Stage 5 crash forces Carlos Sainz out of Dakar Rally (PHOTOS)

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“El Matador” is done in the 2015 Dakar Rally.

Carlos Sainz, the 2010 Dakar winner and part of Peugeot’s return effort, has retired from the event following a crash in Thursday’s Stage 5 from Copiapo to Antofagasta, Chile.

The @PeugeotSport Twitter account confirmed the news:

Sainz himself has also tweeted a photo of what would seem to be that “something”:

The trail of parts near the car itself tells the story.

Sainz’s retirement comes one day after he suffered turbo pressure problems on his 2008 DKR Dakar machine early on in Wednesday’s Stage 4.

That cost him more than nine hours; an AFP report says he didn’t get back to the bivouac until 3:30 a.m. local time this morning.

It now appears that it’ll be up to 11-time Dakar winner Stephane Peterhansel to fly the flag for Peugeot, which is back at the Dakar this year after a 25-year absence.

Peterhansel finished fifth in Thursday’s stage and has moved into the Top-10 of the overall rankings.

The third Peugeot man, multi-time Dakar motorcycle winner and car class rookie Cyril Despres, has had problems in his last two stages.

On Wednesday, he lost four hours to a clutch problem on his DKR, and Thursday saw him suffer a broken wheel according to the team. As of the time of this post, he has yet to finish.

NBCSN’s coverage of the Dakar Rally continues Friday at 4 p.m. ET.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.