Japan’s Sato grabs pole at Barber Motorsports Park
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Takuma Sato, teammate Graham Rahal and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing outshined the powerhouse teams at Barber Motorsports Park.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Danica Patrick choked back tears after crashing out of her final Indianapolis 500, that one last trip around the historic speedway that launched her career coming to such a...
Danica Patrick to join NBC’s Indy 500 team
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Danica Patrick will join NBC Sports' inaugural coverage of the Indianapolis 500 as an analyst alongside host Mike Tirico.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart headlined the six new nominees eligible for induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
NASCAR moving away from restrictor plates, not pack racing
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — There has been a string of goodbyes at Daytona International Speedway in recent years, from Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart to Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick.
There is another one on tap Sunday: The Daytona 500 will be the final NASCAR race for restrictor plates, the horsepower-sapping devices reduce speed and were intended to improve safety at the nation's fastest tracks.
No female drivers in Daytona 500, but pipeline has potential
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Hailie Deegan spent more time at Daytona 500 media day than any other driver.
The 17-year-old was a guest host for NASCAR.com, trading in her firesuit for a microphone and interviewing one Cup Series star after another. It was the closest Deegan will get to the action at Daytona International Speedway during Speedweeks.
NASCAR needs new stars and Kyle Larson may save the sport
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR's biggest stars have all moved on. Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are television analysts while Tony Stewart is racing sprint cars again. Danica Patrick traded her firesuit for athleisure-wear while Carl Edwards just kind of disappeared.
Stewart-Haas aiming to dominate NASCAR playoff’s round of 8
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart passionately believed in Aric Almirola when others dismissed the racecar driver as a journeyman with nothing more to offer than the backing of a bacon company sponsor.
Hailie Deegan riding fast lane on rise in auto racing
GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) — There are three questions that Hailie Deegan gets from everybody she comes across, and while she insists they're not necessarily annoying, they certainly are persistent.
The first is about NASCAR star Kevin Harvick, who gave the young driver a shout-out after they raced against each other in a small event earlier this year. The second is about her favorite driver, and the last is about what it's like being the next coming of Danica Patrick.
2 more NASCAR drivers stepping away from long schedule
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Two more drivers are headed to the checkered flag of their NASCAR careers and the laps are winding down for a golden age of racing.
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Danica Patrick starred in Super Bowl commercials that turned her into a mainstream celebrity. Aric Almirola has earned ringing endorsements from his peers for his driving ability.
Patrick often mixed in workouts and cooking with her race weekend obligations. Almirola plays "Hungry Hungry Hippos" with his kids.
But the widest gap between the two is not in personality but in how they handled the No. 10 car at Stewart-Haas Racing.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Danica Patrick's monologue to open the ESPYs went over like, well, a flat tire at the Indianapolis 500.
The newly retired racecar driver was the first woman to host the annual show honoring the past year's best athletes and moments on Wednesday night in Los Angeles.
Her first joke about Cleveland fell flat. A crack about vertically challenged Astros second baseman Jose Altuve fell, uh, short too, although he managed a slight smile in the audience.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two prestigious, 500-mile races. Two hard crashes. Two back-of-the-pack finishes.
The "Danica Double" was mostly a dud.
Danica Patrick ended the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday much like she did the Daytona 500 in February: With a ride to the infield care center and feelings of frustration.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Helio Castroneves and Sebastien Bourdais each tried to make the most of a rare passing opportunity during the second half of Sunday's Indianapolis 500.
Tony Kanaan and Danica Patrick, they spun out and crashed, too.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Danica Patrick trudged out of the infield care center with her head down, mirrored sunglasses covering the disappointment in her eyes.
There was no hiding it in her voice.
"It was definitely not the way that I wanted it to end," she said softly.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Danica Patrick loves good omens.
She learned of a couple of them Saturday that could bode well for her in the Indianapolis 500.
The popular if polarizing Patrick, who will be racing for the final time Sunday, spent the morning signing autographs alongside Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves at the racetrack. The trio will make up the third row when the green flag drops, with Patrick starting on the inside.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Part-time drivers and one-off rides are usually afterthoughts at the Indianapolis 500, where the sport's brightest stars tend to shine in the hot sun on the final Sunday of May.
This year, the part-time driver is Helio Castroneves.
- Cleveland.comDanica Patrick takes dig at Cleveland, J.R. Smith in ESPYs opening monologueJuly 19, 2018
- Wisconsin State JournalAs a fan, Aaron Rodgers excited for girlfriend Danica Patrick’s final raceMay 26, 2018
- The Detroit NewsChevy lapping the field in IndyCar seriesMay 23, 2018
- The SunCarpenter Earns Pole for Indy 500May 21, 2018
- The Detroit NewsDanica Patrick takes first step toward Indy500May 2, 2018
Danica Patrick never lacked for attention.
