Pope Francis now has his own mini popemobile after getting a good deal on a used car that he plans to drive himself: a 1984 Renault 4 donated for free by a priest in northern Italy who used it to visit poor parishioners.
Profiles of the 33 drivers in Sunday's Indianapolis 500, in starting order with car number in parentheses, age, hometown, engine, race team, and biographical information (w-former winner; r-rookie):
If Kimi Raikkonen is the grumpiest driver in Formula One, Lewis Hamilton the naturally quickest and Jenson Button the English charmer, then the most resilient is Felipe Massa.
Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel and his chief rival Fernando Alonso head into this weekend's season opener with opposing views about recent history.
Susie Wolff is just the fourth woman in a decade to drive a Formula One car. She dedicated her first experience to Maria de Villota, who lost the sight in her right eye in a crash in July.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso will seek to extend his championship lead at Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix and become the first Formula One driver to win four races this season.
IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball found it more than humbling to be honored with a group that included an 11-year-old Texas boy who started a city-wide recycling program and a Baltimore woman who founded a nonprofit program to help the homeless.
Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso says the team still expects to fight for the Formula One title this season despite acknowledging the scarlet cars are likely to struggle in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix this weekend.
Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes completed his takeover of English Premier League club Queens Park Rangers on Thursday after buying out Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone and former Renault F1 team principal Flavio Briatore.