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Dakar 2017: Stage 2 Videos

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Tuesday marked day two of the 2017 Dakar Rally, with the second stage running from Resistencia to San Miguel de Tucumán.

Coverage continued on NBCSN. Wednesday’s third stage will air on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Videos from day two coverage are below.

In cars, Sebastien Loeb set a blistering pace to win Stage 2 by over a minute. It’s his fifth career stage win in the Dakar, and moved him into the overall lead of the division.

On bikes, Australian Toby Price won Stage 2 by more than four minutes, and is in the lead overall by nearly the same margin.

Trucks: Martin Van Den Brink captured his first career state win at the Dakar Rally and vaulted into the overall lead.

Quads: Argentina’s Pablo Copetti secures first state win of his career and finds himself with a nearly five-minute lead after two stages.

Past videos

Day 1

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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