

Dave Skretta, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 11 - 12:18 p.m.  |  Save Story

Tyler Reddick took advantage of good speed and good fortune, perhaps the two things most needed for success in the NASCAR Cup Series, to win at Kansas Speedway on Sunday. The win clinched his spot in the second round of the playoffs for the first time. Meanwhile, second-place finisher Denny Hamlin was missing the luck element, with a late caution spoiling what appeared to be a stress-free win. And Bubba Wallace and Martin Truex Jr. were also fast but both blew tires and sustained damage that not only ruined their chances Sunday but put them in peril heading to the last race in the first round of the playoffs.
Reddick takes advantage of late caution, holes of car owner Hamlin to win at Kansas

Reddick takes advantage of late caution, holes of car owner Hamlin to win at Kansas

Dave Skretta, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 10 - 5:49 p.m.  |  Save Story

Tyler Reddick took advantage of a late caution and fresh tires to rocket past six others in a two-lap sprint to win at Kansas Speedway on Sunday. He also punched his ticket to the next round of the playoffs with the NASCAR Cup Series win. Reddick's car owner, Denny Hamlin, got a poor jump when the green flag dropped and was unable to chase Reddick down and finished second. Erik Jones held on for third and Kyle Larson, who won at Darlington last week, marched through the field in the closing laps to finish fourth. The playoff cut-off for the round of 12 happens next weekend at Bristol.
Scott Dixon rallies to win IndyCar season finale and give Ganassi 1-2 finish in final standings

Scott Dixon rallies to win IndyCar season finale and give Ganassi 1-2 finish in final standings

Jenna Fryer, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 10 - 5:11 p.m.  |  Save Story

Scott Dixon snagged his third win of the season with a strategic run in Sunday's IndyCar season finale at Laguna Seca. It was one week too late to contend for the IndyCar championship. Alex Palou, Dixon's teammate at Chip Ganassi Racing, had already become the first driver in nearly 20 years to clinch the IndyCar title before the season finale. Palou won his second title in three years with his victory last week at Portland. Dixon had been mathematically eligible to challenge Palou for the title until last week. He was still guaranteed to finish second in the standings, but the greatest driver of his generation was determined to grab one more win.
Felix Rosenqvist wins pole in final race with McLaren. Swede will now try to win IndyCar finale

Felix Rosenqvist wins pole in final race with McLaren. Swede will now try to win IndyCar finale

Jenna Fryer, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 9 - 4:55 p.m.  |  Save Story

Felix Rosenqvist will end his tenure with Arrow McLaren Racing by starting from the pole in the IndyCar Series season finale at Laguna Seca. Rosenqvist won his second pole of the season with a lap at 1 minute, 06.6416 seconds on Saturday around the freshly paved permanent road course. Rosenqvist won the only two poles of the season for McLaren, which is still seeking its first win of the season from its three-driver lineup headed into Sunday's finale. Rosenqvist announced earlier this week that he's moving to Meyer Shank Racing next season; McLaren said David Malukas will replace him next year.
Nemechek dominates Xfinity race at Kansas as Kligerman clinches final playoff spot

Nemechek dominates Xfinity race at Kansas as Kligerman clinches final playoff spot

Dave Skretta, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 9 - 4:38 p.m.  |  Save Story

John Hunter Nemechek won the Xfinity Series race at Kansas Speedway on Saturday while Parker Kligerman finished fourth to clinch the final spot in the playoffs. It was sixth win of the season for Nemechek, who also swept the first two stages on a dominant afternoon. Brandon Jones finished second but needed to win to reach the playoffs Riley Herbst's playoff hopes ended when he hit the wall early in the race, causing too much damage for him to contend down the stretch.
Christopher Bell qualifies on the pole for NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway

Christopher Bell qualifies on the pole for NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway

Dave Skretta, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 9 - 3:22 p.m.  |  Save Story

Christopher Bell won the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday. That puts him in good position to get off the bubble and make next week's cutoff race at Bristol a little less stressful. Bell was the only driver among the 10 in the final round of qualifying to go over 180 mph. That was enough to beat out Kyle Larson, who locked up his place in the next round of the playoffs with a win last week at Darlington. Playoff driver Kyle Busch blew a tire and hit the wall in qualifying, and he will have to start at the back of the pack.
William Byron aims to advance in NASCAR playoffs, give Hendrick his 300th Cup Series win