Too bad she failed to capitalize on all that hype.
Patrick's racing career, which ends Sunday at the same place where she had her coming-out party 13 years ago , was trailblazing in many ways, but should be also be remembered as an opportunity lost — especially for any other women coming along in the rearview mirror.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tony Kanaan found himself in a familiar place atop the speed chart Friday at the final practice for the Indianapolis 500, while Honda appeared to find a little more speed on Carb Day.
Kanaan paced the field with a lap of 227.791 mph, underscoring the might that Chevrolet has shown all month. But he was followed by three Honda-powered cars driven by Scott Dixon, Marco Andretti and Sebastien Bourdais, a sign of just how wide open Sunday's race figures to be.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Danica Patrick strolled into Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a sunburn, a surprise gift from an afternoon spent in Green Bay, reading books while lying in the grass with boyfriend Aaron Rodgers.
As retirement comes racing toward her, she's never been more at ease — except for one thing.
DETROIT (AP) — Ed Carpenter made a major contribution to this year's Indianapolis 500 when he ensured Danica Patrick would have a car for her farewell race.
Now Carpenter looks like a threat to steal the show himself — and what a story that would be.
DETROIT (AP) — As Danica Patrick prepares for her farewell at this weekend's Indianapolis 500, another big event on the auto racing calendar looms earlier in the week: The vote for the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Jeff Gordon is the big name among the nominees for Wednesday's vote , but as Patrick's retirement approaches, her own candidacy for an honor like that has become an interesting topic.
NEW YORK (AP) — When Danica Patrick drives her final race in the Indy 500 on Sunday, she'll certainly be the only competitor with a Lego statue in her image.
While that won't help her win IndyCar's biggest race, it does speak to Patrick's popularity. Maybe she wasn't a rousing success behind the wheel in open wheels or NASCAR, but she has made an impact that reaches far beyond the ovals and road courses she raced.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers' eventful offseason included a trip to India to see the spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and a pit stop to watch his girlfriend, race car driver Danica Patrick, at Daytona.
He also purchased a minority stake in the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks.
This week, it's back to the practice field for the two-time NFL MVP.
Danica Patrick Poses With LEGO Twin
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ed Carpenter and Danica Patrick got exactly what they needed in qualifying Sunday.
Now comes the hard part: Finding a way to victory lane next weekend.
After crashing Roger Penske's front-row party by claiming his third Indianapolis 500 pole-winning run and watching his teammate, Patrick, qualify seventh for the final start of her career, Carpenter quickly turned his attention to hosting a bigger family celebration at the track his stepfather's family owns.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — IndyCar will likely internally consider options on how to get popular drivers James Hinchcliffe and Pippa Mann into the field for the Indianapolis 500.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — IndyCar's marquee names turned a day of qualifying for the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" into a throwback, nail-biting, bumping affair.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The throwback month is in full swing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Danica Patrick started tuning up for her final race on the historic 2.5-mile oval more than a week ago. Helio Castroneves has been peppered with questions about becoming the fourth four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500.
The seemingly indestructible A.J. Foyt came back less than two months after surviving a second bout with killer bees. Even real, live bumping should be on the qualifying weekend docket.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Leah Pritchett and Courtney Force left the NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta with winner trophies and far less attention than Danica Patrick received for simply turning laps at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Danica Patrick speeding toward NASCAR’s exit ramp
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Danica Patrick was annoyed with herself. She had trained most of her life for moments like these, but she couldn't fix the inadvertent mess she had just made.
The Latest: Patrick slips up, reveals Indianapolis 500 ride
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Daytona 500 media day (all times local):
Danica Patrick let it slip Wednesday that she will drive the Indianapolis 500 for Ed Carpenter Racing.
Patrick was upset about the error, dropping the microphone at Daytona 500 media day and mumbling in disgust.
"Oh, (shoot), did I just say that out loud?" Patrick said.
She then put the mic in her lap and cursed somewhat under her breath. It took several seconds for her to compose herself.
Danica 2.0? NASCAR searching for more female drivers
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Danica Patrick and Natalie Decker shared a hug and a little chitchat as they crossed paths at Daytona International Speedway last week.
They wished each other luck in their respective races during the brief exchange.
Decker probably could have tossed in a hearty "thank you."
Danica Patrick shown as businesswoman in new GoDaddy ad
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Danica Patrick and GoDaddy show the growth of their brands in a bright, new commercial that features Patrick's transition to life off the track.
GoDaddy's new spot will air during Sunday's season-opening Daytona 500. Although the theme is about Patrick's shift away from racing, the ad highlights the full circle Patrick has come with the company that helped make her one of the most famous female athletes in the world.
