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NHRA drag racing great John Force released from hospital 1 month after fiery, 300-mph crash

NHRA drag racing great John Force released from hospital 1 month after fiery, 300-mph crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 5:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

NHRA drag racing great John Force has been discharged from the hospital where he was undergoing rehabilitation for a traumatic brain injury. Force had been injured in a fiery, 300-mph crash at the Virginia Nationals in June. The 75-year-old was released from Barrow Neurological Institute, according to a statement from John Force Racing. Force suffered traumatic brain injury and other injuries, including a fractured sternum, in the crash during the first round of Funny Car eliminations. Force will work with therapists specializing in traumatic brain injuries on an outpatient basis in California.
NASCAR's restart rules questioned after Larson takes advantage of unusual Brickyard 400 finish

NASCAR's restart rules questioned after Larson takes advantage of unusual Brickyard 400 finish

Michael Marot, Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 10:34 a.m.  |  Save Story

and eventually the win. Larson played it by the rules. But Blaney thinks the rulebook may need an update.
Kyle Larson races to his 1st Brickyard 400 victory, making a late charge through the field

Kyle Larson races to his 1st Brickyard 400 victory, making a late charge through the field

Michael Marot, Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 9:54 p.m.  |  Save Story

Kyle Larson made a late charge through the field, managed to get his car refired after a red flag and won the final two restart battles Sunday before coasting to his first Brickyard 400 victory under caution. Larson took the lead when Brad Keselowski ran out of fuel and pulled off the track just before the second-to-last restart and beat pole winner Tyler Reddick at the end with the yellow flag out. Larson won in his first trip back to the speedway since trying to become the fifth driver to complete 1,100 miles of racing on the same May day, at Indy and Charlotte, North Carolina. Larson won for the fourth time this season and took the points lead from Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott.
Piastri wins first F1 race after Norris obeys team orders in 1-2 for McLaren at Hungarian GP

Piastri wins first F1 race after Norris obeys team orders in 1-2 for McLaren at Hungarian GP

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 9:41 p.m.  |  Save Story

Oscar Piastri won his first Formula One race after completing a McLaren one-two with Lando Norris at the Hungarian Grand Prix. The 23-year-old Australian driver started second behind pole-sitting Norris and beat him to the first turn and took the lead. Norris got ahead after a pit-stop strategy that favored him, but he then finally complied with a request by his team to give the lead back to his teammate. Lewis Hamilton finished third behind the papaya-colored pair for his 200th career podium. Points leader Max Verstappen finished fifth and has now gone three races without a victory.
Hamilton takes his record 200th podium after 'hair-raising' duel in Hungary with Verstappen

Hamilton takes his record 200th podium after 'hair-raising' duel in Hungary with Verstappen

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 21 - 1:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

Lewis Hamilton has added to his Formula One milestones by becoming the only driver to stand on a winners' podium for the 200th time after his third-place finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Hamilton got his winning groove back at the British GP two weeks ago when he took his record victory tally to 104. That triumph ended a winning drought that dated back to the second-to-last race of 2021. His seven world titles are only matched by Michael Schumacher, who is second all-time in podiums at 155. Hamilton extended his record podium haul following a drive that featured a scintillating duel with top rival Max Verstappen.
Daring pass on final lap sends Riley Herbst to victory lane in Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis

Daring pass on final lap sends Riley Herbst to victory lane in Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis

Michael Marot, Associated Press  |  Updated July 20 - 5:15 p.m.  |  Save Story

Riley Herbst bumped his way past Aric Almirola coming through the final turn Saturday, then held off hard-charging teammate Cole Custer to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Brickyard. Herbst's second career victory came by 0.167 seconds and gave Stewart-Haas Racing a second straight win. He also won on his home track in Las Vegas in October.  Custer finished second after reaching victory lane for the first time this season last week at Pocono. Almirola was third, also getting passed by Custer passed him on the inside of the front straightaway before reaching Indianapolis Motor Speedway's yard of bricks. The race was run on Indy's 2.5-mile oval for the first time since moving to the speedway's 14-turn road course in 2019.
Belmont winner Dornoch wins $1 million Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park

Belmont winner Dornoch wins $1 million Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 4:56 p.m.  |  Save Story

Belmont Stakes winner Dornoch has captured the $1 million Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park. Just like the colt did in the final jewel of the Triple Crown, Dornach and jockey Luis Saez were able to hold off a challenge by Mindframe in the stretch in winning the biggest race at the New Jersey shore track. The Haskell was a Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" challenge stakes. Dornoch is now guaranteed an expenses-paid berth in the $7 million Classic on Nov. 2 at Del Mar in California.
Colton Herta takes pole for IndyCar street race in Toronto

Colton Herta takes pole for IndyCar street race in Toronto

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 20 - 3:56 p.m.  |  Save Story

Colton Herta took the IndyCar pole position Saturday on the Exhibition Place street course, turning a lap at 59.5431 seconds. Trying to win for the first time this season, the Andretti Global driver will start alongside Andretti teammate Kyle Kirkwood on Sunday, Kirwood had a lap at 59.6375. Meyer Shank's Felix Rosenqvist was third at 59.8252. Points leader Alex Palou of Chip Ganassi Racing will start 18th after being penalized for interference during the first qualifying segment. Defending champion Christian Lundgaard and four-time champion Scott Dixon failed to get out of the first round of qualifying. The race will be the first street event for the hybrid powertrains introduced two weeks ago at Mid-Ohio.
Tyler Reddick uses final Brickyard 400 qualifying run to win the pole

