Automobile racing

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2020, file photo, Alex Bowman waves to fans during driver introductions before the first of two Daytona 500 qualifying auto races at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Bowman scored his first iRacing victory of NASCAR's invitational series by holding off Corey LaJoie and Ryan Preece in a two-lap overtime sprint to the finish at virtual Talladega Superspeedway. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)
April 26, 2020 - 12:21 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Talladega Superspeedway wasn't immune from “The Big One” or a typical overtime finish, even in virtual racing. Alex Bowman scored his first iRacing victory of NASCAR's invitational series by holding off Corey LaJoie and Ryan Preece in a two-lap overtime sprint to the finish...
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FILE - In this May 5, 2018, file photo, Mike Smith rides Justify to victory during the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. The move of the Triple Crown’s first leg to Labor Day weekend due to the coronavirus pandemic will mark the first time the Derby won’t run on the first Saturday in May since 1945. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
April 23, 2020 - 4:36 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The governor of North Carolina is still considering a request to allow NASCAR to race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday extended the state’s stay-at-home order because of the...
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FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2019, file photo, a NASCAR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series auto race starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga. NASCAR and IndyCar have each called off their races this weekend. NASCAR was scheduled to run Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway without spectators but said Friday, March 13, 2020, it is calling off this weekend and next week’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. IndyCar was scheduled to open its season Sunday on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, but suspended it’s season through the end of April.(AP Photo/Scott Cunningham, File)
April 23, 2020 - 1:59 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The governor of North Carolina said Thursday that NASCAR teams can work in their race shops if they maintain social distancing guidelines, clearing a potential hurdle to resuming the season in coming weeks. Gov. Roy Cooper extended the state's stay-at-home order through May 8...
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FILE - In this May 12, 2019 file photo, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, left, of Britain leads the field after the start of the Spanish Formula One race at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, just outside Barcelona, Spain. Joan Fontsere, the general manager of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, says Formula One organizers are open to renegotiating hosting fees for races that may take place without fans this season because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort, File)
April 22, 2020 - 3:00 am
MADRID (AP) — Formula One organizers are open to renegotiating hosting fees for races that may take place without fans this season because of the coronavirus pandemic, the general manager of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya said. Joan Fontseré told The Associated Press that Liberty Media is “...
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A woman takes images of decorated bicycles, or flower bikes, as sign warns for the risk of spreading the coronavirus in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sunday, April 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
April 21, 2020 - 1:54 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The government in the Netherlands has extended a ban on large events, including professional sports, until Sept. 1 — effectively ending the country’s soccer season. The Dutch soccer federation responded by saying...
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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2020, file photo, Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers ponders a question during an interview with the media in Oakland, Calif. The Associated Press looks at some of the events that would have been live the week of April 20-26: _ Sign-stealing whistleblower Mike Fiers would have been in Houston with the Oakland A’s for a weekend series. The A's right-hander, who pitched for the 2017 World Series champion Astros, hasn't been back to Minute Maid Park since saying last November that his former team used a camera in center field to steal signs. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
April 20, 2020 - 6:55 am
While watching more replays of classic games with the national sports calendar on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press looks at some of the events that would have been live the week of April 20-26: MLB: — Sign-stealing whistleblower Mike Fiers would have been in Houston...
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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2020, file photo, William Byron celebrates after winning the second of the two NASCAR Daytona 500 qualifying auto races at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Byron won his second consecutive NASCAR virtual race Sunday, April 19, 2020, by holding off Timmy Hill — the driver who moved him out of the way to win an earlier iRacing event — in a race finally low on dramatics. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)
April 19, 2020 - 1:46 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Nobody did anything to get fired or lose a sponsor in this week's edition of NASCAR virtual racing. William Byron won his second consecutive NASCAR virtual race on Sunday by holding off Timmy Hill — the driver who moved him out of the way to win an earlier iRacing event — in...
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FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2017, file photo, former Edmonton Oilers great Wayne Gretzky speaks to media about the upcoming NHL Centennial Greatest Team celebration hockey game and being voted the greatest team of all time in Toronto. Possibly losing as many as 13 games with the NHL on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic could leave Alex Ovechkin two short of another 50-goal season and threaten his ability to break Gretzky’s all-time record. (Christopher Katsarov/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
April 19, 2020 - 12:45 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Charles Leclerc has won his second straight F1 Virtual Grand Prix after taking the checkered flag on the Shanghai track. The Ferrari driver started the Chinese GP in pole position and finished ahead of Red Bull’s...
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FILE - In this May 11, 2019, file photo, Simon Pagenaud, of France, celebrates after winning the Indy GP IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. Pagenaud has won IndyCar’s virtual race at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan. It is Pagenaud’s second consecutive win in the virtual racing series and third for a Team Penske driver in the four races that have been staged since sports was shutdown during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
April 18, 2020 - 2:40 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A second straight victory in virtual racing for Simon Pagenaud and Team Penske, and tempers were hot at the end of this one. Pagenaud, the reigning Indianapolis 500 winner, competed in his firesuit and captured IndyCar's race Saturday on a simulated Twin Ring Motegi in Japan...
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FILE - In this June 10, 2019, file photo, drivers race at the NASCAR cup series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. IndyCar will race Saturday, April 11, 2020, at Michigan International Speedway, one of the most beloved tracks that long ago fell off the open-wheel racing schedule. The race will be aired on NBC Sports with Dale Earnhardt Jr., just announced as a NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee and a driving force in the success of the iRacing phenomenon, making his IndyCar virtual debut. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
April 17, 2020 - 1:01 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Wales rugby coach Wayne Pivac says “two or three” of his squad have contracted the coronavirus. All have recovered, he told 1 News in New Zealand without elaborating. Wales still has a match to play in the Six...
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