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Carlos Sainz seizes Dakar Rally lead as teammate Stephane Peterhansel crashes in Stage 7

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Carlos Sainz moved into the overall lead of the Dakar Rally, wining his second consecutive stage Saturday and taking advantage of Peugeot teammate Stephane Peterhansel’s crash.

Peterhansel started the seventh stage with a 27-minute lead on Sainz before crashing about a third of the way through the 425-kilometer leg. After losing more than two hours to repairs, Peterhansel finished 20th in the stage. The defending champion fell to third overall, an hour and 20 minutes behind Sainz.

Giniel de Villiers, the 2009 champion, finished second in the stage (12 minutes behind Sainz) and is fourth overall. Two-time champion Nasser Al-Attiyah is second overall, an hour and 11 minutes behind Sainz, after a third-place finish in the seventh stage.

Though Sainz is leading at the halfway point of the 14-stage rally, the Spaniard has failed to finish the Dakar Rally the past five years because of crashes and mechanical problems.

In other divisions:

–In motorcycles, Joan Barreda Bort dominated on his Honda but said he might have broken his knee in winning the stage by nearly 3 minutes.

–In quads, Axel Dutrie won by nearly 5 minutes over Marcelo Medeiros.

–In trucks, Ton Van Genugten triumphed by 2 minutes over Federico Villagra.

–Reinaldo Verala won in SxS.

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STAGE 7 RESULTS, CARS

  1. Spain’s Carlos Sainz, Peugeot, 04:49:26
  2. South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers, Toyota, 5:01:31
  3. Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah, Toyota, 5:03:45
  4. Poland’s Jakub Przygonski, Orlen, 5:10:22
  5. Czech Republic’s Martin Prokop, MP-Sports, 5:13:23

OVERALL 

  1. Spain’s Carlos Sainz
  2. Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah, 1:11:29 behind
  3. France’s Stephane Peterhansel, 1:20:46
  4. South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers – 1:20:54
  5. The Netherlands’ Bernhard ten Brinke – 1:25:04

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MOTORCYCLES

  1. Spain’s Joan Barreda Bort, Honda, 5:11:10
  2. France’s Adrien van Beveren, Yamaha, 5:14:01
  3. Argentina’s Kevin Benavides, Honda, 5:19:12
  4. Australia’s Toby Price, KTM, 5:19:53
  5. Chile’s Pablo Quintanilla, Husqvarna, 5:20:03

AMERICAN RIDERS

10th: Ricky Brabec (Honda), 5:24:58

25th: Mark Samuels (Honda), 6:00:40

28th: Andrew Short (Husqvarna), 6:05:35

30th: Shane Esposito (KTM), 6:18:10

89th: Bill Conger (Husqvarna), 9:22:52

OVERALL 

  1. France’s Adrien van Beveren
  2. Argentina’s Kevin Benevides – 3:14 behind
  3. Spain’s Joan Barreda Bort – 04:45
  4. Austria’s Matthias Walkner – 8:18
  5. Australia’s Toby Price – 13:34

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TRUCKS

  1. The Netherlands’ Ton van Genugten, Iveco, 4:10:40
  2. Argentina’s Federico Villagra, Iveco, 4:12:41
  3. Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev, 4:15:34
  4. Czech Republic’s Martin Kolomy, Tatra, 4:16:29
  5. Czech Republic’s Martin Macik, Liaz, 4:16:51

OVERALL 

  1. Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev
  2. Argentina’s Federico Villagra – 49:47 behind
  3. Belarus’s Siarhei Vlazovich – 2:49:08
  4. Czech Republic’s Martin Macik – 3:15:35
  5. The Netherlands’ Ton van Genugten – 4:24:05

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QUADS

  1. France’s Axel Dutrie, 6:59:04
  2. Brazil’s Marcelo Medeiros, 7:03:54
  3. Chile’s Ignacia Casale, 7:08:02
  4. Paraguay’s Nelson Augusto Sanabria Galeano, 7:10:37
  5. Argentina’s Giuliano Horacio Giordana, 7:18:42

OVERALL

  1. Chile’s Ignacio Casale
  2. Peru’s Alexis Hernandez – 1:01:09 behind
  3. Argentina’s Jeremias Gonzalez Ferioli – 1:28:13
  4. Argentina’s Nicolas Cavigliasso – 1:31:20
  5. France’s Alex Dutrie – 2:51:07