Tyler Reddick uses final Brickyard 400 qualifying run to win the pole

Michael Marot, Associated Press  |  Updated July 20 - 2:53 p.m.  |  Save Story

Tyler Reddick took advantage of the final qualifying run Saturday to post the fastest lap in the final round of qualifying and earn his first Brickyard 400 pole. The 28-year-old completed the 2.5-mile oval in 49.469 seconds. Denny Hamlin qualified second while points leader Chase Elliott will start third after clocking a 49.504. Kyle Larson will start fourth. The top five in the Cup standings will start from the first five positions, although not in the same order. The Brickyard 400 is Sunday.
Norris takes pole ahead of McLaren teammate Piastri at Hungarian GP. Verstappen starting 3rd

Norris takes pole ahead of McLaren teammate Piastri at Hungarian GP. Verstappen starting 3rd

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 20 - 1:12 p.m.  |  Save Story

McLaren pair Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri have locked out the front row for the Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of points leader Max Verstappen after a stellar qualifying session for the British team. Norris scored his third career pole position and will have his sights set on a second win of the season. Norris won in Miami in May and has come close to another victory with four podium finishes since then. Verstappen is trying to claim a fourth straight Formula One title. The Dutchman leads the driver's race with 255 points. Norris is second with 171.
Cole Custer will make his return to the Cup Series in 2025 driving for the Haas Factory Team

Cole Custer will make his return to the Cup Series in 2025 driving for the Haas Factory Team

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 10:02 a.m.  |  Save Story

Cole Custer will return to NASCAR's top series next season as the driver for the Haas Factory's Cup team. The team made the announcement Saturday in Indianapolis before the Brickyard 400 qualifying. The 26-year-old will drive the No. 41 Ford and will have a technical alliance with RFK Racing while getting additional help from Ford Performance. Custer is the defending Xfinity Series champion and current points leader after earning his first win of the season last weekend at Pocono. He was the Cup Series' 2020 Rookie of the Year, getting his first career win at Kentucky in just his 20th career start. He lost his Cup ride at Stewart-Haas Racing after the 2022 season.
NASCAR drivers eager to test their skills on Indianapolis' oval after 3 years on the road course

NASCAR drivers eager to test their skills on Indianapolis' oval after 3 years on the road course

Michael Marot, Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 5:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

Austin Cindric attended races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway most of his life, dreaming of the day he could compete on the historic 2.5-mile oval. On Sunday, he'll finally get a chance to join his racing heroes. NASCAR and race officials agreed to end their three-year attempt to rev up fans with a 200-mile road-course event by returning to the track's more revered oval and original title, Brickyard 400, for the 30th anniversary of Cup racing in Indy. Many drivers think it's a move that was long overdue and will restore the prestige to a race widely viewed as one of NASCAR's crown jewels.
Churchill Downs lifts suspension of trainer Bob Baffert following Medina Spirit's failed drug test

Churchill Downs lifts suspension of trainer Bob Baffert following Medina Spirit's failed drug test

Gary B. Graves, Associated Press  |  Updated July 19 - 4:29 p.m.  |  Save Story

Churchill Downs has rescinded its extended suspension of Bob Baffert, allowing the Hall of Fame trainer to resume racing his horses at the historic track and partner facilities after more than three years of banishment for a failed postrace drug test of 2021 Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit. Friday's announcement comes after Baffert issued a statement in which he took responsibility for now-deceased colt Medina Spirit's failed drug test after crossing the finish line first in the 147th Kentucky Derby in May 2021.
Verstappen's Red Bull battling three-headed threat as F1 season hits midpoint in Hungary

Verstappen's Red Bull battling three-headed threat as F1 season hits midpoint in Hungary

Joseph Wilson, Associated Press  |  Updated July 19 - 6:47 a.m.  |  Save Story

Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes has joined the challengers in a highly competitive Formula One season, with three fast teams now putting pressure on leader Max Verstappen. Hamilton and teammate George Russell have won back-to-back races in Britain and Austria before this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix. Verstappen has won here the past two years and still commands a significant lead over McLaren's Lando Norris in the drivers' standings. But the poor performances of teammate Sergio Pérez has left Red Bull as a team in hard fight for the constructors' title with Ferrari not too far behind.
Lewis Hamilton applauds Ralf Schumacher after the former F1 driver reveals same-sex relationship

Lewis Hamilton applauds Ralf Schumacher after the former F1 driver reveals same-sex relationship

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 5:34 a.m.  |  Save Story

Lewis Hamilton and other Formula One figures have given their support to former driver Ralf Schumacher after the German posted that he is in a same-sex relationship. The 49-year-old Schumacher is the younger brother of F1 great Michael Schumacher. He recently posted a picture of himself and his partner on social media. Hamilton is a vocal supporter of diversity in sports and LBGTQ rights, and other progressive causes. He says he hopes that Schumacher's decision will lead to more people coming forward.
Kyle Larson makes another trip to Indianapolis as Brickyard 400 returns to speedway's oval

Kyle Larson makes another trip to Indianapolis as Brickyard 400 returns to speedway's oval

