Buxton’s blog: Florida Exploits, Part 1

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Last week, the new Florida Winter Series commenced with a triple-header race at Palm Beach International Raceway. Not particularly newsworthy in its own light, unless some of the competitors are.

In this case, they were. Among the 12 drivers on hand included former Formula One driver Jos Verstappen’s 16-year-old son Max – learn that name now in case his career takes off – and NBC Sports Group’s F1 pit reporter and insider Will Buxton.

Buxton would be thrown in at the deep end for the beginning of his racing career, and he chronicles the lead-up to the races in his blog.

A brief excerpt…

The lights extinguish, my left foot leaps from the clutch, the rear tyres squeal and squelch around for grip and I’m off, past the white car in front and to the right of me and tucking under the wing of the blue car in front.

For the first time in my life, I’m watching a race from inside the cockpit. And what’s even more astonishing… is that I’m completely silent.

And there’s the setup. The story of how he got to that point follows in the rest of the blog post.

It’s rather interesting, and provides an illuminating insight into the world of racing, coming in from a journalist’s perspective. Part 2 will, undoubtedly, provide more details of the races themselves.

Dakar Rally Stage 10 video highlights: Cars, Bikes, Trucks, Quads

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After Monday’s Stage 9 was washed out due to weather and impassable course conditions, the 40th Dakar Rally resumed with Stage 10 on Tuesday.

Several top competitors struggled during the course of the stage, with some even being eliminated due to crashes or injuries.

Here’s some of the best video action of the stage, as seen on NBCSN:

BIKES: Matthias Walkner wins Stage 10 of after a major shakeup.

CARS: Carlos Sainz plays it safe in Stage 10

Stephane Peterhansel took the overall stage win while Cars leader Carlos Sainz played it safe and came in third.

TRUCKS: The Netherlands’ Ton van Genugten wins the stage, but Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev, who finished fourth Tuesday, continues to hold the overall lead.

 

QUADS: Nicolas Cavigliasso bests Gonzalez Ferioli in Stage 10, but Ignacio Casale continues to make a push for his second Dakar crown.

Stage 11 is Wednesday and runs from Belen, Argentina to Fiambala, Argentina.