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Cars 2 Starts Its Engines

Cars 2, the follow up to one of the most successful movies with an auto racing background in Hollywood history, begins its box office run this Friday when star racer Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and his tow truck pal Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race. But the road to the championship picks up the pace from the original with added complications that includes going wheel to wheel with newcomer Finn McMissile (Michael Caine) and a high-tech coupe named Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer) as the racers veer off track and get tangled up in international espionage. [...]

Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won

Authors Tobias Moskowitz and Jon Wertheim present an intriguing guide to a wide array of both complex and heretofore seemingly mundane topics that go far beyond the scoreboard to help fans get at the truths of sports [...]

Jimmie Johnson Wins a Fourth Straight NASCAR Title

Jimmie Johnson showed his mettle by moving up and finishing fifth over the weekend at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, when 25th place would have still clinched the championship – his fourth straight. [...]

Tom Cruise to Narrate Auto Racing Documentary

The three-time Academy Award nominee provides the narration to “TOGETHER: The Hendrick Motorsports Story,” NASCAR Media Group’s documentary-style film that chronicles the history of the eight-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship team. [...]

Michael Schumacher: A Return to Form(ula)

Last week this site took a look at great athletes, like Lance Armstrong, some that retired on top and a few that tried to comeback including some that clearly shouldn’t have. With the bombshell that seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher will return to race for Ferrari after a three year retirement, just like Michael Jordan, Larry Holmes and Johnny Unitas, is he risking tarnishing his fantastic career? [...]

Winning: At 40

Paul Newman’s joy of auto racing accelerated after his starring turn in this 1969 film. Newman is Frank Capua a rising star on the race circuit who dreams of winning the ultimate–the Indianapolis 500. [...]

Tobey Maguire – From Horse Racing to Auto Racing

The cinematic sporting life of Tobey Maguire goes from race track to race track. The actor’s next starring vehicle, literally, is about the exciting world of grand prix auto racing. [...]

FORMULA 1 Racing: Off to a Stunning Start

If someone told you some months ago that the first 2009 F1 race would have seen a newborn team dominating, Ferrari in big trouble, and a very spectacular race you would probably end up with a big laugh. Actually, this is what happened in Melbourne last Sunday. [...]

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Auto Racing “Auto Racing Cinema” MSNBC.com

“Hollywood’s big wheels” ESPN.com

Basketball “Hard times on the Hollywood hardwood” LA Times

“These NBA Finals Mean the World to Them” Montreal Gazette

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“Actors Who Played Football” ESPN.com

“Greatest Scenes in Football Movie History” ESPN.com

“History of Football [...]

F1 Racing – Luck Does Not Come Into It

From Kultur Video comes this official review of the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship season. And what a season it was. As exciting as the 2007 campaign produced, it pales in comparison to the incredible finish of last year.

The two-disc set takes us through an amazing season that saw seven drivers [...]