Robby Gordon and co-driver Johnny Campbell somehow avoided the end of their Dakar Rally on Thursday in Stage 11.
During the stage, Gordon crashed into an embankment after he tried to slow down his No. 308 Gordini. But despite the incident, he was able to keep going and finish a respectable 13th in the stage. Now, the Planet Robby site has uploaded Gordon’s helmet cam video of the incident.
A faint “hang on” appears to be uttered inside the cockpit before the Gordini makes impact with the embankment.
“You OK, bud?,” Campbell asks Gordon after the car settles from the hard hit.
Gordon quickly replies, “Yeah, I’m OK. I think the car’s OK, too.”
Said Campbell in a team release from earlier tonight: “We crashed into an embankment and spun the car completely around in the air. Fortunately, we landed backward on all four tires. Robby restarted the car and took off. It could have been bad crashing at about 100 miles per hour and still scrubbing speed when we hit.”
Gordon himself later tweeted: “13th place in stage 11. Had some drama. Everyone OK – We fight on!”
MONTEREY, Calif – Rinus VeeKay may have won the first race of the weekend’s Indy Lights doubleheader at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Saturday afternoon, but all all eyes post-race were all on the driver who finished the race in the fourth position.
That driver was Oliver Askew, who by simply starting the 30-lap event at the famed road course won the 2019 series title, along with the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series scholarship that guarantees a minimum of three races next season.
“It’s all sinking in,” Askew told NBC Sports following the race. “I’m really happy to be part of this team. They’re back to back champions now in Indy Lights, and I feel very fortunate to be driving in this car this year.
“This is what we worked for all year. I’m very happy to be in this position and I can’t wait to celebrate with my team.”
With the championship in Askew’s possession from the get-go, the best VeeKay could do for in race 1 was to win in dominant fashion. He went on to do just so.
After starting the race from the pole position, VeeKay led every lap from start to finish en route to his fifth victory of the season.
“We managed the car well and kept the car consistent throughout the whole race,” VeeKay said. “I got a great car from the team so I want to give a big shout out to them for giving me a winning car.”
Behind VeeKay, Portland race 2 winner Toby Sowery finished the race in the second position, while Robert Megennis finished third.
Live streaming coverage of race two of the Indy Lights doubleheader at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca begins tomorrow afternoon at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold.
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