IndyCar rookie Vautier fined $10,000, put on probation

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Schmidt Peterson Motorsports rookie Tristan Vautier has been fined $10,000 and put on probation by INDYCAR after getting into the back of Graham Rahal in yellow-flag conditions during yesterday’s qualifying session in Baltimore.

Vautier violated Rules 9.3.3.1 (aggressive actions and/or unsportsmanlike behavior toward other members) and 7.2.2.1.b (reduced speed under yellow conditions) of the IZOD IndyCar Series rulebook. His probation period will end following the conclusion of the 2013 season.

Toward the end of yesterday’s first-round of qualifying for Group 2, Rahal found the tire barriers at Turn 8 and was then hit from behind by Vautier.

The incident caused a red flag, which meant Rahal lost his two fastest laps. But Vautier was not penalized at the time and went on to the Firestone Fast Six.

Video highlights from Sunday’s Dakar Rally Stage 8: Bikes, Cars, Quads, Trucks

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Sunday’s Stage 8 of the Dakar Rally brought the race into the final country it will compete in, Argentina.

Monday’s Stage 9 was cancelled after bad weather made course conditions impassible for racing. Stage 10 picks up Tuesday morning. The overall Rally ends Saturday.

Here’s some of Sunday’s key video highlights:

BIKES

Antoine Meo wins Stage 8.

QUADS 

Simon Vitse wins Stage 8.

CARS

Stephane Peterhansel wins Stage 8.

TRUCKS

Dmitry Sotnikov wins Stage 8.