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  1. Scott Dixon leads "star car" to 24 Hours of Daytona victory

    Auto racing

    DAYTONA BEACH — Chip Ganassi bristles when his No. 02 team is called the "star car."

    From left, the winning team of Tony Kanaan, Kyle Larson, Jamie McMurray and Scott Dixon celebrate after the 24 Hours of Daytona.
  2. Patrick Dempsey set for more racing after impending divorce

    Auto racing

    DAYTONA BEACH — Actor and racing enthusiast Patrick Dempsey is trying to keep a low profile at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

    Fast bunch to start 2015 Pole-sitter Oswaldo Negri, Jr., front, driving a Honda prototype, leads a group of cars through Turn 6 in the infield course during the 24 Hours of Daytona at Daytona International Speedway, the opening race of the United SportsCar series championship. The race concludes today with television coverage from 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.
  3. Extra bit of teamwork works at 24 Hours of Daytona

    Auto racing

    How would teamwork work if, a few times a year, NBA teams had to play six-on-six or NFL teams switched to 13-on-13 just for the playoffs?

    Sebastien Bourdais, of France, leaves his garage after a practice session for the IMSA 24 hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Thursday in Daytona Beach. [AP photo]
  4. Jeff Gordon will park his Chevy after 2015 season

    Auto racing

    Jeff Gordon, with a nagging back injury, a young family he wanted to spend more time with and a phenom waiting in the wings at Hendrick Motorsports, knew midway through last season that he had one more year in him.

    A familiar scene: Jeff Gordon crossing the finish line to win a NASCAR race in his No. 24 Chevy. Gordon, 43, has 92 career wins.
  5. NASCAR's Jeff Gordon retiring after 2015 as full-time driver

    Auto racing

    Jeff Gordon, with a nagging back injury, a young family he wanted to spend more time with and a phenom waiting in the wings at Hendrick Motorsports, knew midway through last season that he had one more year in him.

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JULY 27:  Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, celebrates by kissing the bricks after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) 464037387
  6. 5 observations as NASCAR season approaches

    Auto racing

    TAMPA — With the Daytona 500 less than a month away, NASCAR sent three of its Sprint Cup series drivers to Tampa during a promotion for the season-opening race.

    Three-time Sprint Cup champ Tony Stewart stops by MacDill Air Force Base as part of a USO tour.
  7. Driver, at 4 feet 4, overcomes stature to join NASCAR feeder series

    Auto racing

    MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Rico Abreu, coming off the biggest win of his career, will get a shot at driving a NASCAR stock car.

    Rico Abreu, middle, at 4 feet 4, celebrates his win Saturday at the Chili Bowl Nationals, a major sprint car event in Tulsa, Okla.
  8. NASCAR's Kurt Busch, accused of assault, says ex is trained assassin (w/video)

    Auto racing

    DOVER, Del. — The NASCAR driver known as "The Outlaw" said he believes his ex-girlfriend is a trained assassin who was dispatched on covert missions around the world once returned to him in a blood-splattered gown.

    Kurt Busch walks with his girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, after arriving for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., in May. [Associated Press]
  9. Lewis Hamilton captures Abu Dhabi GP and F1 title

    Auto racing

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Lewis Hamilton clinched his second Formula One title in style Sunday by winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with Mercedes teammate and rival Nico Rosberg drifting out of contention in the season finale.

  10. Erica Enders-Stevens clinches first NHRA Pro Stock title

    Auto racing

    POMONA, Calif. — Erica Enders-Stevens earned her first Pro Stock championship and became the first woman to do so in that class at the NHRA Finals.