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BC-CAR--Auto Racing Coverage, ADVISORY

January 29, 2019

Editors:

To help with your planning, here is some of what AP is planning ahead of the 2019 auto racing season. For questions, please email Dave Zelio (dzelio@ap.org). You can also call (212) 621-1630; Sports Photos, ext. 1918; Graphics, ext. 6907. For up-to-the-minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org . For access to AP Newsroom and other technical issues, contact Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477

This digest will be updated. Dates are subject to change. All times Eastern.

AUTO RACING DNE

Your readers can follow the latest coverage through the AP Auto Racing Digital News Experience. This locally branded, AP-managed presentation will feature running coverage on race day, including the latest photos. The DNE also showcases AP’s previews and features during the week in a member-branded format . While providing an easy way to connect readers with complete racing coverage, the DNE also generates online revenue for your newspaper. For more info, contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan@ap.org or 972-677-2270.

Key dates:

_NASCAR Cup season opener: Daytona 500, Feb. 17.

_IndyCar season opener, Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Fla.), March 10.

_Formula One season opener, Australian Grand Prix, March 17.

_NHRA season opener, Winternationals, Feb. 7-10.

_In the Pits column from Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer will begin after the Daytona 500 and move on most Mondays during the season.

NASCAR

CAR--NASCAR-PENSKE

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Roger Penske will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Friday night in recognition of his commitment to the stock car series. But his passion and dedication stretches across all racing, evidenced last weekend when he pulled an all-nighter during the Rolex 24 sports car race. Penske drivers last year won the Indianapolis 500, NASCAR’s Cup title, the Supercars title in Australia and the organization scored its 500th overall win. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m. Jan. 30.

CAR--NASCAR-THE FUTURE

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ A wave of retirements left a massive void of superstar drivers capable of carrying NASCAR through a tough transitional phase. Kyle Larson could be the exception and the future for American auto racing. He’s the rare driver who shows an interest in racing more than stock cars. Larson appeals to the grassroots fan base but has yet to reach a mainstream audience. But as he enters his sixth season at NASCAR’s top level it is clear that once Larson starts winning on a consistent basis he could become the biggest star in the country. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by noon Feb. 1.

CAR--NASCAR-NOT DONE YET

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Jimmie Johnson by all measures is one of the politest athletes in sports. But his patience was tested during the worst season of his NASCAR career by criticism sent his way via social media. Unable to always tune it out, the seven-time NASCAR champion clapped back one day with a stern message: “I’m far from done.” His retort is now his mantra, Johnson even had t-shirts made with a version of the slogan, and he’s determined to prove he can still win a record-breaking eighth championship. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos by noon Feb. 2.

CAR--NASCAR-SEASON PREVIEW

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ NASCAR has new leadership, a new rules package and ambitious plans to tackle many of the issues facing the beleaguered series. The slide in attendance and television ratings has been unstoppable the last five years and NASCAR believes this season is the first step in finding some stability. The biggest initiative is a radical new rules package that won’t debut until the second race of the season but is designed to drastically improve the on-track product. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING. 750 words, photos by 5 p.m. Feb. 4.

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