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Newgarden makes USGP cameo, visits an oil rig with Shell

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Newly crowned Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden has continued his whirlwind month of travel following his IndyCar title clinched at Sonoma, by paying a visit to Austin this week for the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, and sandwiching a trip to the Auger Shell oil rig in-between.

Earlier in the week, Newgarden joined his Team Penske NASCAR teammate Joey Logano and Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel for a Shell event on Wednesday ahead of the Grand Prix. That came after spending Tuesday in Detroit at General Motors’ proving grounds.

Shell supports both Ferrari and Team Penske, and with Helio Castroneves off to the Acura Team Penske IMSA sports car program next year, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Newgarden activated and utilized by Shell Pennzoil a bit more next season. Shell and Team Penske announced a long-term extension earlier this year.

WEDNESDAY PREP

#RIGTOROAD WITH SHELL

After the three Shell-supported drivers enjoyed a day of media work and practiced golf at Top Golf (Vettel’s swing, above), Newgarden headed to New Orleans for Shell’s #RigToRoad program and a Twitter takeover on Team Penske’s handle. He got to train before actually going onto the Auger Shell oil rig.

BACK TO AUSTIN

Once Newgarden completed his journey to Shell’s rig outside New Orleans, he was back to Austin for the United States Grand Prix.

Newgarden caught up with this year’s famous Indianapolis 500 one-off driver, Fernando Alonso, pre-race, while Alonso’s fellow two-time World Champion Mika Hakkinen provided an excellent photobomb in the background at the McLaren hospitality headquarters.

Nice to see @indycar champion @josefnewgarden (and Mika/Stoffel) at Austin.

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Newgarden then joined NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton for an impromptu reunion on the pre-race grid walk. Things were going swimmingly, and then Buxton and Newgarden bumped into Haas F1 Team owner Gene Haas. You can see the Twitter exchange, below.

Dakar Rally video highlights from the concluding Stage 14

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET and Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

The 40th Dakar Rally is now history.

Nearly 550 competitors began the early 5,600-mile long race 15 days ago and concluded Saturday.

As we’ve done throughout the Rally, here are some key video highlights from NBCSN’s coverage of the Rally:

TRUCKS

CARS

QUADS

 

MOTORCYCLES