IndyCar: Mike Kitchel named series’ new Director of Communications

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IndyCar has a new Director of Communications, in the form of former Panther Racing communications director Mike Kitchel.

Also known in the paddock as “Kitch,” he’ll bring a distinct motorsports background to the role and serve as the head of communications for the open-wheel series.

He’s excited about the challenge, and the opportunity.

There’s been a number of other restructuring changes within IndyCar’s communications department as it heads into the 2014 season, including the C.J. O’Donnell and Jay Frye hires to the series’ marketing staff. Mark Miles, Hulman & Co. CEO and the de facto head of INDYCAR, has tasked the new group with shifting the message and helping to grow the sport this year.

The product is as good as any in racing at the moment; all it takes now is getting the word out, as my MotorSportsTalk colleague Chris Estrada suggested earlier this week.

Onward and upward, then, folks.

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.

MORE: Stage 14 overall Rally wrapup

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MORE: Stage 9 cancelled due to weather, impassible course conditions

MORE: Stage 8 wrapup

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MORE: Stage 1 wrapup