IndyCar, NASCAR drivers have mixed Rolex 24 qualifying sessions

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The high number of IndyCar Series drivers and the handful of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veterans had mixed qualifying sessions for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, opening round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season.

Ryan Hunter-Reay will be part of the GTLM class polesitting entry, the No. 91 SRT Motorsports SRT Viper GTS-R, co-driving with Marc Goossens and Dominik Farnbacher.

No other driver of the 10 confirmed 2014 IndyCar drivers in the Rolex 24 field will start higher than fourth in class; still, in a 24-hour race, starting position is not entirely critical.

Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson are part of the No. 01 and 02 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates lineups below, and AJ Allmendinger is part of the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing entry. That covers the grid spots for the three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full-timers in the field.

Here’s the breakdown, via INDYCAR PR:

Qualifying results:

Driver Team Class/Class Result
Sebastien Bourdais Action Express Racing P/4th (Set by Christian Fittipaldi, 1:38.658)
Justin Wilson Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian P/10th (Set by Oswaldo Negri, 1:39.761)
Scott Dixon/Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing P/6th (Set by Scott Dixon, 1:38.948)
Simon Pagenaud Extreme Speed Motorsports P/14th (Set by Johannes Van Overbeek, 1:41.885)
Ryan Hunter-Reay SRT Motorsports GT/1st (Set by Marc Goossens, 1:44.506)
Graham Rahal BMW Team RLL GT/7th (Set by John Edwards, 1:45.667)
Mikhail Aleshin SMP/ESM Racing GTD/10th (Set by Mika Salo, 1:47.361)
James Hinchcliffe SpeedSource P/17th (Set by Sylvain Tremblay, 1:49.734)
Ryan Briscoe Corvette Racing GT/11th (No time)

 

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.

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