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IndyCar Driver Dies of Freak Head Injury

Justin Wilson was injured yesterday at Pocono Raceway

(Newser) - IndyCar driver Justin Wilson has died from a head injury suffered when a piece of debris struck him at Pocono Raceway. He was 37. IndyCar made the announcement tonight at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Wilson is a British driver who lived outside Denver in Longmont, Colo. He was hit in the... More »

Race Car Driver Dies From Crash Injuries

F1's Jules Bianchi had been in a coma for months

(Newser) - Formula One driver Jules Bianchi died today in a French hospital from head injuries sustained in a crash at last year's Japanese Grand Prix. He was 25. Bianchi had been in a coma since the Oct. 5 accident, in which he collided at high speed with a mobile crane... More »

Grand Jury to Consider Case Against Driver Tony Stewart

He could face charges in death of fellow driver

(Newser) - A grand jury will decide whether to charge three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in the August death of a fellow driver at a race in upstate New York. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said today he decided to present the case to a grand jury after reviewing evidence collected... More »

Woman Killed During Midget Racing Lesson

New Jersey company says its cars can top 90mph

(Newser) - A young woman died Saturday while learning how to drive three-quarter midget race cars on a speedway in Middletown, NJ, the Asbury Park Press reports. Police say Amanda Gambacorto, 21, was driving behind another car when she lost control and hit the track wall head-on at about 12:30pm. The... More »

Tony Stewart Pulls Out of Race After Fatal Crash

Rep had earlier said it was 'business as usual'

(Newser) - Tony Stewart will withdraw from today's NASCAR race in Watkins Glen, reports the AP , in the wake of last night's fatal accident that killed 20-year-old driver Kevin Ward Jr . in Western New York. It's a reversal for Stewart, whose rep had earlier this morning confirmed he would... More »

Race Car Driver Killed in Accident With Tony Stewart

NASCAR driver allegedly hit Kevin Ward in sprint car race

(Newser) - NASCAR champ Tony Stewart hit and killed a fellow race car driver last night on a dirt track in Western New York. As the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports, after driver Kevin Ward Jr. was spun out by Stewart at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, he got out of his car to... More »

Promising Racer, 26, Dead in Training Crash

Sean Edwards was instructing 20-year-old driver

(Newser) - Sean Edwards, a promising British racer and son of ex-Formula One driver Guy Edwards, died yesterday in a crash during training. He was 26. Edwards, the Porsche Supercup Championship leader, was in the passenger seat as an instructor for a private training session at Queensland Raceway at Willowbank, outside Brisbane,... More »

Driver, 13 Fans Hurt in IndyCar Smash

Dario Franchitti in Houston hospital

(Newser) - Three-time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti is in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a shocking multicar crash at yesterday's Houston Grand Prix. The Scotsman suffered a concussion, a spinal fracture that will not require surgery, and a fractured right ankle in the crash that also left 13 fans... More »

Pro-Pot Milestone: Ad Appears at Big Sports Event

Video at NASCAR race says marijuana way better than beer

(Newser) - USA Today takes note of a first for the pro-marijuana movement: A video extolling the benefits of pot will appear near the gate of a major sports event, in this case NASCAR's Brickyard 400. The ad, by the Marijuana Policy Project, will play on a video screen dozens... More »

Danica Patrick Shrugs Off Slam From (Male) TV Analyst

Kyle Petty says she'll never be a real race car driver

(Newser) - Danica Patrick might have a little extra incentive tomorrow when she races at Kentucky Speedway. It comes courtesy of former driver and current TV analyst Kyle Petty, who called her a "marketing machine" but not much of a driver, reports Auto World News .
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Racing's Dick Trickle Phoned in Own Suicide

'I'm the one,' he calmly told 911

(Newser) - Longtime racing driver Dick Trickle not only killed himself yesterday in a North Carolina cemetery at age 71, he matter-of-factly called 911 beforehand to let police know where they would find his body, reports TMZ . The dispatcher initially didn't realize Trickle was referring to himself until he clarified, "... More »

Johnson Wins 2nd Daytona 500

Danica Patrick was first woman to lead the race

(Newser) - Danica Patrick made history up front at the Daytona 500 today, only to see Jimmie Johnson make a late push ahead of her and reclaim his spot at the top of his sport. It was the second Daytona victory for Johnson, a five-time NASCAR champion who first won "The... More »

28 Fans Injured in Chilling Daytona Crash

Kyle Larson's car sends debris flying

(Newser) - More than two dozen NASCAR fans were injured today when large chunks of debris, including a tire, sailed into the grandstands when a car flew into the fence on a frightening last-lap accident in the second-tier Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway. As emergency workers tended to injured fans... More »

C'mon, Danica, Women Deserve Better

Patrick's sexist commercials are a step backward for women drivers: Laura Helmuth

(Newser) - The thing that Laura Helmuth loves best about auto racing is that it's the one sport in which women get to compete against men as equals. Which is why Danica Patrick's decision to become a "GoDaddy Girl" and make a "series of stupid, sexist ads"—... More »

Formula One Driver Loses Eye in Crash

Maria de Villota's car collided with a stationary truck

(Newser) - Formula One driver Maria de Villota lost her right eye at a test event in Britain yesterday, when her car crashed into a stationary truck, CNN reports. De Villota, daughter of former F1 driver Emilio de Villota and one of just two female drivers contracted to an F1 team, was... More »

Franchitti Wins 3rd Indy 500

Dario Franchitti takes advantage of Takuma Sato crash

(Newser) - Dario Franchitti won the Indianapolis 500 today for the third time, taking advantage when Takuma Sato crashed on the final lap. The Japanese driver went for the lead going into the first turn, pulled even with Franchitti but got too low, and it sent him into the outside wall. Sato'... More »

After Fire, Rain, Matt Kenseth Wins Daytona 500

It was a crazy night involving lots of Tide laundry detergent

(Newser) - Well, NASCAR certainly knows how to make a prime-time impression. Rain, fire, and Tide laundry detergent all factored into a Daytona 500 that will go down as the most bizarre in NASCAR history. And oh, yeah, Matt Kenseth picked up his second Daytona 500 title. The first Daytona 500 to... More »

Disney World's New Ride: Luxury Speedsters

Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Porsches, and more coming to speedway

(Newser) - From the Pirates of the Caribbean to the Ferraris of Florida—one ride at Disney World will get a lot more horsepower in January. The park plans to add "exotic driving" to its repertoire, reports the Orlando Sentinel . Along with two Ferraris (which go from zero to 60 in... More »

IndyCar CEO Had Promised More 'Carnage'

IndyCar had purposely been upping danger to add excitement

(Newser) - In a June interview that seems eerily prescient in light of Dan Wheldon’s death , IndyCar Chief Executive Randy Bernard promised more “carnage and wrecks” in the upcoming races. IndyCar, struggling to compete with the more popular NASCAR, was attempting to make its races more exciting by increasing the... More »

On Final Night, Wheldon, Wife Got His-and-Her Tattoos

'He was just a fun, fun guy,' friend says

(Newser) - Dan Wheldon spent the final evening of his life doing something you might expect in Las Vegas: getting his-and-her tattoos with wife Susie, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal . The couple had "DW" and "SW" tattooed on their wrists at Huntington Ink inside the Palms around 10pm last night,... More »

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