Quinn Cody rounds the turn to the finish of Day 3’s first stage. Photo: John Rettie

Sonora Rally concludes; Quinn Cody wins overall (PHOTOS)

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Quinn Cody was one of four moto riders in contention at this year’s Sonora Rally after the first couple days of the event, and ended it on top following the fourth and final day of the rally in Sonora, Mexico.

On Day 3, Mark Samuels edged Steve Hengeveld, with Ivan Ramirez and Cody third and fourth. The overall standings following that day saw Hengeveld leading but by just 29 seconds over Cody (9:17:24 to 9:17;53), with Samuels in third and Ramirez in fourth.

Cody doubled up on Day 4 though, with the stage win also propelling him to the overall win. Ramirez was second.

Samuels finished only fifth and Hengeveld failed to finish the stage.

Cody took the overall win with a time of 12:36:24, 6 minutes clear of Ramirez in second.

But Ramirez was the top Dakar Challenge rider for motos in second overall, one spot ahead of Samuels in third. The Dakar Challenge winner earns an entry into the 2017 Dakar Rally.

Results are interesting and are linked here.

Photos are more interesting and are linked below, with captions:

DAY 3

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Land rush start of Day 3. Photo: John Rettie.

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Quinn Cody rounds the turn to the finish of Day 3’s first stage. Photo: John Rettie

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No. 57, Jon Steinhilber, racing a Meyers Manx through the desert. . Photo: John Rettie

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Big dunes day.  Photo: Jimmy Lee Cook @airlandseafilms

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Day 3 Stage 1 check-in with Betsy Anderson, captures the battle between Quinn Cody, No. 1, Mark Samuels, No. 4, Ivan Ramirez, No. 2, and Steve Hengeveld, No. 3.

DAY 4

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No. 15 and Dakar Challenge competitor, John Henson, coming into the finish of Day Four’s first special stage. He finished 4th in the Dakar Challenge. Photo: John Rettie

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A different kind of sand. No. 7, Lyndon Poskitt during the first special on Day Four. Photo: John Rettie

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Quinn Cody, the overall Motos winner, poses with co-founders Scott Whitney (left) and Darren Skilton (right) at the awards celebration. Photo: John Rettie

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Carb Day: Tony Kanaan is fastest in final practice for Sunday’s Indy 500

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Tony Kanaan wants to put legendary driver and team owner A.J. Foyt back into Victory Lane at the Indianapolis 500.

Kanaan took a big step toward achieving that goal in Friday’s final practice for Sunday’s 102nd running of the Greatest Spectacle In Racing.

Kanaan was fastest of the 33-driver field, with a best lap around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval at 227.791 mph, more than 2 mph faster than the second-fastest driver, Kanaan’s former teammate, Scott Dixon (225.684 mph).

Foyt won a record-tying four Indy 500’s as a driver. It’s been nearly 20 years since he also won as a team owner in 1999 with Kenny Brack behind the wheel.

Marco Andretti was third-fastest (225.200 mph), followed by Sebastien Bourdais (224.815), Charlie Kimball (224.712), 2017 Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato (224.083), Will Power (223.942), Danica Patrick (223.653), Spencer Pigot (223.584) and Ed Jones (223.556).

Other notable driver speeds included:

* Pole sitter Ed Carpenter was 14th fastest (223.219 mph).

* Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champ Josef Newgarden was 15th (223.186 mph).

* Helio Castroneves, hoping to earn a record-tying fourth 500 win, was 17th (222.913 mph).

* Graham Rahal was 21st (222.526).

* Former 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay was 26th (221.916 mph), followed by rookie Robert Wickens (221.821 mph), carrying the mantle for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with James Hinchcliffe having failed to qualify for the race.

* The biggest surprise was 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi, who was 32nd fastest (221.374 mph).

We’ll have the full speed grid, as well as full driver quotes, shortly. Please check back soon.

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