Michael Marot, Associated Press  |  Updated July 18 - 2:34 p.m.  |  Save Story

back on the historic 2.5-mile oval. Yes, less than two months after becoming the fifth driver to attempt the sport's version of a single-day marathon, the 2021 NASCAR champ hopes to put his season back on track at the 30th Brickyard 400. Larson enters the weekend ranked second in the Cup standings, trailing Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott by three points. But he only has one win since competing in May's Indianapolis 500 and one top-five finish over the last five weeks.
F1 driver Magnussen to leave Haas at the end of this season

F1 driver Magnussen to leave Haas at the end of this season

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 18 - 8:17 a.m.  |  Save Story

Formula 1 driver Kevin Magnussen will leave Haas at the end of the season when his contract expires. The 31-year-old Magnussen is competing in his seventh season with the American team. He's started 135 grand prix with Haas across two spells, from 2017-20 and 2022-24. The former McLaren and Renault driver achieved a career-high ninth in the drivers' standings for Haas in 2018. He has five points this season. Haas did not say who is going to replace Magnussen.
Belmont Stakes winner Dornoch returns for the Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park

Belmont Stakes winner Dornoch returns for the Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 17 - 1:28 p.m.  |  Save Story

Belmont Stakes winner Dornoch and runner-up Mindframe are set to renew their rivalry when they return to racing for the $1 million Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday. Mindframe, who finished a half-length behind Dornoch in the final leg of the Triple Crown on June 8, has been made the 9-5 favorite for the centerpiece of the Monmouth meet. Danny Gargan-trained Dornoch is the 5-2 second choice despite his exciting win at Saratoga. The Belmont was held at Saratoga because Belmont is undergoing renovations.
Longtime Cup owner Rick Hendrick to drive pace car at Brickyard 400

Longtime Cup owner Rick Hendrick to drive pace car at Brickyard 400

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 17 - 1:12 p.m.  |  Save Story

and its first on the historic 2.5-mile oval since 2020. He also is celebrating his 40th season as a Cup team owner this year. Hendrick Motorsports holds every major team record in the Cup Series including championships, points-paying victories, pole positions and laps led.
Brittany Force will return to Top Fuel racing for first time since her dad's accident

Brittany Force will return to Top Fuel racing for first time since her dad's accident

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 17 - 11:49 a.m.  |  Save Story

Brittany Force will return to her Top Fuel dragster this week outside of Seattle in her first time competing since her father John's horrific accident in Virginia last month. Brittany is a two-time Top Fuel champion who will race in the Northwest Nationals this weekend. John Force suffered a traumatic brain injury last month when his engine exploded and he collided with several barriers. He continues his recovery at a facility in California. Brittany said her father has made "great progress" in the past few weeks.
NASCAR's Suarez to race in Brasil Series Special Edition tournament during Cup Series' Olympic break

NASCAR's Suarez to race in Brasil Series Special Edition tournament during Cup Series' Olympic break

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 16 - 1:56 p.m.  |  Save Story

NASCAR Cup Series driver Daniel Suarez will compete next month in the sanctioning body's Brasil Series Special Edition tournament that runs parallel to its main competition in Brazil. The Cup series will take a two-week break during the Paris Summer Olympics. Suarez will drive a Chevy Camaro Aug. 2-4 at Autódromo José Carlos Pace, a release stated on Tuesday. The 32-year-old Mexican native will celebrate his wedding to Julia Piquet in Brazil and race in São Paulo before returning to the United States. Suarez clinched a playoff spot with a win in Atlanta in February.
Formula 1 team Haas extends its partnership with engine provider Ferrari until 2028

Formula 1 team Haas extends its partnership with engine provider Ferrari until 2028

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 16 - 7:16 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Haas Formula 1 team has extended its partnership with engine provider Ferrari until the end of the 2028 season. The U.S.-based Haas team says the deal "provides long-term engine stability" with the next major change in regulations due in 2026. To improve sustainability, 1.6-litre, V6 turbocharged hybrid internal combustion engines will have more power from the hybrid components. For the first time, power units will run on fully sustainable fuels. Ferrari has been the only engine provider for Haas since their F1 partnership began in 2016. Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix will be their 179th race together.
Blaney has Team Penske on a hot streak headed into Indy for return of Brickyard 400

Blaney has Team Penske on a hot streak headed into Indy for return of Brickyard 400

Dan Gelston, Associated Press  |  Updated July 15 - 11:31 a.m.  |  Save Story

Team Penkse is on a hot streak.  Ryan Blaney returned to victory lane Sunday at Pocono Raceway, the site of his first career NASCAR Cup Series win and his second victory in the last five races this season. Blaney made it a weekend sweep for Team Penske. Scott McLaughlin and Will Power won IndyCar races at Iowa Speedway for the 87-year-old Roger Penske. The 2023 NASCAR champion, Blaney won the inaugural Cup race last month at Iowa Speedway and added two more top 10 finishes headed into Pocono. Penske drivers have won four of the last seven Cup races.
Ryan Blaney wins at Pocono to complete NASCAR-IndyCar sweep for Team Penske

Ryan Blaney wins at Pocono to complete NASCAR-IndyCar sweep for Team Penske

Dan Gelston, Associated Press  |  Updated July 14 - 6:16 p.m.  |  Save Story

Ryan Blaney returned to victory lane Sunday at Pocono Raceway, the site of his first career NASCAR Cup Series win and his second victory in the last five races this season. Blaney made it a weekend sweep for Team Penske. Scott McLaughlin and Will Power won IndyCar races at Iowa Speedway for the 87-year-old Roger Penske. The 2023 NASCAR champion, Blaney won the inaugural Cup race last month at Iowa Speedway and added two more top 10 finishes headed into Pocono. The Team Penske driver's summer success in the No. 12 Ford has stamped him a legitimate threat to win a second straight championship.
Will Power wins IndyCar Series race at Iowa Speedway that ended with a 4-car crash on the last lap

