Mazda Road to Indy update: NBCSN show tonight, plus Mid-Ohio recap

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The first Mazda Road to Indy show on the NBC Sports Network will air overnight tonight, (Wednesday, August 7) at 2 a.m. ET, with a one-hour show on the USF2000 National Championship first half of the season.

This weekend at Mid-Ohio, as in St. Petersburg, Indianapolis (separate tracks between IMS and Lucas Oil Raceway Park) and Toronto, all three rungs of the ladder system were in action.

Gabby Chaves took his first Firestone Indy Lights win and moved to within 15 points of leader Carlos Munoz, who put in a stirring drive to recover from an early off-course excursion. Munoz finished fourth after falling as far back as 10th; he made most of his moves before the lone full course caution of the race. The top five in the standings are separated by just 43 points with three races remaining.

In Pro Mazda, Matthew Brabham’s assault on the record books continued with a sweep of the weekend’s two races, although only one came in the conventional dominant variety. Race two on Sunday, oil on track caused the lone leader to that point, Diego Ferreira, to slide off the road and Brabham snuck through. The wins are Brabham’s eighth and ninth in 12 2013 races, and the ninth sets a new single-season record. Spencer Pigot also impressed with a run from 11th to fourth in race 1 and a fast start from fifth to third in race 2, before dropping to fifth at the flag.

Neil Alberico took the first two USF2000 race wins of the weekend – the first on wet conditions and a seriously damp track, second on a dry one. Meanwhile Sunday’s race barely had the chance to get going after an 11-car pileup at the start of the field. Garett Grist came through to take his first win.

Recapping the 2018 Dakar Rally with “best of” video highlights

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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.

MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.

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