Pagenaud’s Porsche goes up for auction at Mecum (VIDEO)

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INDIANAPOLIS – Simon Pagenaud has had an interesting week. The defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion turned 33 years old on Thursday and celebrated by making an appearance at a local Menards store, for his primary sponsor of his No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet.

But on Friday, Pagenaud wasn’t getting a birthday present. Instead, he was reluctantly parting ways with a car of his to be a present for someone else.

At this week’s Mecum Auctions at the Indianapolis State Fairgrounds, Pagenaud’s 2008 Porsche Cayman S, sold for $38,000. As a limited edition model, it was one of only 100 of 700 built that were shipped Stateside.

“A quick goodbye, huh? I’m a very sentimental guy when it comes to cars, so I’ve got to leave now,” Pagenaud said, via IndyCar.com. “I was obviously getting started in the U.S. She drove me around and never broke down. I only had one flat. She did good.”

You can see a video of Pagenaud’s car leaving his hands, above.

As for his day job, Pagenaud has a best speed of 229.973 mph yesterday in 222 laps completed, which ranks 23rd in the field of 33 cars.

Coverage of Mecum Auctions: Indianapolis runs from 11:30 to 2:30 p.m. ET, live on NBCSN, later today.

Pagenaud on track. Photo: IndyCar

Video highlights from Stage 13 of the Dakar Rally

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Friday’s Stage 13 of the 40th Dakar Rally went from San Juan to Cordoba to set up the concluding stage of the event.

The video highlights of Stage 13 will air on NBCSN on Saturday at 6:30 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Friday:

CARS

Nassar Al-Attiyah strengthened his hold on second with a stage win as defending winner Stephane Peterhansel crashed in the penultimate stage.

BIKES

Toby Price won his second stage of the 2018 Dakar, his ninth overall, while Matthias Walkner retained the lead ahead of the final stage.

TRUCKS

Eduard Nikolaev continued to make a case for his second consecutive Dakar win after an epic battle to capture Stage 13.

QUADS

Jeremias Gonzalez took Stage 13 of the quads, tightening his grip on third overall in the 2018 Dakar Rally.