Will Power wins IndyCar Series race at Iowa Speedway that ended with a 4-car crash on the last lap

John Bohnenkamp, Associated Press  |  Updated July 14 - 2:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

Will Power broke through at Iowa Speedway, winning the second IndyCar Series race of the weekend for his first victory at the track. Power held off second-place driver Alex Palou by 0.3915 seconds on Sunday. Scott McLaughlin, who won Saturday's race, finished third. Power has always been fast at Iowa Speedway. He has won seven poles at the track, but only had five podium finishes in 18 starts. He led 50 laps of the 250-lap race. It was Power's 43rd career IndyCar win. Driver Sting Ray Robb was injured Sunday in a four car, last-lap crash.
Legendary Hanover wins Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-olds in stakes-record 1:46.3

Legendary Hanover wins Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-olds in stakes-record 1:46.3

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 13 - 9:25 p.m.  |  Save Story

Legendary Hanover won the $650,000 Meadowlands Pace in a stakes-record 1:46.3, beating stablemate Nijinsky by 5 1/2 links Saturday night in the mile event for 3-year-olds at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Driven by James MacDonald and trailed by Anthony Beaton, Legendary Hanover broke the race record of 1:46.4 set by He's Watching in 2014. Legendary Hanover has four victories in seven starts this season. He has won 10 of 16 career races and earned $710,959 for owners Eric Good, West Wins Stable, and Mark Dumain. MacDonald and Beaton both won the Meadowlands Pace for the first time. Nijinsky, the 6-5 favorite, lost for the first time seven races this year. Gem Quality was third.
McLaughlin stays fast, wins first race of IndyCar doubleheader at Iowa

McLaughlin stays fast, wins first race of IndyCar doubleheader at Iowa

John Bohnenkamp, Associated Press  |  Updated July 13 - 9:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

Scott McLaughlin continued his fast weekend at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night, winning the first race of the IndyCar Series doubleheader for his first victory on an oval track. McLaughlin led 164 of the 250 laps, winning by nearly a half-second over second-place driver Pato O'Ward at the 0.875-mile oval. McLaughlin has had the strongest car all weekend. He had the fastest time in Friday's practice, set the track single-lap record in qualifying Saturday afternoon on his second lap to earn the pole for Sunday's race, and started on the outside of the first row of this race after posting the second-fastest first lap during qualifying.
Cole Custer wins Xfinity race at Pocono in farewell season for Stewart-Haas Racing

Cole Custer wins Xfinity race at Pocono in farewell season for Stewart-Haas Racing

Dan Gelston, Associated Press  |  Updated July 13 - 4:22 p.m.  |  Save Story

Cole Custer drove away from Justin Allgaier over the final laps to give the 2023 Xfinity Series champion his first win of the season, earning a playoff spot for Stewart-Haas Racing in its farewell season with the checkered flag Saturday at Pocono Raceway. Allgaier finished second. Cup regular William Byron finished third, Sheldon Creed fourth and Taylor Gray fifth. Custer had another dominant season in NASCAR's second-tier series with seven top-five finishes and 14 top-10s in 18 races. He was the series points leader who just hadn't won a race.
Bubba Wallace admits to feeling 'miserable' at track for years in wake of NASCAR punishment

Bubba Wallace admits to feeling 'miserable' at track for years in wake of NASCAR punishment

Dan Gelston, Associated Press  |  Updated July 13 - 3:56 p.m.  |  Save Story

NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace admits he's been miserable for years at the track. Wallace was a bit light in the wallet this week after NASCAR fined him $50,000 for retaliatory contact against race winner Alex Bowman on the cooldown lap of the Chicago Street Race. Wallace door-slammed Bowman's car and sent it into the wall. The incident opened Wallace's eyes to the fact that he really wasn't acting like the person he wanted to be at the track. Wallace apologized for his recent behavior.
Ty Gibbs takes the top spot at Pocono Raceway in search of his first NASCAR Cup victory

Ty Gibbs takes the top spot at Pocono Raceway in search of his first NASCAR Cup victory

Dan Gelston, Associated Press  |  Posted July 13 - 1:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

Ty Gibbs will lead the field to green at Pocono Raceway, the site of his first career NASCAR Cup start and the track he hopes on Sunday will become where he gets his first career win. Gibbs turned a lap of 170.039 mph at Pocono on Saturday to earn the top spot in the 400-mile race. He'll have some familiar faces chasing him from the start. Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin start third and fourth at Pocono. Hendrick Motorsports driver William Byron turned a lap of 169.661 mph and starts second. Gibbs has yet to win in 71 career Cup races dating to his debut in the July 2022 race at Pocono.
Iowa Speedway's repaving could change Newgarden's dominance

Iowa Speedway's repaving could change Newgarden's dominance

John Bohnenkamp, Associated Press  |  Updated July 12 - 5:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

Josef Newgarden's recent run of success at Iowa Speedway might have been buried under the partial repaving the .875-mile oval underwent in the spring. It's why Newgarden thinks this weekend's IndyCar Series doubleheader is "to be determined." The repaving in the turns occurred in May in preparation for the NASCAR Cup Series debut at the track in June. A second racing line developed during that race, but whether it can develop in the 250-lap races Saturday night and Sunday remained to be seen. Scott McLaughlin, Newgarden's Team Penske teammate, had the fastest lap of Friday's practice at 185.891 mph.
Austin and Miami keep F1 sprint races for 2025. Belgium replaces Austria

