Friday Notebook: IndyCar pit stop rulebook update, Filippi’s solid day

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Some additional Friday news and notes from around the media center and paddock in Baltimore:

  • Several rules updates in the wake of the Sonoma pit dust-up between Scott Dixon and Will Power. First, INDYCAR officials have added point-of-reference “courtesy zones” to the outside of each pit box to aid in monitoring pit stop conduct; said zones are defined by 45-degree dotted lines.
  • New Rule 7.9.17 has been added to reinforce the pit stop code of conduct: “Any participant who, in the opinion of the officials, positions a car, equipment and/or personnel so as to create a hazard or disruption of the event or to interfere with the activities of another competitor may be penalized.
  • Rule 7.2.5.2 has been amended to read: “When displayed from the starters stand to a lapped car, as ordered directly by the Race Director, the blue flag is a command to immediately give way. During the race, any car failing to give way within one lap of the display of the blue flag will be penalized.”
  • Not much came out of the Andretti Autosport morning media availability, nor would you really expect it to. James Hinchcliffe’s contract status didn’t come up as it could have. Ryan Hunter-Reay said of any potential lineup changes – it’s him, Hinch, Marco Andretti and E.J. Viso with Carlos Munoz rumored in the works – “hopefully there are no subtractions.”
  • Barracuda Racing rookie Luca Filippi’s first day on a North American street course has been a solid one. The chicane on the front straight, Filippi compared to the one at the Singapore Grand Prix. “The chicane is very similar. You jump on the curb about the same way, but here it is funny with the exit on the rails. It makes the transition not so easy, and it is quite slow exiting that corner. It’s nothing dangerous; it just affects traction.” He ended the second practice session an impressive 11th.
  • Justin Wilson’s latest charity featured (one of the others was Toronto Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson’s Clarky’s Corner, at Toronto) on his No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda is the Dempsey Challenge, Patrick Dempsey’s charity presented by Amgen that celebrates its five-year anniversary this year. More information on the charity can be found at www.dempseychallenge.org.

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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