Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden appeared on NASCAR America on Wednesday to discuss his mindset ahead of his first race with the team at this weekend’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Linked to the Roger Penske-led outfit several times during the 2016 season, Newgarden signed with them early last October, joining Simon Pagenaud, Will Power, and Helio Castroneves.
Among the topics discussed were his interactions with members of the Penske organization, including its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams, and how he is adapting to a new environment.
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:
2018 Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah wins Stage 12 of cars
Stage 12 cancelled due to weather conditions
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.
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.