Austin and Miami keep F1 sprint races for 2025. Belgium replaces Austria

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 11 - 6:25 a.m.  |  Save Story

Miami and Austin, Texas, will keep their Formula 1 sprint races next year as Belgium gets a sprint instead of Austria. The Circuit of the Americas at Austin and the Miami street circuit are joined by Belgium's Spa-Francorchamps, which is the only 2025 sprint venue not hosting a sprint this year. It will be the third year of a sprint race at Austin and the second at Miami. The other three sprints for 2025 will be in Brazil for the fifth year running, as well as China and Qatar.
Bubba Wallace fined $50,000 by NASCAR for retaliatory contact against Alex Bowman

Bubba Wallace fined $50,000 by NASCAR for retaliatory contact against Alex Bowman

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 10 - 1:59 p.m.  |  Save Story

NASCAR has fined Bubba Wallace $50,000 for retaliatory contact against race winner Alex Bowman on the cooldown lap of the Chicago Street Race. Wallace door-slammed Bowman's car and sent it into the wall. Bowman said after the race he had spun Wallace during Sunday's event and the retaliation was warranted. Bowman also advocated for Wallace not to be punished. Bowman said Wallace "has every right be mad." NASCAR also plans to speak to Chase Elliott for his contact with Daniel Suarez after Sunday's race.
Noah Gragson lands seat in NASCAR Cup Series with Front Row Motorsports

Noah Gragson lands seat in NASCAR Cup Series with Front Row Motorsports

Jenna Fryer, Associated Press  |  Posted July 10 - 11:23 a.m.  |  Save Story

Noah Gragson became the third of four Stewart-Haas Racing drivers to secure a seat for 2025 when Front Row Motorsports said Wednesday it had signed him to a multi-year deal. SHR is shuttering three of its four Cup teams next year and Gene Haas will run one car without Tony Stewart as his partner. Chase Briscoe has already been hired by Joe Gibbs Racing and Josh Berry has been hired by Wood Brothers Racing. Ryan Preece remains the only SHR driver still seeking a job for next season. Gragson's car number, sponsor and crew chief were not revealed.
John Force moved to California rehab center. Celebrates daughter's birthday with ice cream

John Force moved to California rehab center. Celebrates daughter's birthday with ice cream

Jenna Fryer, Associated Press  |  Posted July 9 - 1:23 p.m.  |  Save Story

John Force is moving to a rehabilitation center closer to his home in California and the NHRA great was able to celebrate by leaving his Virginia hospital room to take his daughter for ice cream on her birthday. Force suffered a traumatic brain injury in a fiery, 300-mph crash at the Virginia Nationals last month. The 75-year-old was first in neurological intensive care and then moved into acute neuro care at the Virginia hospital. Among his other injuries is a fractured sternum. Force's car had a catastrophic engine failure at the finish line and his dragster slammed driver-side into the left concrete guard wall and then careened back into the right wall.
Alex Bowman quiets Hendrick speculation with his Cup win on a rainy Chicago street course

Alex Bowman quiets Hendrick speculation with his Cup win on a rainy Chicago street course

Jay Cohen, Associated Press  |  Posted July 8 - 1:21 p.m.  |  Save Story

Alex Bowman spent his 30th birthday in an Iowa hospital after breaking his back in a short-track accident. Feeling as if he had let everyone down, it was a tough moment. That was just last year, and it seemed like a long time ago Sunday night. Bowman is a NASCAR Cup Series winner once again after he held off Tyler Reddick in a shortened Grant Park 165 on a rainy street course in downtown Chicago. It was his first victory since March 2022 in Las Vegas, stopping an 80-race drought. Bowman has 11 top-10 finishes this year, but his winless drought had ramped up speculation about his future at Hendrick. That all seemed to go away this weekend.
Bowman wraps up a spot in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs with a win on a rainy Chicago street course

Bowman wraps up a spot in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs with a win on a rainy Chicago street course

Jay Cohen, Associated Press  |  Updated July 7 - 9:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

Alex Bowman secured a spot in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs when he held on for the victory on a rainy street course in downtown Chicago. It was Bowman's first win since Las Vegas in March 2022 and No. 8 for his career. He is the 12th Cup Series driver to win this year, leaving four remaining spots in the playoffs with six races left in the regular season. The race was stopped for more than 100 minutes because of rain, and NASCAR set a cutoff time of 8:20 p.m. CDT because of the fading sunlight. Tyler Reddick made a late push, but he got into a wall trying to catch up to Bowman. Ty Gibbs was third, followed by Joey Hand and Michael McDowell.
O'Ward seizes lead on Palou's pit stop woes, wins Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio in debut of hybrid engine

O'Ward seizes lead on Palou's pit stop woes, wins Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio in debut of hybrid engine

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 7 - 6:45 p.m.  |  Save Story

Pato O'Ward seized the lead with 24 laps remaining as Alex Palou stalled in the pits and held on to win the Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday in the IndyCar series' official debut of its hybrid engine. The victory provided huge redemption for O'Ward, who was leading the final lap of the Indianapolis 500 in May before Josef Newgarden overtook him on the final half-mile for the victory. His chance came when Palou pitted for tires and fuel on Lap 56 but stalled, allowing O'Ward to slip by as Palou re-entered the road course. Palou couldn't get close and finished 0.4993 seconds behind O'Ward.
Hamilton finally stops counting the days since his last F1 win after brilliant British GP victory