Patrick arrives in Daytona for 1st stop of ‘Danica Double’
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Danica Patrick watched drivers turn laps out of the corner of her eye. In her whirlwind preparation for the "Danica Double," getting a car ready for the first event of the NASCAR season had not been a priority.
Danica Patrick to drive Daytona 500 for Premium Motorsports
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Danica Patrick has found a ride for the Daytona 500 that helps complete the closing of her racing career in appropriate fashion.
Patrick will drive for Premium Motorsports in next month's Daytona 500, her final NASCAR race. She also plans to race in the Indianapolis 500 in May.
The one-race deal for next month's NASCAR showcase will put Patrick in the seat of the No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet, the same number she drove when she entered stock-car racing in 2010.
Column: Stenhouse can make a name for himself post-Patrick
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is a two-time Xfinity Series champion who is coming off the best season of his NASCAR career. He won his first two Cup races last year and made the playoffs for the first time in five seasons of racing in NASCAR's big leagues.
GoDaddy to sponsor Danica Patrick in ‘Danica Double’
The original "GoDaddy Girl" is back with sponsorship intact to push forward with her "Danica Double."
Danica Patrick has secured the money needed to race in both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. Now she just needs to find the rides to get her back on racing's two biggest stages. GoDaddy reunited with Patrick on Thursday for the final two races of her career, even though she still has to close deals with teams to make it happen.
Danica Patrick finds love away from track with Aaron Rodgers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Danica Patrick's heart is racing for Aaron Rodgers.
Patrick, a Chicago Bears fan, confirmed Monday she is dating the Green Bay Packers quarterback.
"Yes, Aaron and I are dating," Patrick told The Associated Press.
Rodgers split from actress Olivia Munn in 2017 after three years of dating. Patrick in late November ended a five-year relationship with fellow NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Column: Danica Patrick shifts careers, courts new fan base
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Danica Patrick's days as a race car driver are pretty much over. She says she has two races left in her, the "Danica Double," but she has yet to announce rides for either the Daytona 500 or the Indianapolis 500.
With nothing racing related to announce, Patrick has stormed into her second act and shifted gears away from the track.
Carlos Munoz to drive 6th entry in Indy 500 for Andretti
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andretti Autosport will field six entries in next year's Indianapolis 500 now that a car has been announced for two-time runner-up Carlos Munoz.
Munoz made his IndyCar Series debut with Andretti Autosport at the 2013 Indy 500. His second-place finish earned him top rookie of the race. The Colombian ran a full season with Andretti the next year and he finished second again in 2016 to teammate Alexander Rossi.
Patrick, Stenhouse Jr. put brakes on 5-year relationship
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. have split as a couple after nearly five years.
A spokeswoman for Patrick confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday that the drivers are "no longer in a relationship."
Patrick didn't attend the season-ending awards ceremony last month in Las Vegas with Stenhouse, who was honored for making NASCAR's playoffs in 2017. That led to speculation about the most high-profile couple in motorsports.
2017 Daytona 500 champ Kurt Busch returns to SHR
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) — Kurt Busch will return to Stewart-Haas Racing for the 2018 season.
Busch, the 2017 Daytona 500 champion, will start his fifth season with SHR with a new crew chief. Busch will be paired on the No. 41 Ford with Billy Scott, who takes over for Tony Gibson. Gibson will remain with SHR in a yet-to-be determined capacity.
Danica Patrick heads into a new phase of life after racing
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Danica Patrick blazed her way through motorsports like no woman ever had.
She was fearless in an Indy car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a white-knuckle track that has shaken the nerves of many a driver. With marketing savvy and strong sponsorship support, she built a platform that made her one of the most recognizable athletes in the world — not just among female athletes, either. Patrick leads all celebrities with a record 14 appearances in Super Bowl commercials.
Homestead, Fla. — As Kyle Busch walked off the stage following the final race of the year, a NASCAR official told the driver he would see him next season.
Column: NASCAR finale a respite from exodus of stars
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — As Kyle Busch walked off the stage following the final race of the year, a NASCAR official told the driver he would see him next season.
Patrick crashes in final NASCAR race as full-time driver
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Danica Patrick climbed out of her burning, smoke-filled, wrecked race car and trudged toward pit road.
She pulled off her gloves and helmet in frustration before being taken to the infield care center.
It was a much earlier exit than Patrick wanted in her final NASCAR race as a full-time driver.
"There's still racing in my future," she said. "I still have a thousand miles to go."
Penske: No room for Patrick in Indy 500 lineup. Ganassi? OK
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Roger Penske has no room in his Indianapolis 500 lineup for Danica Patrick.
"The Captain" has a hunch where Patrick's Indy comeback will take her in May — with Chip Ganassi.
"I sent him a note and said, 'Congratulations. Danica better be driving your car at Indy because unfortunately she's not driving for us,'" Penske said, laughing.