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Dakar 2017: Despres leads cars; Price injury affects Day 4

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In Thursday’s fourth stage of the 2017 Dakar Rally, San Salvado de Jujuy to Tupiza, Cyril Depres took his first cars win while the defending winner in bikes, Toby Price, is out with an injury sustained in an accident.

You can see Thursday’s stage from the Dakar at 6:30 p.m. ET on Friday, on NBCSN.

Cyril Despres made it four stage winners in as many days in cars, with his first of the rally in the No. 307 Peugeot.

Despres won today over Mikko Hirvonen and Nani Roma, while two other Peugeots – Stephane Peterhansel and Sebastien Loeb – lost significant ground.

Toyota’s Nasser Al-Attiyah, meanwhile, is now an official retirement from the rally – a bitter blow to the stage one winner.

Here’s more from cars on Thursday:

In bikes, Matthias Walkner took the stage win over Joan Barreda, but the overriding story of the day was Price’s injury.

Quad results are linked here. Truck results will follow later.

Other tweets of note from the day are below:

Past day recaps are here:

Stage three
Stage two and (VIDEOS)
Stage one and (VIDEOS)

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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