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Race Car Driver Dead in Terrifying Crash

Anthoine Hubert, RIP

(Newser) - French driver Anthoine Hubert has died in a Formula Two accident at the Belgian Grand Prix, the AP reports. The 22-year-old Hubert died following an estimated 160mph collision on Lap 2 at the high-speed Spa-Francorchamps track, which earlier Saturday saw qualifying for Sunday's Formula One race. (See the terrifying... More »

He Was Watching the Race. Then a Car Jumped the Fence

67-year-old Richard Speck killed at Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - A fun Friday night out at the racetrack turned deadly for one spectator in Pennsylvania. NBC News reports that two race cars collided while zipping around Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, and when one of the cars lost control and hit a wall, the force propelled it over the track'... More »

F1 Legend Niki Lauda Dies

He won 2 titles after surviving horrific crash

(Newser) - Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda, who won two of his titles after a horrific crash that left him with serious burns and went on to become a prominent figure in the aviation industry, has died. He was 70. The Austria Press Agency quoted Lauda's family as saying... More »

Big Name in Racing Charged With Drunk Driving

Al Unser Jr. won Indy 500 twice, but he has long battled alcohol problems

(Newser) - A big name in auto racing is making headlines for the wrong reasons. Two-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser Jr. was charged with drunk driving early Monday, reports the Indianapolis Star . Unser, 57, is now retired from racing, but he won the Indy 500 in 1992 and 1994 and competed... More »

NASCAR Driver Suffers Unusual Race Malady

A carbon monoxide leak made Denny Hamlin ill

(Newser) - Denny Hamlin suffered from nausea and double vision from carbon monoxide that seeped into his Toyota at the end of the NASCAR race at Dover. Hamlin felt ill after Monday's race and was attended to by medical staff on pit road after he finished 21st, per the AP . Hamlin... More »

Shock, Dismay Over F1 Racing Death

Fans, drivers mourn F1 racing director Charlie Whiting

(Newser) - Formula One racing director Charlie Whiting has died suddenly, causing shock and dismay among drivers, team bosses, and fans. The 66-year-old Englishman, who had a connection to F1 dating back to 1977, died in Melbourne from a pulmonary embolism on Thursday, three days before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, the... More »

Indy's 'Quiet Pioneer' Is Dead at 83

Mari Hulman George has died at age 83

(Newser) - Mari Hulman George, the "quiet pioneer" of auto racing who ordered drivers to start their engines and was instrumental in the expansion of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, died Saturday. She was 83, the AP reports. Hulman George, the speedway's chairman of the board emeritus, died in Indianapolis with her... More »

Insane Indy 500 Crash Sends Race Car Flying Through Air

Video: Both drivers survive the accident

(Newser) - This year’s Indy 500 found its instant replay moment, and it looks like it could have come straight from a Michael Bay film. Driver Scott Dixon walked away Sunday from the nightmare crash captured in this video . (Replay starts about 47 seconds in.) It also can be seen... More »

Sprint Car Driver Killed in Horrific Wreck

David Steele, 42, died trying to win his 100th race in Florida

(Newser) - Sprint car veteran David Steele has died during a race in Florida, reports the AP , after he locked wheels with another car, went airborne, spun 180 degrees, and hit a retaining wall. Medics attempted to treat him but he was pronounced dead. He was 42. "Desoto Speedway owners and... More »

A Major US Drug Kingpin Moonlighted as a Pro Racer

Or was it the other way around?

(Newser) - "I very much still consider myself a race car driver," 62-year-old Randy Lanier says. And that's no small statement considering Lanier recently got out of prison, where he spent a quarter-century for importing at least 600,000 pounds of marijuana into the US. Rolling Stone takes a... More »

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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