Meet Tom Coronel, Dakar Rally journalist…and competitor (VIDEO)

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Tom Coronel is no stranger to being behind the wheel. The Dutch driver has competed in a variety of racing leagues, including his current home in the World Touring Car Championship. He also has past experience in the Dakar Rally, having run the 2009 edition with his twin brother, Tim.

More recently, Tom had covered the Dakar as a reporter for Dutch television network RTL7. But after his 2009 experience, he had vowed to never compete it in again.

However, his brother Tim had other ideas.

“At the beginning of 2014, Tim showed me a buggy he had built,” Tom says on his Dakar profile. “He said: ‘It’s yours, now you do the Dakar.'”

After thinking it over, Tom decided to take the chance. But he had an idea of his own.

“I thought about it and went to RTL7 with the project of being a race reporter because after all, it’s difficult to show what goes on inside the rally,” Tom recalls. “They liked the idea and said OK. It was a no-brainer not to do it. My body and mind need new adventures.”

And so, Tom is not only battling some of the toughest terrain on Earth but also documenting his adventures along the way for his network.

To hear more about Tom’s unique Dakar story, check out the clip above.

Indy Lights: Askew clinches 2019 title while VeeKay wins Laguna Seca race 1

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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.

Click here for full race results

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