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Models present creations by Chinese designer Zheng Wei in her Mackzheng collection during the China Fashion Week in Beijing, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

AP Week in Pictures: Global

SEPT. 11 - 17, 2021

John and Britttany Force top Carolina Nationals qualifying

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — The father-daughter duo of John and Brittany Force topped the first round of qualifying Friday night in the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.

FILE - In this May 20, 2021, file photo, Alex Palou, of Spain, waits to drive during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. The bad news for Alex Palou is that he’s never raced before at Laguna Seca, the penultimate race in the IndyCar championship. The good news? Those trying to wrest the title away from Palou don’t have much experience, either. Laguna Seca only returned to the IndyCar schedule in 2019 and then was canceled last year during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

O'Ward says IndyCar championship is Alex Palou's to lose

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) — Alex Palou strolled confidently through the Laguna Seca paddock, his focus firmly honed on closing out his first IndyCar championship.