William Byron aims to advance in NASCAR playoffs, give Hendrick his 300th Cup Series win

Dave Skretta, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 9 - 2:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

Kyle Larson gave Rick Hendrick his 299th win in the NASCAR Cup Series last week at Darlington. Now that he's locked into the next round of the playoffs, perhaps teammate Will Byron can give his owner No. 300 on Sunday at Kansas Speedway. That would send him through to the round of 12 before next week's cutoff at Bristol. He will have to come from the back after he broke a suspension piece in practice. Byron is in good position regardless, leading the playoff points race after his fourth-place run at Darlington. Christopher Bell will start on the pole and Larson is the favorite to win at Kansas.
Palou has 2nd IndyCar title in hand but contract mess between Ganassi and McLaren follows Spaniard

Palou has 2nd IndyCar title in hand but contract mess between Ganassi and McLaren follows Spaniard

Jenna Fryer, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 9 - 1:12 p.m.  |  Save Story

McLaren Racing has a hotel room booked in Singapore next week for Alex Palou, who contractually is expected to be the team's Formula One reserve driver for the remainder of the year. Zak Brown doesn't expect the room to be used. The CEO of McLaren Racing said he hasn't heard a word yet from the Spaniard, who informed McLaren through attorneys last month that he wouldn't be honoring his 2024 contract with the team in either IndyCar or F1. Palou heads into Sunday's season finale with his second IndyCar title already clinched but is staring down a massive lawsuit filed by McLaren over the driver's change of career plans.
David Malukas lands unexpectedly open McLaren seat as IndyCar free agency falls into place

David Malukas lands unexpectedly open McLaren seat as IndyCar free agency falls into place

Jenna Fryer, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 8 - 1:17 p.m.  |  Save Story

David Malukas has filled one of the final pieces of IndyCar free agency by snagging one of the most coveted seats in the series. Arrow McLaren Racing named the 21-year-old to its third car. Malukas has spent the last two years driving for Dale Coyne Racing. He will be teammates next year with Pato O'Ward and Alexander Rossi. The Malukas signing leaves roughly two known seats open for the 2024 season. Coyne needs to replace Malukas. Rahal Letterman Lanigan also has an open seat but may fill it with former Formula 2 driver Juri Vips.
Nemechek's gamble to step back from Cup Series leads to 2024 promotion to drive for Jimmie Johnson

Nemechek's gamble to step back from Cup Series leads to 2024 promotion to drive for Jimmie Johnson

Jenna Fryer, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 7 - 2:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

John Hunter Nemechek doesn't regret moving to the NASCAR Cup Series for one unsatisfactory season with Front Row Motorsports. The 2020 pandemic-impacted season didn't allow teams to practice or qualify. It didn't help Nemechek get better. He decided to move down to the Truck Series. Two years driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports earned him seven wins, a slot in Toyota's development program and this year a promotion to a full-time Xfinity Series ride with Joe Gibbs Racing. Legacy Motor Club has hired Nemechek to drive its No. 42 Cup car next season when the team moves from Chevrolet to Toyota.
Belmont Stakes could be moved to Saratoga Race Course for 2024 and 2025

Belmont Stakes could be moved to Saratoga Race Course for 2024 and 2025

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 6 - 8:10 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Belmont Stakes could be relocated to Saratoga Race Course in upstate New York in 2024 and 2025. That's one year earlier than the New York Racing Association originally anticipated because of renovations to Belmont Park. The decision is subject to approval by an oversight board and the New York State Gaming Commission. A final determination is expected in the coming months. NYRA is not considering moving the timing of the third jewel of horse racing's Triple Crown from its traditional place in early June. That's three weeks after the Preakness and five weeks after the Kentucky Derby.
John Hunter Nemechek to return to Cup Series next season in No. 42 for Legacy Motor Club

John Hunter Nemechek to return to Cup Series next season in No. 42 for Legacy Motor Club

Jenna Fryer, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 6 - 4:26 p.m.  |  Save Story

John Hunter Nemechek will return to NASCAR's top Cup Series next season when he joins Legacy Motor Club, which will become a Toyota team in 2024 and promote its development driver. Nemechek will drive the No. 42 Chevrolet that was initially driven by Noah Gragson, but he abruptly quit the team last month while under NASCAR suspension. That created an opportunity for Legacy co-owners Jimmie Johnson and Maury Gallagher to start fresh, and, as the team prepares for its move to Toyota, took a driver favored by the manufacturer. Nemechek will be teammates with Erik Jones, and Johnson, again plans to race a limited Cup schedule in 2024.
Michael Andretti rebrands eponymous racing empire to Andretti Global

