Formula One’s 21-race calendar is approved

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Formula One’s 21-race calendar for 2019 has been approved, with Melbourne as usual hosting the season-opening Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 17. Governing body FIA said after a meeting of its World Motor Sport Council in St. Petersburg on Wednesday that 11 races would be held in Europe, five in Asia, four in the Americas and one in Australia. The season will start one week earlier and finish one week later. FIA said the cars would be heavier — with a weight…

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Truck Series champion Brett Moffitt released by title team

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Brett Moffitt needs a job for next season to defend his NASCAR Truck Series championship. Hattori Racing Enterprises informed Moffitt it will hire a driver who can bring funding to the team next season. Team owner Shige Hattori had sponsorship woes that threatened to shut his team down at various points during the season. The team survived and Moffitt won the Truck Series championship last month. Even in that championship celebration, Hattori was clear he could not bring back Moffitt unless the team found outside funding.…

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Alonso to be powered by Chevrolet in Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Fernando Alonso will be powered by Chevrolet for his second attempt to win the Indianapolis 500. Alonso is entering the race with McLaren, which had a 70 percent win rate from 1968 to 1970 when partnered with Chevrolet that included 23 consecutive victories. The IndyCar Series currently has only two engine providers, Chevrolet and Honda, but McLaren has a strained relationship with Honda. The Honda problems made it difficult for McLaren to find a partner for Alonso’s latest attempt to win the “Triple Crown of Motorsports.” Alonso…

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Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation wins NASCAR award

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A volunteer with the Maryland-based Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation has been awarded the eighth annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award during NASCAR’s season-ending awards ceremony. Carl Dakes will receive a $100,000 donation for the foundation that provides hospital and housing services to critically ill children and their families. The award is determined by an online vote and honors the philanthropic ideals of the NASCAR Foundation’s late chairperson. Dakes is a contractor who has volunteered time and resources to paint eight different Believe in Tomorrow facilities…

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Chase Elliott wins NASCAR’s most popular driver award

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Chase Elliott has been voted NASCAR’s most popular driver, ending a 15-year run for superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt presented Elliott the award during NASCAR’s annual season-ending awards ceremony Thursday at the Wynn Las Vegas. Earnhardt won the award for 15 consecutive years until his retirement last season. His streak fell one short of the record of 16 set by Chase Elliott’s father, Bill Elliott. “Definitely a big passing,” Elliott said told Earnhardt on stage. “So cool, though, that it stayed between Elliott and Earnhardt for…

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