Hamilton finally stops counting the days since his last F1 win after brilliant British GP victory

Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press  |  Updated July 7 - 12:12 p.m.  |  Save Story

Lewis Hamilton was counting the days since his last Formula 1 win and the number was creeping toward 1,000. After a brilliant victory in front of home fans at the British Grand Prix on Sunday, for his 104th win in F1, a relieved Hamilton can finally stop counting. Hamilton says "that's the longest stint without a win, 945 days" and called the win perhaps the "most special" one. He became the first F1 driver to win on any track nine times. His previous win came at the Saudi Arabian GP in December 2021. The seven-time F1 champion just held off Red Bull's Max Verstappen with McLaren's Lando Norris finishing third. Hamilton's teammate George Russell retired near the end.
Williams F1 team principal Vowles hints at mid-season switch if Sargeant's poor form continues

Williams F1 team principal Vowles hints at mid-season switch if Sargeant's poor form continues

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 7 - 6:30 a.m.  |  Save Story

Williams team principal James Vowles is considering a possible mid-season switch if Logan Sargeant's Formula 1 form does not improve. The 23-year-old Sargeant is the only American driver in F1. He is in his second season with Williams and scored his only F1 point when he finished 10th at the United States GP last October. He had not placed higher than 14th this season heading into the British GP later Sunday. Vowles tells broadcaster Sky that a decision needs to be made "for 2025 and maybe for something this year." Sargeant's teammate Alex Albon has secured a new multi-year deal and looks set to have a new teammate next year with Williams heavily linked to Ferrari's Carlos Sainz Jr.
Shane van Gisbergen wins again in NASCAR Xfinity Series race in downtown Chicago

Shane van Gisbergen wins again in NASCAR Xfinity Series race in downtown Chicago

Jay Cohen, Associated Press  |  Updated July 6 - 5:45 p.m.  |  Save Story

Shane van Gisbergen raced to his third Xfinity Series victory of the season, making a successful return to the NASCAR street course in downtown Chicago. Van Gisbergen started on the pole before dropping back after a pit stop. He then made his way through the field before pulling away for the victory. The 35-year-old New Zealand native got his first two Xfinity wins for Kaulig Racing on road courses at Portland and Sonoma on consecutive weekends last month. Just like he did after those victories, he celebrated by autographing a rugby ball and kicking it into the stands in Chicago.
Kyle Larson wins the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series street race in downtown Chicago

Kyle Larson wins the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series street race in downtown Chicago

Jay Cohen, Associated Press  |  Updated July 6 - 5:22 p.m.  |  Save Story

Kyle Larson has won the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series street race in downtown Chicago, beating Ty Gibbs by a hundredth of a second. Larson posted a fast lap of 1 minute, 27.836 seconds in the second round of qualifying on the 12-turn, 2.2-mile course Saturday, recording a top speed of 90.168 mph. Gibbs was next at 1:27.846 seconds and 90.158 mph. Larson is going for his fourth win of the season in his 350th career Cup Series start. The Hendrick Motorsports driver has five poles this year and 21 for his career.
Three cheers for Brits! Russell beats Hamilton to take Silverstone F1 pole with Norris third

Three cheers for Brits! Russell beats Hamilton to take Silverstone F1 pole with Norris third

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 6 - 10:26 a.m.  |  Save Story

The home crowd has three reasons to cheer as Mercedes driver George Russell narrowly beats teammate Lewis Hamilton to take pole position for the British Grand Prix, with Lando Norris third quickest for McLaren. It was all about the Brits at Silverstone as Formula 1 championship leader Max Verstappen took a rare back seat and qualified in fourth for Red Bull. Russell aims for a second straight F1 win following his victory at the Austrian GP last weekend. Record eight-time British GP winner Hamilton just missed out on a record-extending 105th F1 pole by .171 seconds. Norris was .211 seconds behind Russell, who secured his second pole of the season and third of his career.
Palou, Rossi manage fast laps in rain-affected practice for IndyCar's hybrid engine at Mid-Ohio

Palou, Rossi manage fast laps in rain-affected practice for IndyCar's hybrid engine at Mid-Ohio

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 5 - 7:07 p.m.  |  Save Story

IndyCar Series drivers hoping to get an initial read on the new hybrid engines that promise a seismic shift in race strategy ended up with more stop than go in Friday's first practice at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Early rain sprinkles that briefly stopped the one-hour, 15-minute session eventually gave way to a steady drizzle with just under 25 minutes remaining. A handful of drivers switched to rain tires and splashed their way through quick laps, but nearly all are looking for more clarity and grip in Saturday morning's second practice under a favorable forecast. Alex Palou and Alexander Rossi topped the speed charts.
Shane van Gisbergen is back in Chicago after his career-altering NASCAR Cup Series win a year ago

Shane van Gisbergen is back in Chicago after his career-altering NASCAR Cup Series win a year ago

