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RHR leads as three crashes interrupt Phoenix night test session

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AVONDALE, Ariz. – After Alexander Rossi’s accident earlier on Saturday, two of his Honda teammates and another young driver also had accidents in the evening three-hour test session during the Verizon IndyCar Series’ Prix View at Phoenix International Raceway.

Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato both lost the rear ends of their cars as well in separate accidents, both at Turn 2. Then in the final 15 minutes, JR Hildebrand crashed in Turn 4.

Rahal’s occurred first, within the first half hour of the session while running behind other cars.

Sato’s was a bit heavier after he lost it on his own with about an hour remaining in the session. The Sato accident marked the second hit of the day for Andretti Autosport.

Hildebrand lost the back end off Turn 4, then careened to the inside retaining wall.

Here’s the four incidents, two captured via fans in the stands and two via the frequently helpful link hound Matt Archuleta (@Indy44) on Twitter:

Meanwhile, yes, there was a session with green flag running still involved. And as last night, Hondas led the way with Ryan Hunter-Reay on top over Sebastien Bourdais, Marco Andretti, Max Chilton and Sato.

Whether that amounts to anything when the series returns here in late April remains to be seen.

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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

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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.