Dakar Rally continues to dare racers to go beyond their limits (VIDEO)

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Two weeks ago in Buenos Aires, Argentina, more than 400 competitors embarked on perhaps the most epic adventure in motorsports: The Dakar Rally.

Just over half of them would make it back to Buenos Aires for the finish on Saturday.

But while Nasser Al-Attiyah, Marc Coma, Rafal Sonik, and Ayrat Mardeev emerged as class champions and ultimate victors, the other 200-plus that completed the 5,600-mile journey across Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile surely feel like winners as well.

The Dakar, like any other race, is a challenge of man and machine. And like any other race, the objective is the same: Be faster than everybody else.

But the Dakar is a test that is worlds apart from Daytona, from Indianapolis, from Le Mans. With all due respect to those prestigious events, the Dakar may be the one event that tests the human element more than any other.

One minute, you’re pushing like hell down a dusty or muddy road in a race against time. Another minute, you’re under a busted vehicle, trying desperately to fix its problem and get back to business.

All the while, you must continue to persevere, no matter the obstacle. It is the most essential quality needed to succeed in this race. Your vehicle may not always stay rock-solid, but your fortitude cannot fail.

For those that compete in the Dakar, their fortitude collides with what they’ve considered as their personal limits.

It is then up to them to go beyond those limits in pursuit of victory – whether that involves a trophy, confetti, and headlines, or simply proving something important to themselves: You can. You will.

In closing NBCSN’s Dakar coverage for 2015, Leigh Diffey delivered a final monologue that summarizes the meaning of the world’s toughest rally. You can check it out in the clip above.

Juncos Racing to field single car entry in Indy 500

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Part-time NTT IndyCar Series entrant Juncos Racing will announce their attempt to qualify for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 within the next few weeks, according to RACER.

The team, which made its Indy 500 debut in 2017, ran 12 of the 17 IndyCar Series races last season, but has only made a start in one of the four events so far in 2019, finishing 18th in the inaugural running of the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas with Kyle Kaiser behind the wheel.

Though no driver has yet to be announced for the single-car entry, Kaiser is expected to be the leading candidate for the ride. The 23-year-old Californian has raced for the team since 2014, where he won the 2017 Indy Lights championship.

One of the top teams in the Road to Indy ladder system, Juncos Racing has over 50 wins between Indy Lights and Indy Pro 2000 competition. The team’s most recent victory came in the second Indy Lights race at St. Petersburg this year with Rinus VeeKay behind the wheel.

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