Jay Cohen, Associated Press  |  Updated July 5 - 4:52 p.m.  |  Save Story

Shane van Gisbergen prefers the countryside to a big city, so Chicago isn't exactly his type of place. Except for the Windy City streets. He likes those a lot. Van Gisbergen is back in Chicago this weekend, the scene of his career-altering victory just over a year ago. The 35-year-old New Zealand native is entered in the Xfinity and Cup Series races on the downtown street course that remains a bit of an enigma for NASCAR drivers. Another strong weekend in Chicago could help catapult van Gisbergen into a full-time Cup ride, but he says that's not part of his mindset.
NHRA great John Force moved out of neurological intensive care weeks after fiery, 300-mph crash

NHRA great John Force moved out of neurological intensive care weeks after fiery, 300-mph crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 5 - 4:39 p.m.  |  Save Story

NHRA drag racing great John Force's team says he has been moved out of neurological intensive care after suffering a traumatic brain injury in a fiery, 300-mph crash at the Virginia Nationals last month. John Force Racing says the 75-year-old has been moved from neurological intensive care into acute neuro care at the hospital where he was transported by air ambulance on June 23. Force's car had a catastrophic engine failure at the finish line, with the vehicle going across the centerline and slamming into the left concrete guard wall, then careening back across into the right wall.
IndyCar issues 6-position grid penalties to 3 drivers for teams' use of unapproved engines

IndyCar issues 6-position grid penalties to 3 drivers for teams' use of unapproved engines

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 5 - 2:56 p.m.  |  Save Story

IndyCar has issued six-position starting grid penalties to drivers Felix Rosenqvist, Marcus Armstrong and Pietro Fittipaldi ahead of Sunday's Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for their teams' unapproved engine changes during last month's test at Iowa Speedway. The race will mark IndyCar's long-awaited introduction of a hybrid engine for cars in its top series. A release on Friday stated the teams violated the rule where use of a fifth or additional engine is considered an unapproved change-out and cannot earn manufacturer points. A full-season entrant can earn engine points for a fifth engine only if they have completed mileage with its first four engines.
Brad Pitt movie about Formula 1 will simply be called 'F1'

Brad Pitt movie about Formula 1 will simply be called 'F1'

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 5 - 12:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

Brad Pitt's movie about Formula 1 coming to cinemas next year will simply be called "F1." Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is a co-producer of the project which collected footage at F1 circuits around the world this year and last. Pitt plays a former driver who returns to F1 alongside a rookie teammate who is played by London-born actor Damson Idris. Their fictional team is called APXGP. F1 says in a statement that the film will be released next June.
Norris raises hopes of home F1 win at the British GP after leading both practices

Norris raises hopes of home F1 win at the British GP after leading both practices

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 5 - 10:45 a.m.  |  Save Story

McLaren driver Lando Norris has raised hopes of a home victory at the British Grand Prix by topping the first two practice sessions at Silverstone. Norris has emerged as a rival to Formula 1 leader Max Verstappen in recent races. They crashed into each other at the Austrian GP last weekend. Norris led the first practice from Aston Martin's Lance Stroll and Norris' teammate Oscar Piastri clocked the third best time. Verstappen was fourth fastest in his Red Bull and then dropped to seventh quickest in the second session. Norris led that one from Piastri and Red Bull's Sergio Perez.
German investigators detain third suspect in attempted blackmail of former Formula 1 driver's family

German investigators detain third suspect in attempted blackmail of former Formula 1 driver's family

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 5 - 8:50 a.m.  |  Save Story

German investigators say they have arrested a third suspect in an attempt to blackmail the family of former Formula 1 race driver Michael Schumacher. The 52-year-old man, who was detained on Thursday in a town near Wuppertal in western Germany, had worked for the family as a security officer. That's according to German news agency dpa, citing prosecutors. Prosecutors in the case arrested two men last month and said the pair, a father and son, had told employees of the family that they were in possession of files that the family wouldn't want published.
Rossi cycles to the top of IndyCar free agent list. The former Indy 500 winner seeks strong landing

Rossi cycles to the top of IndyCar free agent list. The former Indy 500 winner seeks strong landing

Jenna Fryer, Associated Press  |  Posted July 4 - 11:36 a.m.  |  Save Story

Alexander Rossi won the Indianapolis 500 as a rookie with Andretti Global, but when that relationship staled after seven seasons, he moved on to what he thought was a better IndyCar team. After an impasse over negotiations on a new deal, Rossi and Arrow McLaren are splitting at the end of the season. Now, Rossi heads to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend ranked seventh in the championship standings but arguably the most consistent McLaren driver through the first eight races. But he needs to find a new ride in an increasingly shrinking free agent market.
Haas F1 team signs teenage British driver Oliver Bearman on multi-year deal from 2025

Haas F1 team signs teenage British driver Oliver Bearman on multi-year deal from 2025

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 4 - 3:13 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Haas Formula 1 team has signed Oliver Bearman on a multiyear deal from 2025 onward. The 19-year old British driver will take the seat vacated by German driver Nico Hulkenberg, who is joining Sauber ahead of its rebranding to Audi for 2026. Bearman says "it's hard to put into words just how much this means to me." Bearman impressed with a stunning seventh-place finish at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in March, when he stood in for Carlos Sainz Jr. He got the unexpected F1 debut after Sainz was diagnosed with appendicitis and needed an operation the same day.
Hendrick Motorsports has dropped sponsor Hooters because restaurant chain could not pay team

Hendrick Motorsports has dropped sponsor Hooters because restaurant chain could not pay team

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 3 - 2:36 p.m.  |  Save Story