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SxS UTV

  1. Brazil’s Reinaldo Varela, Can-Am, 6:49:31
  2. France’s Patricie Garroueste, Polaris, 7:21:03
  3. Peru’s Juan Carlos Uribe Ramos, Can-Am, 7:45
  4. Peru’s Anibal Aliaga, Polaris, 9:07:59
  5. Spain’s Jose Luis Pena Campos, Polaris, 9:10:06

OVERALL 

  1. Brazil’s Reinaldo Varela
  2. Peru’s Juan Uribe Ramos – 1:15:36 behind
  3. France’s Patricie Garroueste – 1:43:45
  4. Peru’s Anibal Aliaga, 5:38:37
  5. Spain’s Jose Luis Pena Campos, 6:15:21

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STAGE 8: A 585-kilometer leg from Uyuni to Tupiza.

 

GoDaddy to sponsor Patrick in ‘Danica Double’ at Daytona, Indy — now all she needs are rides

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By The Associated Press

Danica Patrick is going back to green.

GoDaddy Green, to be exact – a fitting color for her farewell tour.

The company will sponsor Patrick in the upcoming “Danica Double” that will close out her racing career, The Associated Press has learned. Patrick has no ride yet for next month’s Daytona 500 or the Indianapolis 500 in May, but she now has the financial backing to pull it off.

This time around, the original GoDaddy Girl will symbolize the new core mission of the company that helped make her one of the world’s most recognizable athletes.

“There’s this great story: I left IndyCar with GoDaddy on my car, I started NASCAR with GoDaddy on my car, I’m most recognized as the GoDaddy green car and driver, and so to finish up my career that way feels appropriate,” Patrick told the AP from Scottsdale, Arizona.

Her final race will be the Indy 500, an appropriate choice because it was “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” that rocketed Patrick and GoDaddy into pop culture notoriety.

GoDaddy and Patrick grew up together. The company switched series with her and marketed her as a strong, sexy woman in 13 Super Bowl commercials – a record appearance for celebrities. Now, the company is most interested in Patrick the budding businesswoman who is firmly closing the door on her racing career and rebranding herself as an entrepreneur . She has a book out, an apparel line, a wine label and confirmed to AP this week that she’s dating Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

“Our goals are so well-aligned,” Barb Rechterman, the chief marketing officer of GoDaddy, told AP. “She’s passionate, tenacious and creative just like so many of our customers who are also looking to leverage the power of the internet and turn their `side hustle’ into a full-time business. Danica absolutely epitomizes the heart of our GoDaddy customers.”

Prepare to hear a lot about the “side hustle” as GoDaddy climbs aboard the so-far fledgling “Danica Double.”

Patrick announced in November she would end her driving career with the Daytona 500 and Indy 500, but didn’t have a deal completed for either race. Still doesn’t. Yet somehow, Patrick always figures a way to get what she wants. Talks ended with Chip Ganassi Racing about a possible ride, and late last month, Patrick said, she called former GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons and asked about a reunion.

GoDaddy has rebranded since it last teamed with Patrick. The company now touts itself as “the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures,” and there’s no better spokeswoman than Patrick, who is in the next chapter of her life and her brand.

GoDaddy pulled out of racing after the 2015 season, and Patrick hasn’t had the same level of funding and marketing support since. Patrick has slowly reshaped her image, first into a Instagram model and is now a full-blown lifestyle guru. She realized – at the age of 35 – she was on her own.

She and GoDaddy aligned for a splashy move into NASCAR, where she was glamorous off the track but only mediocre on it. Through all of this, she was married, divorced, spent five years dating fellow driver and competitor Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and then seemed to find herself through a tailored diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

She is cutting the cord on racing after Indy, and her focus is on a sense of well-being far away from the track.

“Their business is so perfectly paired to what is going on with mine, so when we sat down and met, it was like, `Let’s talk about our business. Let’s talk about the messaging. How does this work?”‘ Patrick said. “And this is undeniably perfect for both of us. Not only is it a huge two races and the biggest two races of the year, but on top of that, you have so much `side hustle’ going on, and all the messaging and our brands, and where we are going is so perfectly paired.”w

GoDaddy can help Patrick move on to whatever it is for racing’s former “It Girl.” The company will help her streamline her online presence. Patrick, for the company, is back as a neon green-and-yellow symbol to all the wannabe entrepreneurs chasing dreams.

She’ll get those rides, too. Patrick said she knows she will because she believes she will.

“That’s just the way the universe works,” she said. “You have to ask for what you want. Things have taken a long time with this, but you just have to go with the flow on these things. The universe is not on your time schedule.”

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