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FILE - Jimmie Johnson speaks about joining the team of Chip Ganassi for the IndyCar series at a press conference during the IndyCar race weekend in St. Petersburg, Fla., in this Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, file photo. Jimmie Johnson, with wisps of gray in his beard, is a 45-year-old rookie in the IndyCar Series ready to reintroduce himself. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson, File)

Jimmie Johnson ditches vanilla label during IndyCar debut

FILE - Bristol Motor Speedway has transformed the half-mile concrete track into a dirt track, in Bristol Tenn., in this Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, file photo.  Bristol, once one of the toughest tickets in sports, trucked 23,000 cubic yards of dirt into its famed bullring to transform the facility and host NASCAR's first Cup race on dirt in 70 years on Sunday, March 28.  (David Crigger/Bristol Herald Courier via AP, File)

NASCAR to play in the dirt for the first time since 1970

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2009, file photo, American Sprint Car Series driver Jessica Zemken, now Jessica Friesen, smiles a rain delay at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen auto race in Watkins Glen, N.Y. If Jessica Friesen, successfully qualifies for her first NASCAR national series event, she will join husband Stewart Friesen in the field for the Truck Series race Saturday night, March 27, 2021, at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Friesens would be the first husband and wife to compete in the same NASCAR event since 1998. (AP Photo/ David Duprey)

Marital bliss: Stewart and Jessica Friesen enter Bristol

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FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, April 21, 2021, a protest banner against the proposed Super League is seen outside Liverpool's Anfield Stadium after the collapse of English involvement in the proposed new league, Liverpool, England.  The aborted plan to create a breakaway Super League with 12 of the biggest clubs in European soccer was perhaps the most egregious example of a sporting venture that quickly fell flat on its face. (AP Photo/Jon Super, FILE)

Super League among sporting ventures that went wrong

The aborted plan to create a breakaway Super League with 12 of the biggest clubs in European soccer was perhaps the most egregious example of a sporting venture that quickly fe

Mount Washington Auto Road 'Climb to the Clouds' returns

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A timed hillclimb auto race up the Mount Washington Auto Road in New Hampshire is making a return this year.

Alex Bowman (48) crosses the start/finish line to win a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., Sunday, April 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

AUTO RACING: NASCAR goes from short to long at Talladega

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FILE - Fans watch the running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race in the first turn at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, in this Sunday, May 28, 2017, file photo. The Indianapolis 500 will be the largest sporting event since the start of the pandemic with 135,000 spectators permitted to attend “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” next month.  Indianapolis Motor Speedway said Wednesday, April 21, 2021, it worked with the Marion County Public Health Department to determine 40% of venue capacity can attend the May 30 race.  (AP Photo/R Brent Smith, File)

Indy 500 to host 135,000 in largest sports event in pandemic

The Indianapolis 500 is set to be the largest sporting event in the world since the start of the pandemic with 135,000 spectators permitted to attend “The Greatest Spectacle in