Wednesday videos: 2016 Dakar Rally (VIDEO)

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Sebastien Loeb extended his lead in the Dakar Rally; Wednesday’s highlights from the NBCSN show are in this post.

Sebastien Loeb, Carlos Sainz finish one-two in Dakar Rally Stage 3 of cars

(ABOVE) Dakar Rally organizers continue to battle the elements into Stage 3, with a shortened course from Termas Rio Hondo to Jujuy. Carlos Sainz survived an engine scare in Stage 2 to finish second in cars behind Sebastien Loeb.

Hometown talent Kevin Benavides wins bikes Stage 3 of Dakar Rally

Bikes head out for a shortened Stage 3 through Provincia de Santiago del Estero. Joan Barreda finished first, but a time penalty sent him to fifth place and made room for Argentina’s Kevin Benavides to take the stage.

Trucks’ Martin Kolomy wins shortened Stage 3 at Dakar Rally

Rain kept the trucks from completing all of the 2016 Dakar Rally’s Stage 3 layout, but it couldn’t keep Martin Kolomy from dominating the stage and making up for his 12-minute deficit after Stage 2.

Quads’ Brian Baragwanath wins first ever Dakar Rally stage

After retiring from the 2015 Dakar Rally in the second stage the South African quads rider Brian Baragwanath managed to set a good pace in Stage 2 of this year’s rally before riding away victorious in Stage 3.

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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.