With the intense spotlight of Indianapolis over, for Carlos Munoz, Peter Dempsey and the rest of the Firestone Indy Lights Series, it’s back to a sense of normalcy this weekend at The Milwaukee Mile.
Indy Lights did not make the trip to Detroit or Texas in the last two weeks, and unlike its IZOD IndyCar Series brethren, crews will have actually had time to rest up and prep the cars from the low downforce setup at Indy to the high downforce one at Milwaukee for this week’s 100-lap race.
Munoz makes his first race appearance since his exceptional IndyCar debut in the 500, when he ran in and around the top five all day, eventually finishing second under yellow to Tony Kanaan.
That actually bettered his “day job” result, since he was only fourth at the flag in the simply epic finish to the Lights’ Firestone Freedom 100 – which Dempsey won right at the yard of bricks.
Although Dempsey is in his third year of Lights competition, he’ll be racing at Milwaukee for the first time in a Lights car. In 2011, his team withdrew after qualifying, alleging there was cheating done by another team. Last year, he missed Milwaukee after parting ways with another team.
Munoz finished fifth in last year’s Milwaukee Indy Lights race. He enters this Saturday’s race (3 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network) 27 points clear of Dempsey. Only eight points separates Dempsey in second, Gabby Chaves in third, Sage Karam in fourth and Jack Hawksworth in fifth.
The field is likely to return back to single-digit entries after back-to-back races in double-digits.
EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.
As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.
NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.
Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.
So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads
Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.
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