Townsend Bell’s Indy 500 livery gets unveiled Saturday at IMS

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On Thursday, Helio Castroneves’ Indianapolis 500 livery was unveiled to pay tribute to the past.

On Saturday, Townsend Bell’s Indianapolis 500 livery was unveiled to look forward to the present.

Bell’s No. 6 Robert Graham-Royal Purple-Beneteau USA livery for KV Racing Technology was revealed in front of the Gasoline Alley sign. Bell’s sporting a car that has standard carbon fiber on most, but has a zipper revealing a vibrant, multi-colored nose and wing accents that will undoubtedly stand out from the rest of the field.

Additionally, Bell premiered a new yellow and green helmet, a primarily white fire suit and a white, checkered driving cap. Bell’s multi-colored Fedoras last year made quite an impact and with a similar style to what Jean Alesi had two years ago in the Lotus-powered Fan Force United entry, Bell’s hats will stand out once more.

“We’ve got fun, cool, hip, passionate sponsors. That makes it really fun,” said Bell, who besides his Indianapolis 500 deal for this year also is an NBC Sports Group analyst for the Verizon IndyCar Series and Red Bull Global Rallycross, and a full-time competitor in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with AIM Autosport’s Ferrari 458 Italia GT3.

“It’s about being out with the old and in with the bold for Robert Graham. We’ve got something here that’s pretty bold. Even the inside is wrapped and decalled.”

In seven prior ‘500 starts, Bell’s best finish is fourth with KV in 2009. He returns to the team after driving for Panther Racing last year and Sam Schmidt’s team the previous three years (2010-2012).

“I’m thrilled to be back here with KV, as I have my previous high water mark with my best finish here before, and they did so well last year,” he said of the defending champion team.

Practice for this year’s Indianapolis 500 kicks off on Sunday.

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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