Hendrick Motorsports has ended its ties to longtime sponsor Hooters because the restaurant chain know for chicken wings and skimpy wait-staff outfits could not meet its financial commitments. Hooters had sponsored the No. 9 car driven by Chase Elliott since 2017. It broke into NASCAR in the early 1990s backing late driver Alan Kulwicki. Kulwicki and Elliott both won NASCAR titles. Hendrick said both sides tried to work out a solution but could not and ended the relationship.
Richard Petty, 'The King' of NASCAR, says camp for seriously ill children is family's true legacy

Richard Petty, 'The King' of NASCAR, says camp for seriously ill children is family's true legacy

Jenna Fryer, Associated Press  |  Posted July 3 - 11:48 a.m.  |  Save Story

Richard Petty has a record 200 wins in the NASCAR Cup Series to go along with seven championships. The Hall of Fame driver known as "The King" and his family have been with the stock car series since its inception in 1948. He turned 87 this week and says his family should be hailed for something far bigger than anything it did in NASCAR. Petty wants the family legacy to be the Victory Junction Gang Camp, which was opened in 2004 for chronically ill children as a way to honor his late grandson.
Josh Berry will race Wood Brothers No. 21 after closing of Stewart-Haas team

Josh Berry will race Wood Brothers No. 21 after closing of Stewart-Haas team

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 3 - 11:37 a.m.  |  Save Story

NASCAR Cup Series rookie Josh Berry has signed to drive the Wood Brothers' No. 21 car next season after the closing of his current Stewart-Haas Racing team. Wood Brothers Racing announced Berry's hire on Wednesday. Berry stepped into the Stewart-Haas No. 4 after the retirement of Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick. Berry has four top 10 finishes this season, all coming in the past seven races. That run includes finishing third at Darlington in May and New Hampshire in June. Berry and the series will race in downtown Chicago this weekend.
After years-long effort, IndyCar is ready to unveil its hybrid engine system this weekend in Ohio

After years-long effort, IndyCar is ready to unveil its hybrid engine system this weekend in Ohio

Dave Skretta, Associated Press  |  Posted July 3 - 9:12 a.m.  |  Save Story

IndyCar will unveil its hybrid engine system this weekend at the Mid-Ohio race track. It has been a joint effort involving IndyCar and engineers from Chevrolet and Honda, the two engine suppliers for the series. Each took on a different piece of the hybrid system to develop. The system has gone through extensive testing and IndyCar is confident in its product. Drivers will need to learn when to deploy quick, powerful energy boosts that provide about 120 extra horsepower, pushing the total for IndyCar engines over 800 for the first time in decades.
Carson Hocevar fined $50,000, docked 25 points for spinning out Harrison Burton under caution

Carson Hocevar fined $50,000, docked 25 points for spinning out Harrison Burton under caution

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 2 - 4:55 p.m.  |  Save Story

Carson Hocevar has been fined $50,000 and docked 25 driver points for spinning out Harrison Burton under caution during Sunday's Ally 400 at Nashville Speedway. NASCAR announced the penalty on Tuesday against Hocevar, who drives the Spire Motorsports No. 77. Hocevar hit Burton from behind, sending him sideways. Burton's No. 21 car ended up against the wall. Denny Hamlin had called on NASCAR to take action against Hocevar. Speaking on his podcast, Hamlin characterized Hocevar as a "repeat offender."
Belmont Park winter racing to take place on a synthetic surface when the track reopens in 2026

Belmont Park winter racing to take place on a synthetic surface when the track reopens in 2026

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Posted July 2 - 4:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

Winter racing at Belmont Park will be exclusively run on a synthetic surface when the track reopens in 2026. The New York Racing Association announced that move Monday. The aim is to make racing safer for horses and jockeys by running on a newly constructed Tapeta to reduce the impacts of weather elements like rain and snow. Dirt and turf racing remain the norm in the spring, summer and fall. The addition of a synthetic track using the same materials as Gulfstream Park in Florida allows the NYRA to make a higher-quality renovated dirt course for the remainder of the year.
Arrow McLaren to replace Rossi with Lundgaard in yet another driver lineup change for IndyCar team

Arrow McLaren to replace Rossi with Lundgaard in yet another driver lineup change for IndyCar team

Jenna Fryer, Associated Press  |  Updated July 2 - 10:50 a.m.  |  Save Story

Arrow McLaren Racing is replacing former Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi with Christian Lundgaard next season. The 22-year-old Danish driver will leave Rahal Letterman Lanigan, the team that brought him out of the Formula 1 ladder and signed him to a full-time deal in the American open wheel series. Rossi won the Indy 500 in 2016 as a rookie with Andretti Global and joined Arrow McLaren last year. But McLaren had its eye on Lundgaard and could not agree to terms with Rossi.
Josef Newgarden dreams of trying the grueling double of the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600

Josef Newgarden dreams of trying the grueling double of the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600

Teresa M. Walker, Associated Press  |  Posted July 1 - 8:55 a.m.  |  Save Story

Back-to-back Indianapolis 500 champion Josef Newgarden has a driving dream he still harbors. Yes, he knows the challenges with schedules and sponsors make it likely impossible to ever achieve. That doesn't stop Newgarden from not only wanting to drive a stock car someday, he wants to do The Double. Yes, the Indy 500 followed by a quick flight to Charlotte, North Carolina, for the Coca-Cola 600. Kyle Larson was the latest to try in May only to be foiled by weather. That's not stopping Newgarden from hoping to add his name to the exclusive list of those who've tried.