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Marco Andretti notched the fastest time in the first full day of practice for the 2009 Indianapolis 500.

Andretti topped the times with a speed of 225.478 miles per hour (362.871 km/h) on the famed 2 1/2 mile (4km) Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, where the Indianapolis 500 will be held on May 24.

More immediately, Thursday’s practice was a warm-up for Saturday’s scheduled pole position qualifying battle, with Andretti now apparently the man to beat.

“We really worked on the car the whole day,” Andretti said. “The car was good to run with it…  Details

Lance Armstrong has no illusions about winning the Giro d’Italia.

Armstrong doesn’t expect to duplicate Astana teammate Alberto Contador’s feat of winning the Giro after taking time off the bike.

Contador returned from vacation last year and competed in the Giro, regaining his form as the race went on and finishing with the pink jersey…  Details

Formula One’s drivers rebuked FIA president Max Mosley on Thursday over his comments that the sport could survive without Ferrari, saying they are worried internal politics are damaging the sport.

Ferrari, which has been involved in all 60 seasons of the motor racing championship, has criticized a proposed budget cap for 2010 that could overhaul the sport by giving those who agree to the voluntary spending limit greater technical freedom.

Ferrari has not threatened to pull out, but Mosley replied to the criticism last week by saying the sport could survive without the Italian icon.

The drivers, however, disagree.

“Without Ferrari it’s …  Details

Fans of NASCAR should really appreciate watching a race at a track that has truly earned the name “Too Tough To Tame.” After all, it has been on the schedule since 1950, meaning it has taken on the best the sport has to offer. Petty, Pearson, Earnhardt and Yarborough have all had good days at the South Carolina track, taking home the trophy and first-prize check, but probably never claiming victory.

Darlington is the only track on the schedule we refer to as “she” instead of it, and I think that speaks volume.

I listened Wednesday night during ESPN’s “NASCAR Now” as Ned Jarrett described how Darlington was the greatest test for a driver and how …  Details

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