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Indy car driver Will Power, winner of last year's Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, reflects during an interview Tuesday in St. Petersburg. "I love to race in St. Pete,'' he said. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]

Defending champ Will Power gearing up for Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — The Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is back in its familiar spot, both on the downtown streets and on the IndyCar schedule. The open-wheel racing series was scheduled to open its season March 8 in Brasilia, but the Brazilian promoters canceled in January. So on the weekend of March 27-29, St. Petersbu …

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  1. Jimmie Johnson takes Sprint Cup win at Atlanta

    Auto racing

    HAMPTON, Ga. — The season just started. The calendar hasn't even turned to spring. Yet Jimmie Johnson has all but wrapped up a shot at his record-tying seventh Sprint Cup title.

    Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, celebrates after winning Sunday's Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.   Getty Images
  2. Missing Sprint Cup car recovered intact

    Auto racing

    HAMPTON, Ga. — The No. 44 Sprint Cup race car returned to its NASCAR shop in North Carolina on Saturday after it was recovered along a remote road in suburban Atlanta, apparently abandoned by the thieves who stole it from a hotel parking lot.

    The No. 44 Sprint Cup car of Team XTREME, left, was found not far from where it was taken, near Atlanta Motor Speedway.
  3. Kevin Harvick takes Xfinity series race at Atlanta

    Auto racing

    HAMPTON, Ga. — Kevin Harvick had another dominating drive Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, holding off Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano in the NASCAR Xfinity series race.

  4. Team XTREME's Sprint Cup car stolen in Georgia

    Auto racing

    HAMPTON, Ga. — When Travis Kvapil got the call Friday, he figured someone on his race team was playing a joke.

  5. Defending champ Will Power gearing up for Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

    Auto racing

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is back in its familiar spot, both on the downtown streets and on the IndyCar schedule.

    Indy car driver Will Power, winner of last year's Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, reflects during an interview Tuesday in St. Petersburg. "I love to race in St. Pete,'' he said. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
  6. Jeff Gordon's last Daytona 500 ends with last-lap wreck

    Auto racing

    DAYTONA BEACH — Jeff Gordon had plenty of reasons to hope the final Daytona 500 of his career would end better than a 33rd-place finish.

    Jeff Gordon, in his final Daytona 500, accepts kudos from the crowd during driver introductions. He led a race-high 87 laps.
  7. Matt Hagan extends NHRA Funny Car winning streak to three

    Auto racing

    CHANDLER, Ariz. — Matt Hagan earned his second consecutive Funny Car victory of the season Sunday in the Carquest NHRA Nationals.

    Wrecked: F1’s Fernando Alonso was concussed in a practice crash in Spain.
  8. Joey Logano wins Daytona 500 for first time

    Auto racing

    DAYTONA BEACH — After two other Ford engines blew during Sunday's Daytona 500, Joey Logano had a quick request for his Team Penske crew.

    "Say a prayer," Logano said.

    Whatever they said, it worked.

    Joey Logano takes the checkered flag after leading six times for 31 laps and holding off the pack in a green-white-checkered finish.
  9. Kyle Busch breaks leg in wreck, will miss Daytona 500

    Auto racing

    DAYTONA BEACH — Kyle Busch broke his right leg in a vicious hit Saturday into a concrete wall during the second-tier Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway, and he'll miss today's Daytona 500.

    Emergency workers tend to Kyle Busch, who broke his right leg and left foot.
  10. Ryan Reed takes Xfinity series victory at Daytona

    Auto racing

    DAYTONA BEACH — Ryan Reed won for the first time in a NASCAR national series with an Xfinity Series victory Saturday, capturing the race in which Sprint Cup star Kyle Busch was injured in a late crash (see notebook) at Daytona International Speedway.