Sunday videos: Dakar Rally 2016 (VIDEO)


Videos from Sunday’s Dakar Rally coverage on NBCSN are linked in this post.

Dakar rookies finish top two in bikes’ Stage 7

(ABOVE) Kevin Benavides continued to impress through Stage 7 of bikes with a second-place finish after starting the stage at 18th. The Dakar rookie still has a chance to podium, but another rookie, Antoine Meo, took first.

Sebastien Loeb recaptures overall cars lead in Stage 7

Intent on regaining the overall lead he had lost for the first time in Stage 6, France’s Sebastien Loeb flew through Stage 7 for a second-place finish while his teammate Carlos Sainz takes his first stage.

Lucas Bonetto surprises with a Stage 7 bikes win

Argentina’s Lucas Bonetto surprises the Dakar Rally bike competitors with a Stage 7 win after having just broken into the top 20. As it stands, the Patronelli brothers, Alejandro and Marcos remain the overall leaders.

Eduard Nikolaev wins trucks’ Stage 7 prior to the rest day

Trucks wrap up the final Dakar Rally stage before competitors are given a rest day and it’s Eduard Nikolaev with the stage win, his second of the competition.

My Dakar: Laia Sanz on setting an example for young girls

The latest installment of “My Dakar” gets to know bikes rider Laia Sanz about what she calls her perfect race last season, and overcoming the pressure from last year’s success to continue and improve.

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Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.