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ELKHART LAKE, Wis. -- Up-and-coming IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden could be climbing a different kind of chart soon.Top-five drivers in the IndyCar series standings arent often the subject of a childrens book.I cant tell if hes been affected by the possibility of being on the New York Times best seller list just yet, but well see, Ed Carpenter, team owner of Newgardens No. 21 Chevy, said with a wry voice.The book, Josef, the Indy Car Driver, debuted last weekend at Road America , where Newgarden finished eighth. It tells the story of how the personable Newgarden got his start behind the wheel, and also serves as an illustrative primer to kids about racing and the IndyCar series.A book debut alone during a race weekend would have made for a busy few days for Newgarden.The 25-year-old driver had more pressing issues.Newgarden broke his right clavicle and hurt his right wrist in a scary wreck at Texas on June 12, when his car slammed on its side and slid along the frontstretch wall with the top of the cockpit exposed.Just in the moment, youre first thinking, `OK, no one else hit me, Newgarden said this week. In those kinds of moments, I get a little claustrophobic. For me personally, I dont want to be in that space anymore.Newgarden was alert through the crash, but passed out after getting out of the mangled wreck. Surgeons used a metal plate to repair his collarbone.With two weeks to prepare for Road America, just getting back to the track was a question, let alone signing autographs for a new book.As it turns out, Newgarden didnt have many doubts about his next move.I was with him in the hospital Sunday night in Texas. I knew what his motivation was, Carpenter said. I knew it was going to be hard to keep him out of the car. I just wanted to be sure that we could do enough to get him ready to get him cleared, to get the doctors to be comfortable.A week later, he was back in a simulator to test how he would feel behind the wheel. After two practice runs around Road America, two days before the race, IndyCar cleared Newgarden to race.In between the practices, the right-handed Newgarden signed autographs , etching out a modified JN with a brace protecting his right wrist.His attitude was, `If I can drive a race car, I can sign with a Sharpie, recounted Chris Workman, who wrote and illustrated the book .It was Workmans second childrens book about the sport after illustrating one about the 24-hour race at Le Mans. The Newgarden book was born out of the authors affinity for Road America, the 14-turn, four-mile long course in rural Wisconsin.Workman , who lives in North Carolina, had a mutual friend with Newgarden and made contact around the time of the Indianapolis 500 last year to get in touch with the driver. A fan-friendly personality made the young Newgarden the ideal subject, Workman said.Newgarden jumped at the opportunity. He viewed it in large part as a way to reach out to what he hopes will be a new set of IndyCar fans, or even drivers and team owners.For me, its all about the next generation, coming up and filling the footsteps of people before them, he said. Naturally, theres going to be kids who love racing and love cars, and we want to be able to reach those kids.Newgardens passion for racing started as a child, on a motorized scooter with friends. He later switched to karts, and at age 20 won the lower-level Indy Lights title in 2011.Even if kids arent into IndyCar racing all that much when they first read it, it shows that you can chase your dreams, Workman said. You get really excited about something like that, and be passionate about it.Newgarden has made steady improvement over his five years at IndyCars top level. He was fifth in the points race after Road America, where he had a respectable top-10 finish after a spin-out in qualifying forced him to start in 20th.The wrist ended up being more of an issue than the collarbone through the weekend. The next stop on the schedule is Iowa on July 10, allowing Newgarden an extra week to heal. Maybe that race will end for Newgarden will end up just like his new childrens book, where he overtook the leader on the last lap to take the checkered flag.---Online:AP Auto Racing site: http://racing.ap.org/---Follow Genaro Armas at http://twitter.com/GArmasAP ArDarius Stewart Womens Jersey. Tevez, who has had conflicts with coaches in the past, has not been called up since Sabella was named coach in 2011. Argentina boasts Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Angel Di Maria. 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They have three games left to see just how much they can accelerate that learning curve -and end the franchises playoff drought.The Titans (7-6) have won three of four and are coming off a big 13-10 win over Denver that keeps them tied atop the AFC South with Houston, and they wrap up the season hosting the Texans (7-6) in what could be a showdown for the division title. Tennessee hasnt won the division since 2008, which also marked this teams last playoff appearance.Its a big swing for a franchise that was mathematically eliminated from the playoffs this time a year ago and on its way to finishing with the No. 1 overall draft pick. Jon Robinson was hired as general manager with Mularkey kept as head coach after a mid-season promotion.They understand what we want, but I think they also are seeing that its coming to light that we play the style of football we can be in the mix, and were right in the mix of it, Mularkey said of his players on Monday. Im just proud to be a part of it.The Titans also are only a game back of the AFCs second wild card berth.Denver (8-5) currently holds that spot but finishes against a trio of 10-win teams in New England, Kansas City and Oakland. Tennessee trails both Miami (8-5) and Baltimore, 7-5 going into Monday nights game at New England. The Ravens also visit Pittsburgh (8-5) on Christmas.The Titans must finish with a better record than the Texans to avoid losing a divisional tiebreaker with Houston . They hold head-to-head tiebreakers over Miami thanks to a 30-17 win Oct. 9 and also the Broncos.Mariota says the Titans are right where they want to be and will focus on what they have left.If we just take care, take control of what we can, find ways to win games, if we win when it is all said and done, we will stay on top, Mariota said.The Titans start a two-gamee road swing Sunday visiting the AFC West leading Kansas City (10-3).dddddddddddd Then they go to Jacksonville (2-11) on Dec. 24 before hosting Houston on Jan. 1.Cornerback Jason McCourty, drafted by the Titans in 2009, said it feels good to be in this situation and live to see another week.An opportunity like this doesnt mean anything if you dont win the game, so its only one, McCourty said. Weve still got three more to go, and we have to focus on Kansas City now.?The Titans, now 4-0 in games decided by six or fewer points, got this latest win with the defense getting three sacks and forcing their first two fumbles this season. Linebacker Avery Williamson helped knock loose the clinching fumble inside the final minute.Even with defensive lineman Jurrell Casey sidelined by a sprained foot, the Titans held Denver to just 18 yards rushing, the fewest yards allowed by this team since Sept. 18, 2005, when the Baltimore Ravens ran for 14 yards. Denver ran only nine times, the fewest ever against the Tennessee franchise.Offensively, Tennessee won despite Mariota having his worst performance in a game he finished. The only touchdown came from DeMarco Murray on the opening drive. 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