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August 2, 1996 | From Reuters
Veteran race car driver Emerson Fittipaldi figures the fiery crash that gave him a broken neck might have been a sign, and he's thinking about heeding it. Fittipaldi, a two-time Indianapolis 500 and two-time Formula One champion, walked from Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital on Thursday, wearing a neck brace, smiling and telling reporters that the Marlboro 500 on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway might have been his last race.
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April 11, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
Chevrolet is honking its own horn hard for the rollout of its new Corvette Z06 convertible, calling it the most powerful drop-top the company has ever produced. Boasting 625 horsepower and 635 pound-feet or torque, the Z06 is built on a brand new all-aluminum frame that the company says lowers the weight, increases stability and for the first time makes race-track performance possible in a convertible. Extolling the vehicle as "a race car that's street legal" married to "a private jet for the road," the company's Corvette product manager, Harlan Charles, said the 2015 model is also the first Z06 offering an automatic transmission -- an eight-speed paddle-shift version -- as well as the traditional seven-speed manual one. PHOTOS: Chevy's Corvette Z06 convertible Chevy isn't releasing official speed or fuel-consumption data, but Charles said the Z06 will make zero to 60 in 3.5 seconds or less, while still matching the 2014 Stingray's reported 29 mpg. It also features the company's active fuel-management system, which automatically turns the V-8 engine into a V-4 when minimal power is needed, increasing fuel economy, as well as a variety of aerodynamic elements that increase downforce, which will be useful on track days.
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January 31, 2010 | By Haitham Chehabi
Zoom! Zoom! Vroom! Vroom! oom! Zoom! Vroom! Vroom! Grandma Jenkins sped down the track in her banged-up old Chevy, glory galloping through her veins. "You can't catch me now, fools!" she crowed. And then, with a loud cackle, she pounced her way toward the finish line, howling with victory. The young men Grandma was racing against dipped their heads in shame and shuffled away. "Beaten by a grandma," one of the men muttered, looking dazed. "That's right, Cream Puff!"
SPORTS
March 8, 2014 | Jim Peltz
The new style of qualifying for NASCAR Sprint Cup races is exciting -- too exciting in the view of some drivers. Joey Logano set a track qualifying record Friday to win the pole position for Sunday's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where NASCAR for the first time used a three-round version of its new "knockout" style of qualifying. But a byproduct of the format is that drivers circled the 1.5-mile speedway Friday at vastly different speeds, setting up a possibly dangerous situation if the cars collided.
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March 18, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  Authorities have identified the victims of a California raceway crash as a race car owner and the 14-year-old cousin of the teenage driver. The Yuba County Sheriff's office said the crash occurred at Marysville Raceway Park in Santa Rosa when the race car driven by Chase Johnson careened off the track and into the pit row, striking and killing 68-year-old Dale Wondergem Jr. and 14-year-old Marcus Johnson on Saturday. Chase Johnson, 17, was not injured in the accident.
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November 13, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR has sent a clear message to its drivers: No more Twitter, or any other type of smartphone use, in its race cars. The sanctioning body Monday levied a $25,000 fine on Brad Keselowski -- who leads the Sprint Cup Series standings -- because he used a smartphone in his car Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway. Keselowski's in-car television camera showed the 28-year-old using his phone, which included sending a tweet, during a 15-minute break when the cars were stopped so that crews could clean up a wreck involving Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer.
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September 7, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
It's been a rough week for Tony Stewart, and it wasn't getting much better Friday for the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. Stewart also is co-owner of his Stewart-Haas Racing team, and earlier this week Office Depot said it was dropping its primary sponsorship of Stewart's No. 14 Chevrolet after this season. "It is a big void," Stewart told reporters at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, site of Saturday night's Cup race, according to a transcript provided by Chevrolet.
AUTOS
November 29, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
British car manufacturer Bentley Motors is introducing its new GT3 race car in the U.S. at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The GT3 signals Bentley's return to the racetrack for the first time since its historic sixth 24 Hours of  Le Mans victory in 2003. Photos: Bentley Continental GT3 race car The new car is based on the fastest car Bentley ever built: the Continental GT Speed.  Bentley said the GT3 features “state-of-the-art motorsport hardware and a comprehensive aerodynamic package” with the adoption of a rear-wheel-drive chassis in accordance with the regulations.
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December 6, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
Stroll over to Nissan's booth at the Los Angeles Auto Show and you'll see the usual collection of cars, trucks and SUVs, not unlike other automakers' displays around the convention center. And then you'll see Nissan's DeltaWing, a black rocket made from carbon composite. The long, narrow body on the open-top experimental race car measures just 2 and a half feet wide from the nose, over the front wheels, to the driver's elbows. From there, the car widens dramatically -- another 4.3 feet -- to cover the rear wheels.
