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Oberto, Circle K adorn Speed’s Andretti VW for Red Bull GRC 2017

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Two-time defending Red Bull Global Rallycross champion Scott Speed will carry Circle K Convenience Stores and Oberto All Natural Beef Jerky sponsorship for six of this year’s eight race weekends, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team announced Friday.

Speed’s car had the signage in Seattle last year but was primarily blue and white otherwise. It sees his No. 41 Beetle GRC in the red, white and green livery while Tanner Foust continues in the Rockstar Energy colors, slightly altered from 2016 to a more black tone, for 2017.

“Joining Scott and the VARX team was an easy decision for us,” Oberto President and CEO Tom Hernquist said in a release. “Scott is an amazing athlete, winning back to back GRC championships and then spending his offseason competing in triathlons and running Race of Champions – we can’t wait to join the team and chase that third championship.”

“I’m psyched about our plans for the 2017 season,” Speed added. “I had so much fun representing the Oberto Circle K team in Seattle last year, and they were a large part of helping us clinch our second championship. We’re putting in a ton of hard work to come back strong this year and keep our streak alive, and since ‘you get out what you put in’ – we’re looking for a huge year.”

The new GRC season starts in Memphis at the end of April. Coverage plans for the year on NBC and NBCSN are linked here.

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.