For the Verizon IndyCar Series, a recurring issue over the years has been the inability to get the casual observer hooked into becoming a regular follower of the sport.
But perhaps their new online video series, “IndyCar Chronicles,” can help in that regard. First up in the series is Graham Rahal, driver of the No. 15 National Guard Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan.
As MST has detailed over the offseason, Rahal appears to have everything in place to finally make the big step: An overhauled team, a big sponsor in the Guard, and a motivation to emerge from a 2013 campaign that he calls the worst of his career.
“Last year was the closest I ever came to losing confidence,” Rahal says in the first episode of Chronicles. “That was, by far, the hardest year of my career.
“I was so uncomfortable in the race car every single weekend. It was hard to be confident. Every week, you were getting beat down and beat down. It was difficult to keep your head up.”
But with Rahal looking solid so far in St. Pete, it looks like better days may be ahead.
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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