The Early Lead: Auto racing


Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 01/03/2014

Michael Schumacher honored by fans on his 45th birthday

Former Formula One driver remains in medically induced coma after skiing accident.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:44 AM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 12/31/2013

Michael Schumacher shows slight improvement, situation still “fragile”

Former Formula One driver underwent second procedure after suffering brain injury in skiing fall.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:46 AM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing

Posted at 08:08 AM ET, 12/30/2013

Michael Schumacher “fighting for his life,” doctor says (updated)

Legendary former Formula One driver is in medically induced coma after suffering head injury in skiing accident.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:08 AM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 12/12/2013

Austin Dillon to drive Dale Earnhardt No. 3 car

Son of famed racer, who was killed in a 2001 Daytona 500 crash, supports return of the number to racing.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:34 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Austin Dillon, Auto racing, NASCAR

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 11/14/2013

Dario Franchitti forced to retire from racing after crash

Three-time Indianapolis 500 champion suffered a concussion as well as back and ankle injuries in early October.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:59 PM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Dario Franchitti

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 10/11/2013

Maria de Villota dies; former F1 test driver lost an eye in crash last year

Spanish authorities believe death of 33-year-old was from natural causes.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:01 AM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Formula One, Maria De Villota

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 10/08/2013

Ashley Judd joins Dario Franchitti, who faces second surgery

Three-time Indy 500 champion is recovering from injuries sustained in crash Sunday.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:02 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ashley Judd, Auto racing, Dario Franchitti

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 10/07/2013

Dario Franchitti Indy car crash: Driver suffers broken bones in scary wreck (video)

Questions about safety of catchfences arise again after terrifying IRL crash in Houston.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:16 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Dario Franchitti

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 10/06/2013

Dario Franchitti, 13 fans injured in scary Indy car crash (video)

Three-time Indy 500 champion taken to Houston hospital; team owner says driver is okay.

By Cindy Boren  |  05:21 PM ET, 10/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Dario Franchitti

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 09/30/2013

Dale Earnhardt Jr. can't catch Jimmie Johnson at Dover

Error on pit road is costly as Junior's winless streak grows to 48 races.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:47 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 09/19/2013

Danica Patrick, Trace Adkins to co-host American Country Awards

NASCAR driver keeps expanding her brand beyond the racetrack.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:21 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Danica Patrick, NASCAR

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 09/19/2013

NAPA dumps Michael Waltrip Racing

Fallout from scandal at Richmond race is costly.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:34 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Michael Waltrip

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 09/12/2013

Jeff Gordon feels “anger on a whole ‘nother level” over Richmond outcome

Michael Waltrip Racing drew historic fine, Chase controversy isn’t going away.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:10 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Gordon, Joey Logano

Posted at 08:04 AM ET, 09/04/2013

Tony Stewart eyes Daytona 500 return

NASCAR driver, recovering from a broken leg, finds life on two wheels boring.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:04 AM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, NASCAR, Tony Stewart

Posted at 08:24 AM ET, 08/06/2013

Tony Stewart breaks leg in wreck on dirt track in Iowa

Driver undergoes surgery to repair broken tibia and fibula.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:24 AM ET, 08/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, NASCAR, Tony Stewart

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 07/30/2013

Tony Stewart flips sprint car five times (video)

Driver, it must be noted, is fine after his dirt-track mishap.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:44 PM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Tony Stewart

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 06/13/2013

NASCAR driver Jason Leffler killed in race

NASCAR drivers mourn loss of popular driver known as "LefTurn."

By Cindy Boren  |  10:33 AM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Jason Leffler, NASCAR

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 05/17/2013

Dick Trickle dies of apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound

Famed NASCAR driver was a short-track legend -- and a staple on ESPN's early broadcasts.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:01 AM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Dick Trickle, NASCAR

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 04/24/2013

NASCAR hits Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing hard

Engine fails to pass inspection after No. 20 car wins Sunday's Sprint Cup race.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:28 PM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Joe Gibbs, Matt Kenseth, NASCAR

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 04/15/2013

Man dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound at NRA 500

After sponsorship generated controversy, NASCAR take a closer look at tracks' arrangements.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:13 AM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Kyle Busch, NASCAR, NRA 500

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 04/04/2013

Denny Hamlin talks emotionally about crash, Joey Logano

Feud has percolated along since the Daytona 500, with Tony Stewart jumping in, too.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:30 AM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, NASCAR

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 03/27/2013

Denny Hamlin likely to be out six weeks, Joe Gibbs Racing says

Driver suffered compression fracture in his lower back in a crash Sunday.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:32 AM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing

Posted at 08:10 AM ET, 03/26/2013

Denny Hamlin says "I was in big trouble" after crash

Driver heads home for further tests on spinal compression fracture he suffered in crash Sunday.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:10 AM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Tony Stewart

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 03/25/2013

Denny Hamlin has compression fracture in back

Driver was injured when his car was nudged by Joey Logano on last lap Sunday.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:23 PM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Tony Stewart

Posted at 07:30 PM ET, 03/24/2013

Denny Hamlin crashes; Tony Stewart, Joey Logano clash

Hamlin reportedly is alert and awake after last lap crash sparks a fight.

By Cindy Boren  |  07:30 PM ET, 03/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Tony Stewart

Posted at 07:44 AM ET, 03/15/2013

Jeff Gordon's test-drive viral video for Pepsi is fake

Of course it was fake, but it turns out be be even faker than imagined, thanks to Funny or Die's production company.

By Cindy Boren  |  07:44 AM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Jeff Gordon, NASCAR

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 03/13/2013

Jeff Gordon's Pepsi Max "Test Drive" goes viral (video)

NASCAR driver scares a salesman when he gets behind the wheel of a Camaro.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:59 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Jeff Gordon, NASCAR

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 03/08/2013

Denny Hamlin says he won't pay NASCAR's fine

Driver says he was just expressing an opinion the new Gen-6 car.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:43 AM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, NASCAR

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 03/04/2013

NRA will sponsor NASCAR Sprint Cup race

NRA sponsored a Nationwide Series race in Atlanta last year.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:33 PM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Daytona 500

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 02/24/2013

Daytona 500 scene: Ray Lewis, 50 Cent, Erin Andrews

Celebrities, drivers and Ray Lewis mix on the infield before the race begins.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:25 PM ET, 02/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Daytona 500, Ray Lewis

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 02/24/2013

Daytona 500: Race is on schedule after crash injured fans

NASCAR will look for answers to horrifying crash as fans recover ... and head back to the track.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:44 PM ET, 02/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Danica Patrick, Daytona 500

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 02/18/2013

Will Danica Patrick win the Daytona 500?

Winning a race would mean she's known for something other than sexy Super Bowl commercials.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:14 PM ET, 02/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Danica Patrick, Daytona 500, Jeff Gordon

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 11/12/2012

NASCAR brawl overshadows Sprint Cup race

The excitement in Sunday's NASCAR race came from a brawl that included Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer and their pit crews.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:12 AM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing, Jeff Gordon, NASCAR, Sprint Cup