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Sister of Death Row Inmate Makes Plea to Race Car Driver

She asks Lewis Hamilton to use his clout to free her sibling in Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - The sister of a man who was sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia is asking seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton to help save her brother's life. Zeinab Abu Al-Kheir told the AP in a telephone interview that Hamilton's declaration two weeks ago in Qatar that F1 is...

COVID-Weary Fans Scoop Up All 135K Tix to Indy 500
Indy 500 Sells Out
All 135K Tickets

Indy 500 Sells Out All 135K Tickets

Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be at 40% capacity for Sunday's race

(Newser) - If anyone was worried that COVID safety protocols would keep fans away from the Indy 500, they needn't have been. Fox News reports that every one of the 135,000 tickets that was up for grabs for Sunday's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been scooped up, meaning...

An Auto Racing Legend Is Gone
An Auto Racing Legend Is Gone

An Auto Racing Legend Is Gone

Three-time Indy 500 winner Bobby Unser dead at 87

(Newser) - Bobby Unser, a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and part of the only pair of brothers to win “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” has died at age 87, per the AP . He died Sunday at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, of natural causes, the Indianapolis Speedway said Monday. Unser...

135K Set to Attend Biggest Sporting Event Since Pandemic

Indy 500 is set for Memorial Day weekend, with 40% of venue capacity allowed to attend

(Newser) - The Indianapolis 500 is set to be the largest sporting event in the world since the start of the pandemic, with 135,000 spectators permitted to attend the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" next month. Indianapolis Motor Speedway said Wednesday it worked with the Marion County Public Health Department to...

NASCAR Champ Jimmie Johnson Tests Positive for COVID

He'll miss first race of Cup career after finding out he has coronavirus

(Newser) - Jimmie Johnson was all set to race in Sunday's Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis, but he's now pulled out, for good reason: The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has contracted COVID-19. "My first priority is the health and safety of my loved ones and my teammates," the...

NASCAR Agrees With Its Lone Black Driver on Flag

'No one should feel uncomfortable' at a race, Bubba Wallace had said

(Newser) - It's time for NASCAR to prohibit fans from waving Confederate flags at its races, said Bubba Wallace, the sport's sole black driver. On Wednesday, the organization agreed. "There should be no individual that is uncomfortable showing up to our events to have a good time with their...

NASCAR Does Something It Hasn't Done Since 1984

Hamlin won rain-shortened Wednesday race

(Newser) - Denny Hamlin won NASCAR's first Wednesday race since 1984 when rain stopped the event with 20 laps remaining at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. The race marked the first time in NASCAR history that the Cup Series had two points-paying races at the same track in one week. The...

This Could Be First Live Sporting Event in a Month

Hundreds to gather in SD for weekend motor races

(Newser) - In what is perhaps the first live sporting event in a month in the US, hundreds of people are set to gather for motor races this weekend in South Dakota. That state lacks a stay-at-home order, and two Jefferson tracks will welcome race-lovers. The Park Jefferson Speedway, with a capacity...

NASCAR Driver Suspended Indefinitely After Virtual Race

Kyle Larson used racial slur during iRacing event

(Newser) - The race was virtual, but the consequences of using a racial slur are very real for NASCAR driver Kyle Larson. The 27-year-old has been suspended without pay by his team, Chip Ganassi Racing, and suspended indefinitely by NASCAR for using the N-word during an iRacing tournament livestreamed on Twitch Sunday...

'Cannonball' Record Allegedly Broken During Pandemic

Not cool, fellow illegal racers say

(Newser) - The "Cannonball Run" record has allegedly been broken—but the culprits aren't getting much respect, even from fellow illegal racers. With roads largely empty and much of the country locked down, a team of three or four racers claims to have made it from New York City's...

Formula One Official Suggests Exposing Drivers to Coronavirus

He says the idea 'was not accepted positively'

(Newser) - With motorsport halted by the coronavirus pandemic, a top racing official in Europe has suggested that drivers pass the time by becoming infected with the coronavirus. Helmut Marko, an adviser to the Formula One team Red Bull, told Austrian public broadcaster ORF that drivers could get together to build immunity...

Indy 500 Rescheduled for First Time Ever

Race will honor health workers on new date

(Newser) - The Indianapolis 500 was postponed Thursday and won't run on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1945. The race will instead be held Aug. 23, three months later than its May 24 scheduled date, the AP reports. "The month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway...

Newman Reveals Injury From Hair-Raising Crash
Newman: Here's
What Happened to Me

Newman: Here's What Happened to Me

The NASCAR driver says he's currently being treated for a head injury

(Newser) - Ryan Newman said he suffered a head injury in his crash on the last lap of the Daytona 500 but did not disclose details in a statement from the driver read before Sunday's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the AP reports. "I was fortunate to avoid any...

Driver Hospitalized After Horrific Daytona 500 Crash

Ryan Newman is in serious condition but will survive, team says

(Newser) - Ryan Newman is in serious condition with life-threatening injuries after a fiery crash that left Daytona 500 spectators wondering whether the event had suffered its first fatality since 2001. The 42-year-old driver was less than 100 yards from the finish line on the final lap Monday when he was bumped...

Hold Onto Your Seat for Ford v. Ferrari
What Critics Think
About Ford v. Ferrari

What Critics Think About Ford v. Ferrari

Expect a thrill ride

(Newser) - The true story of Ford's effort to show up Ferrari at an epic 24-hour auto race in France in 1966 is retold in Ford v. Ferrari , James Mangold's latest film starring Matt Damon as auto designer Carroll Shelby and Christian Bale as the man he recruits to drive...

Investigators Reveal Cause of Crash That Killed Jessi Combs

Wheel failed at speed of around 550mph

(Newser) - Investigators say wheel failure at speeds approaching 550mph caused the crash that killed "the fastest woman on four wheels." Professional racer and Mythbusters cast member Jessi Combs, 39, died on Aug. 27 while driving a 52,000 horsepower North American Eagle jet car across a dry lake bed...

Race Car Driver Dead in Terrifying Crash

Anthoine Hubert, RIP

(Newser) - French driver Anthoine Hubert has died in a Formula Two accident at the Belgian Grand Prix, the AP reports. The 22-year-old Hubert died following an estimated 160mph collision on Lap 2 at the high-speed Spa-Francorchamps track, which earlier Saturday saw qualifying for Sunday's Formula One race. (See the terrifying...

He Was Watching the Race. Then a Car Jumped the Fence

67-year-old Richard Speck killed at Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - A fun Friday night out at the racetrack turned deadly for one spectator in Pennsylvania. NBC News reports that two race cars collided while zipping around Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, and when one of the cars lost control and hit a wall, the force propelled it over the track'...

F1 Champ, Airline Founder Niki Lauda Dies at 70
F1 Legend Niki Lauda Dies

F1 Legend Niki Lauda Dies

He won 2 titles after surviving horrific crash

(Newser) - Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda, who won two of his titles after a horrific crash that left him with serious burns and went on to become a prominent figure in the aviation industry, has died. He was 70. The Austria Press Agency quoted Lauda's family as saying...

Big Name in Racing Charged With Drunk Driving

Al Unser Jr. won Indy 500 twice, but he has long battled alcohol problems

(Newser) - A big name in auto racing is making headlines for the wrong reasons. Two-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser Jr. was charged with drunk driving early Monday, reports the Indianapolis Star . Unser, 57, is now retired from racing, but he won the Indy 500 in 1992 and 1994 and competed...

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