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Bourdais’ win at Rolex 24 leads way for IndyCar drivers

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Bourdais win for @FordPerformance leads @IndyCar results at Rolex 24 wp.me/p36IVn-2KcnThe Verizon IndyCar Series was well-represented in the 55th Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona this weekend.

The highest-finishing IndyCar driver was Sebastien Bourdais, who was a member of the GTLM class-winning No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT team.

There were 12 drivers who competed in IndyCar in 2016, and an additional 14 more with past IndyCar experience prior to that. Eight of those 12 are confirmed for 2017 full seasons.

Of those 12 IndyCar drivers, six finished in the top-10 in their respective classes.

Here’s a breakdown of the 2016 and 2017 IndyCar drivers entered, the team (and car) they drove for and their team’s class and overall finishing position:

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RC Enerson, No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Ligier LMP2 – ninth in class, 35th overall
Spencer Pigot, No. 55 Mazda Motorsports Mazda DPI – 11th in class, 40th overall
James Hinchcliffe, No. 70 Mazda Motorsports Mazda DPI – 12th in class, 46th overall

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Sebastien Bourdais, No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT – 1st in class, fifth overall
Tony Kanaan, No. 69 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team UK – fifth in class, ninth overall
Scott Dixon, No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford – 10th in class, 27th overall

GTD

Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 86 Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Acura NSX GT3 – fifth in class, 22nd overall
Townsend Bell, No. 23 Alex Job Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 – sixth in class, 23rd overall
Graham Rahal, No. 93 Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Acura NSX GT3 – 11th in class, 29th overall
Jack Hawksworth, No. 15 3GT Racing Lexus RCF GTS – 14th in class, 36th overall
Sage Karam, No. 14 3GT Racing Lexus RC F GT3 – 27th in class, 54th overall (to be fair, Karam never got a chance behind the wheel, as Scott Pruett crashed early in the race)

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Conor Daly, No. 88 Starworks Motorsports Oreca FLM09 – fourth in class, 44th overall

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Video highlights from Stage 12 of Dakar Rally, 2 stages remain

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Thursday’s Stage 12 of the 40th Dakar Rally not only closed the overall standings gap in at least two classes (cars and trucks), two other classes (bikes and quads) failed to get going due to weather conditions.

The full video highlights of Stage 12 will air on NBCSN on Friday at 7 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Thursday’s action:

CARS

2018 Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah wins Stage 12 of cars

BIKES

 Stage 12 cancelled due to weather conditions

 

TRUCKS

Ton van Genugten edged out Martin Kolomy in Stage of, while Federico Villagra and Eduard Nikolaev both faced an uphill battle to finish fourth and third respectively.

QUADS

Even though the Quads were also impacted by weather issues on Thursday, Ignacio Casale, the 2014 Dakar winner, continues to make his case for a second overall victory in the quads.