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  • Broken steering wheel not enough in lawsuit by NASCAR fan

    Updated: Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court has ruled in favor of a racing company in a dispute involving a Spanish tourist, a bad steering wheel and a car crash at Michigan International Speedway. Jose Gonzalez' car crashed into a wall in 2012 when the steering wheel came apart. He was...

  • Danica Patrick will have tax preparer as sponsor for 2 races

    Updated: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Danica Patrick will have tax preparer TaxACT as a sponsor for two races this season. Stewart-Haas Racing on Tuesday announced a deal with TaxACT to be a co-primary sponsor of Patrick's No. 10 Chevrolet in the Sprint Unlimited. The Feb. 14 exhibition race at Daytona...

  • Plan forgives loans on NASCAR Hall of Fame

    Updated: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte City Council has voted for an agreement to forgive more than $22 million in debt from the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Multiple media outlets reported that council members voted Monday for the agreement with Bank of America, Wells Fargo and NASCAR. Charlotte will pay...

  • JR Motorsports to field Truck Series entry for Cole Custer

    Updated: Mon, Jan 12, 2015

    MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — JR Motorsports will field a Camping World Truck Series team in 10 races this season for Cole Custer. Custer turns 17 this month and will drive the No. 00 Chevrolet for JRM. It will by funded by Custer's longtime sponsor, Haas Automation, and run out of a JRM satellite...

  • 2015 Infiniti QX60: terrific SUV for family holidays

    by ALAN GELL Automotive Journalist | Updated: Mon, Jan 5, 2015

        The Christmas holiday week was approaching.  Children and grandchildren would be making their way 'over the river and through the woods' to Grandpa and Grandmother's house.  When I was told I would be test-driving a new Infiniti QX60 for those two weeks, I was...

  • Pistorius' brother faces reckless driving charge in crash

    Updated: Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African authorities say Oscar Pistorius' brother faces a charge of reckless or negligent driving for a road accident last year in which he was seriously injured. Nathi Mncube, spokesman for South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority, said Thursday that a summons was...

  • Korean Grand Prix dropped of F1 calendar

    Updated: Wed, Jan 7, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — The Korean Grand Prix has been dropped from the 2015 Formula One calendar, reducing the season to 20 races. The race, set to be staged on May 3, was added at the last minute to the calendar last month at a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council, but motorsport's governing body...

  • Polish rider dies in Argentina during Dakar Rally

    Updated: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    LA RIOJA, Argentina (AP) — Organizers say a competitor in the Dakar Rally has died of unknown causes. Dakar said Tuesday on its website that Michal Hernik, 39, from Poland, died during the third stage of the race between San Juan and Chilecito, Argentina. The circumstances of his death have...

  • Osborne returns atop pit box for Roush Fenway Racing

    Updated: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Roush Fenway Racing has brought back Bob Osborne as the crew chief for former Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne in the No. 6 Ford. Osborne was a crew chief for Roush Fenway from 2004 until 2012, leading teams to 18 wins, 86 top-five finishes and 142 top-10 finishes before...

  • Under-18 drivers banned in Formula 1 from 2016

    Updated: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — Formula One drivers will have to be at least 18 years old from 2016, motorsport's governing body announced on Tuesday. The FIA's new rules, which aim to make it harder for inexperienced drivers to appear on the biggest stage, followed the Toro Rosso team's decision to hire...

  • Kurt Busch assault investigation forwarded to prosecutors

    Updated: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — The police investigation into allegations that NASCAR driver Kurt Busch assaulted his ex-girlfriend has been finished and forwarded to Delaware state prosecutors to decide whether charges will be filed. Cpl. Mark Hoffman with the Dover Police Department said Tuesday that the...

  • Former F1 driver Jean-Pierre Beltoise dies at 77

    Updated: Mon, Jan 5, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — Jean-Pierre Beltoise, a former Monaco Grand Prix winner, has died after a double stroke. He was 77. The French automobile federation said Monday that Beltoise, who won the prestigious Formula One race in 1972, died at his vacation home in Dakar, Senegal. Beltoise started his...

  • 2015 GMC Acadia - Review

    Marty Padgett, thecarconnection.com | Updated: Sun, Dec 28, 2014

     GMC made its name on pickup trucks , but over the past decade it's become equally well-known for its sport-utility and crossover vehicles. The Acadia isn't related at all to its workhorse trucks and full-size SUVs--instead, it's an eight-passenger crossover that tackles the...

  • Most and least reliable small cars

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    By definition, buyers of small cars are cost conscious. They want to get a good value on something fuel-efficient that will remain dependable for years to come, says Yahoo. Based on Consumer Reports’ latest reliability survey that collected data on more than a million vehicles, there are a few...

  • 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid: Full-sized luxury without full-sized price

    by ALAN GELL | Updated: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    It was July, the hottest month of the year.  My initial reaction for a test-drive vehicle was not the make, model, or mileage.  It was a simple, “Does the AC work really well?”  Once that had been established, I could relax and enjoy all the pleasures of driving the new Avalon...

  • South Oklahoma City pain clinic is a hotbed of police activity over the years, reports show

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    Vista Medical Center has been a relatively popular stop for Oklahoma City police officers who patrol the bustling neighborhoods just north of Interstate 240 and Western Avenue.

  • RAV4: Toyota's Sport Utility Vehicle that offers versatility & functionality

    BY ALAN GELL | Updated: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    Almost 2 million of the RAV4 vehicles have been produced for the US market and about 80 percent of them are still on the road.  Earlier this year, I was privileged to have one of these great vehicles for a full-week test-drive.  It was an XLE model, front-wheel-drive, with an exterior...

  • 2015 Kia Cadenza - Review

    By Bengt Halvorson, thecarconnection.com | Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    The Cadenza was Kia's first foray above the $40,000 base-price level, and just in the year since it's been introduced, it's already been joined by a larger luxury-minded sedan, the rear-drive K900. Other models, like the Kia Sorento SUV, can be optioned past that $40k mark, but the Cadenza...

  • 2015 Mazda MAZDA3 - Review

    By Bengt Halvorson, thecarconnection.com | Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    The Mazda 3 is one of the best small cars on the market, although it is sometimes overlooked by shoppers in the crowded compact-car segment. A 2014 redesign brought seriously attractive styling to the fun package, along with more features and more efficient engines. It should be a mandatory...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf - Review

    By Marty Padgett, thecarconnection.com | Updated: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    The Volkswagen Golf, with assistance from the GTI that's now wrapped back into this nameplate, may have been one of the first small hatchbacks to transcend humble economy-car roots, but it's by no means a solo act as a class benchmark today. Now, the Mazda 3 and Ford Focus have nudged their way...

  • And Motor Trend's Car of the Year is ...

    Published: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    Yoou may not think of it as the most exciting car in the world, but the newly redesigned Volkswagen Golf compace car has been named Motor Trend's Car of the Year, says CNN Money. The award is for all four available versions of the Golf. That includes the sporty Golf GTI, the diesel-powered...

  • 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek - Review

    By Bengt Halvorson, thecarconnection.com | Updated: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    The 2015 XV Crosstrek is Subaru's compact pseudo-crossover. It's based on the Impreza hatchback—a version of it, really—offering increased ground clearance, suspension and mechanical changes, and a rough-and-tumble appearance with flared fenders and an integrated roof rack. It adds up to a lot...



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