John Force Racing

Something to prove

After a disappointing, winless 2015 season, Courtney Force is determined to get back on track in the NHRA this year, starting with this weekend's Circle K NHRA Winternationals.

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2dJohn Oreovicz

Oreovicz: A 'season for change' in NHRA

The curtain goes up on the "new and improved" Mello Yello Drag Racing Series at this weekend's season-opening NHRA Winternationals in Pomona.

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8dRyan McGee

State of Racing: Back to basics

Every idea in racing in recent years seems to have been prefaced with "This will be great for the sport." It wasn't in nearly every case, Ryan McGee writes, and now it's time to fix it.

Montezemolo: Schumacher news 'not good' (0:59)
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9dLaurence Edmondson

State of Racing: Formula One

Satisfaction with the world's most popular motorsport -- Formula One -- is low these days. Look no further than a tangled web of politics for why reform will be hard, writes Laurence Edmondson.

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9dBob Pockrass

State of Racing: NASCAR

No offense to NASCAR chairman Brian France, but the sport is facing bigger issues than bad weather. Solving revenue imbalance, owner concerns and the racing itself is all on the table.


Townley wins ARCA season opener at Daytona

John Wes Townley won his second ARCA season opener at Daytona on Saturday, leading 33 of the 80 laps and holding off several challengers in the first race of Speedweeks.

Magnussen: I've got a point to prove (1:14)
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Schumacher tops in qualifying at Winternationals

Tony Schumacher had a 3.722-second run at 323.66 mph on Friday to lead Top Fuel qualifying in the season-opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway.

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9dJohn Oreovicz

State of Racing: IndyCar

The IndyCar Series has its issues, but there is a lot to be optimistic about in the future. And with the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 coming in May, the time is now to get on a roll.

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9dJohn Oreovicz

State of Racing: The Rest

What is the state of racing? John Oreovicz lays out the first of five stories from ESPN on where things stand, starting with the series that aren't always at the top of Americans' minds.

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13dBob Pockrass

Pockrass: A good vibe

Maybe cool cars draw the stars -- and fans -- to the Rolex 24. Whatever it was, the race proved to be intriguing and the fans seemed happy.

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IndyCar puts safety atop priority list entering '16

IndyCar officials are requiring rear wing beam flaps on the 2016 cars as one of several safety moves put in place with hopes of creating a safer racing environment.

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13dBob Pockrass

Race car ends up in traffic jam after wrong turn

Patrick Lindsey's race took a strange turn when he ended up on the access road in the infield amid fans driving in and out of the track at Daytona International Speedway.

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15dLaurence Edmondson

Newey hits out at Mercedes engine dominance

Red Bull's chief technical officer Adrian Newey says his team is likely to lose ground on rivals Mercedes and Ferrari this year due to Formula One's "unhealthy" engine situation.

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Heavy rain causes odd qualifying for Rolex 24

Heavy rain made for a strange qualifying session on Thursday for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, benefiting Russia's Mikhail Aleshin, who earned the pole with a ninth-place qualifying effort.

19dLaurence Edmondson

F1 returns to action at wet weather test

The first Formula One action of 2016 got underway in Paul Ricard on Monday as Pirelli conducted a wet weather test with 2015 cars.

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24dNate Saunders

Steiner clarifies Gene Haas' Ferrari chassis comments

Haas team principal says Gene Haas was simply referring to the amount of time the American team has had to build its car when he said it could have a better design than Ferrari.

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23dNate Saunders

Baku chiefs deny debut F1 race under threat

Organisers of Azerbaijan's first F1 race deny the falling price of oil and the collapse of the Manat will affect its place on the 2016 F1 calendar.

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25dJohn Oreovicz

Oreovicz: Penske celebrating milestone

Roger Penske started racing in the '50s, but Team Penske as we know it started up 50 years ago. They are celebrating Wednesday night, and rightfully so as the benchmark for all-around excellence.

25dNate Saunders

Todt wants safety guarantees for closed cockpits

FIA president is willing to consider introduction of closed cockpit to open wheel racing but only once he can be sure there will be "no negative effects".


Photos: Dakar Rally 2016

Despite the danger, the allure of the world's toughest endurance race is still a draw, even after moving to the Americas.

Verstappen runs Red Bull down the mountain (1:03)
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30dJohn Oreovicz

Oreovicz: Detroit show has racy cars, not many racing ones

Don't go to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit looking for race cars -- they are few and far between. But the show is still an exciting look at an industry on a hot streak.

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31dNate Saunders

Magnussen linked to Maldonado's Renault seat

Dane reportedly in talks with Renault about a future drive, with a drop in Venezuela's oil prices and a late payment from sponsor PDVSA putting Pastor Maldonado in danger of losing his seat.

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31dNate Saunders

Gutierrez targeting immediate points with Haas

Mexican driver says Haas has taken on the "ambitious challenge" of immediately challenging for positions inside the top ten during its debut season, starting with 2016's opener in Australia.

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32dJohn Oreovicz

Oreovicz: Team Murray will be entertaining

Brett Murray gets things done. The man known as "Crusher" is putting rookie Matthew Brabham in the Indy 500 for PIRTEK Team Murray with an association to the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation.

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Four Days Of Force Frustration

No matter how successful a dad might be, figuring out a smart phone is no easy task. Funny Car legend John Force is no exception

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33dNate Saunders

Hamilton and Rosberg 'the perfect couple' - Zetsche

Mercedes chief Dieter Zetsche says the contrasting lifestyles of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are "bookends" for the team and make them the perfect partnership.

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36dMaurice Hamilton

Tyler Alexander: 1940 - 2016

Maurice Hamilton pays tribute to the late Tyler Alexander, "the absolute definition of a true Racer", after he passed away aged 75.

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