• Felipe Massa backtracks on F1 retirement, confirms Williams return for ’17
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    Felipe Massa backtracks on F1 retirement, confirms Williams return for ’17

    Less than six weeks after making what was set to be his final start in Formula 1, Felipe Massa has confirmed his return to the grid for 2017 with Williams, on a one-year deal. The news was announced by the team on Monday, completing its line-up for the 2017 campaign ahead of the season-opener in Australia on March 26. “Firstly, I am very happy to have an opportunity to return to Williams. I always intended to race somewhere in 2017, but Williams is a team close to my heart and I have respect for everything it is trying to achieve,” Massa said. “Valtteri has a great opportunity, given the turn of events over the winter, and I wish him all the best at Mercedes. “In turn, when I was offered the

  • Several NASCAR drivers still hope to make Chili Bowl title race tonight, fans fight ice storm
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    Several NASCAR drivers still hope to make Chili Bowl title race tonight, fans fight ice storm

    The final rounds of the 31st annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals takes place today and this evening in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The main event will be the A-Main, scheduled to take the green flag at 11:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. CT. Of several NASCAR drivers who hope to still advance to the 24-driver main event, only one – Christopher Bell – is locked in. Other NASCAR drivers still hoping to race their way into the A-Main via several other qualifying events are Ricky Stenhouse Jr., J.J. Yeley, Justin Allgaier, Kyle Larson and K&N Pro Series driver Chase Briscoe. Also, if he fails to transfer into the A-Main via qualifying races, two-time defending champion Rico Abreu may still have a chance to go

  • McLaren set to keep MP4 in car name following Ron Dennis’ departure
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    McLaren set to keep MP4 in car name following Ron Dennis’ departure

    BIRMINGHAM, UK – McLaren executive director Zak Brown says the team is set to continue using ‘MP4′ as part of its Formula 1 car name following long-standing chairman Ron Dennis’ departure late last year. Dennis announced in November that he would be stepping down as chairman and CEO of McLaren at the end of 2016, citing “entirely spurious grounds” for his departure. Dennis was instrumental in McLaren’s success during his tenure from 1981 until 2016, and started the tradition of its F1 cars carrying the ‘MP4’ moniker. MP4 stands for ‘McLaren Project Four’, with Dennis running a racing team called Project Four Racing prior to his arrival at McLaren. It had been suggested that McLaren could drop

  • NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Richard Childress’ first job in racing paid a dollar a day
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    NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Richard Childress’ first job in racing paid a dollar a day

    Before his friendship with Dale Earnhardt that produced such amazing dividends, before his NASCAR Hall of Fame election, before he bought an old taxi for $20 and turned it into his first race car, Richard Childress fell in love with racing. He was 8 years old. This was in the early 1950s at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, one of the sport’s legendary short-track venues. Childress, who on Friday will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Charlotte, got to go the races one Saturday night with his stepfather. And he loved the sound and the speed so much that he wanted to go back. Not just the next Saturday night, but every Saturday night Bowman Gray was open. For years.