Michael Andretti rebrands eponymous racing empire to Andretti Global

Jenna Fryer, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 5 - 10:46 a.m.  |  Save Story

Michael Andretti will rebrand his racing empire from Andretti Autosport to Andretti Global to apply the parent company name to his entire organization. Andretti Global currently operates in eight motorsports series across six continents and is pushing hard to enter both Formula One and NASCAR. The current Andretti Autosport shield will be replaced with the Andretti Global logo. Andretti Formula E will be the first of the Andretti Global teams to take on the new branding. The reigning champions open the season with testing in October.
Denny Hamlin signs multiyear contract extension to stay with Joe Gibbs Racing

Denny Hamlin signs multiyear contract extension to stay with Joe Gibbs Racing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 4 - 4:58 p.m.  |  Save Story

Denny Hamlin is staying with Joe Gibbs Racing after signing a multiyear contract extension with the organization he's driven for since 2005. JGR announced Hamlin's contract status Monday and said terms of the deal would not be disclosed. Hamlin first drove for owner Joe Gibbs in October 2005. He's since lined up his No. 11 car more than 600 times as a Gibbs racer. Hamlin was asked about his contract status last week at NASCAR playoff media and said he "100 percent" still wanted to drive for JGR.
Daniel Ricciardo could miss Singapore and Japan GPs as he recovers from broken hand

Daniel Ricciardo could miss Singapore and Japan GPs as he recovers from broken hand

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 4 - 10:59 a.m.  |  Save Story

AlphaTauri driver Daniel Ricciardo could miss the next two Formula One races as he continues to recover from a broken hand. Ricciardo fractured his left hand in practice for last month's Dutch Grand Prix and had surgery on Aug. 27. The 34-year-old Australian was sidelined for the race in Zandvoort and last weekend's Italian GP and it is uncertain when he will return for Red Bull's feeder team. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says he doesn't think "there's any chance he will be ready for" Singapore and "it would be optimistic for Japan." The Singapore GP is on Sept. 17 and the race in Suzuka a week later. New Zealander Liam Lawson has stood in for Ricciardo for the past two races.
Hendrick, Larson shows strength at Darlington to start the NASCAR playoffs

Hendrick, Larson shows strength at Darlington to start the NASCAR playoffs

Pete Iacobelli, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 4 - 10:49 a.m.  |  Save Story

Hendrick Motorsports showed its strength to start the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs on Sunday night. 2021 series champion Kyle Larson took his first Southern 500 while top playoff seed William Byron finished fourth to keep his title chances strong. Even Chase Elliott, who missed out on the playoffs, ended eighth as his team competes for an owner's title. Larson's win gave owner Rick Hendrick his 299th career Cup victory and Larson said all four of the organization's drivers are on high alert to achieve the milestone victory at Kansas next weekend.
Ferrari has its fighting spirit back after intense tussle between Sainz and Leclerc at Monza

Ferrari has its fighting spirit back after intense tussle between Sainz and Leclerc at Monza

Daniella Matar, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 4 - 7:44 a.m.  |  Save Story

Ferrari has got its fighting spirit back. And it couldn't have found it at a better place. The cars are clearly off the pace of the all-conquering Red Bull but the Ferrari drivers thrilled the passionate fans at their home track with an intense tussle for third place at the Italian Grand Prix. In the end it was Carlos Sainz Jr. who edged Charles Leclerc for the final spot on the iconic Monza podium. Ferrari will be hoping their drivers will be able to use that same fighting spirit against rival drivers rather than each other if they are to prevent Red Bull from becoming the first team to complete a perfect season.
Larson claims NASCAR's opening playoff race and gets 1st career win at Darlington

Larson claims NASCAR's opening playoff race and gets 1st career win at Darlington

Pete Iacobelli, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 3 - 10:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

Kyle Larson led the final 55 laps to start his latest NASCAR playoff run with a win at the Southern 500, his first career victory at Darlington Raceway. Larson automatically advances to the round of 12 no matter what happens in the opening round's final two races at Kansas and Bristol. Playoff drivers took the first seven spots, with Tyler Reddick in second and followed by Chris Buescher, William Byron, Ross Chastain, Brad Keselowski and Bubba Wallace.