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December 25, 2000 | From Staff and Wire Reports
John Cooper, a car designer who developed the rear-engine Formula One racer and the lovable Mini Cooper, died Sunday in Worthing, England. He was 77. Cooper had been battling cancer, according to Doug Nye, a family friend and racing writer. Cooper "made a great contribution to the sport of motor racing," veteran race driver Stirling Moss said. "He put England back on top." He got an early start in the racing business as the son of designer and driver Charles Cooper.
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March 2, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Kevin Harvick won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway in dominant fashion Sunday while Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second. "This is awesome," said Harvick, who now holds the record for most Cup victories at PIR with five. "What a race car. " Harvick led 224 of the race's 312 laps around the one-mile oval, and he continually kept Earnhardt at bay on several restarts following caution periods. "We didn't have enough race car all day long" to catch Harvick, Earnhardt said, adding that Harvick "feels good and confident about what he's doing here.
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March 2, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Kevin Harvick crashed Junior Nation's party on Sunday. Dale Earnhardt Jr. tried everything he could to give his fans another win after his Daytona 500 victory a week ago, but Harvick would have none of it. Harvick won the Sprint Cup Series' second race of the season, at Phoenix International Raceway, with a dominant performance that included keeping Earnhardt repeatedly at bay on several late restarts. "This is awesome," said Harvick, who led 224 of the race's 312 laps.
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February 21, 2014 | By Matt Murschel
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A possible showdown between Danica Patrick and Richard Petty has moved one step closer to becoming a reality. Petty, a seven-time NASCAR champion, was on "Fox and Friends" on Friday and told the news channel that he would be all in for a possible race between himself and Patrick. "I'm 76 years old, OK?" Petty said, according to USA Today. "It's been 25 years since I've been in a race car. But I'll take that challenge. " The challenge was issued by Patrick's teammate and team owner Tony Stewart , who was upset with the legendary driver for comments he made about Patrick's chances of ever winning on the NASCAR circuit.
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January 21, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Sales of Ferraris, Corvettes and a McLaren race car helped set a record at Arizona's annual Scottsdale classic car auctions. Nearly $249 million worth of rare chrome and red-blooded horsepower changed hands. This year's sales marked an 11% jump over last year's $224 million, according to Hagerty Insurance, which values, tracks and insures classic cars. A total of 2,321 vehicles were sold during the week. The auctions, which varied from a single-day event to a nearly weeklong extravaganza, concluded Sunday.
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December 3, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
An unnamed U.S. car collector got a quick start on holiday shopping at a London auction over the weekend, spending nearly $12 million on a trio of rare vehicles. At Bonhams' annual London auction on Sunday, the buyer took home a 1952 Jaguar C-Type for $4.74 million, a 1956 Jaguar 'Shortnose' D-Type for $4.25 million and a 1960 Commer TS3 transport truck for $2.94 million. All three vehicles were from the Ecurie Ecosse racing collection. An additional five cars from the Ecurie collection were sold to different individual buyers.
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December 3, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The limited-production, high-powered 2005 Porsche Carrera GT involved in the fiery weekend crash that killed actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas has a history of being difficult to control. The sports car is capable of reaching 100 mph in under seven seconds. It was built without the stability management system that most Porsche models are equipped with.  Tonight Show host Jay Leno, a veteran supercar driver, spun a Porsche Carrera GT at 180 to 190 mph at Talledega.
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March 5, 1986 | From Reuters
A racing car skidded into the crowd on a winding road today during the opening stage of the Portuguese Motor Rally, killing a woman spectator and a young boy and injuring 15 other people, officials said.
NEWS
July 2, 1992
Remember why the apple falls out of the tree? Roger Hickey does, and he has taken gravity to the extreme. In September, 1990, Hickey and a friend, Don Baumea, started tinkering with the idea of new type of race car. Borrowing from go-cart technology and bobsled design, the 33-year-old Hickey created Gravity Formula One--a motorless race car with the looks of a Grand Prix racer but without the deafening engine roar. "People underestimate gravity," Hickey said.
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November 21, 2013 | By Austin Knoblauch
It seems as if every time NASCAR crowns a new champion -- or the same one in Jimmie Johnson's case -- the question comes up as to whether race car drivers are athletes. It's an ongoing debate that probably never will be settled, but former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb definitely has an opinion on the matter. During a Fox Sports 1 segment Friday, McNabb was asked where Johnson fell among the greatest athletes of the decade. After stating Johnson is ranked third on his take of the decade's best (behind Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant)
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October 22, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
His talent on the track and antics off it were depicted in the film "Rush. " Now deep-pocketed fans of the late James Hunt will be able to buy the last F1 race car he ever drove to victory. RK Motors Collector Car Auctions has announced it will be selling the 1977 McLaren M26 F1 race car that Hunt drove the season after winning his only world championship title in 1976. It was that season that Hunt's rivalry with Austrian racer Niki Lauda came to a head, the events of which were chronicled in the recent Ron Howard film.
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