Dakar 2017: Stage 1 Videos

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Monday marked the opening of the 2017 Dakar Rally, with the first stage running from Asuncion to Resistencia. While this is the shortest test of the rally, it proved to be a real test.

Coverage of the event began today on NBCSN; an assortment of clips are linked below. Tuesday’s second stage ran today, with coverage airing on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

To start things off, we look at the bikes. Juan Pedrero inherited the win after Xavier de Soultrait was assessed a minute penalty for a speeding violation. American Ricky Brabec came second on the stage, another of those who was promoted, while defending champion Toby Price took 17th place, but only barely more than a minute behind.

In the cars, it was a battle of super teams, Toyota and Peugeot as Stage 1 kicked off the 2017 Dakar with Toyota taking the top spot thanks to Nasser Al-Attiyah’s finish in 25:41.

In trucks, Martin Kolomy of the Czech Republic surprised the trucks field in the opening stage of the 2017 Dakar with a first place finish in exactly 30 minutes.

It was a wet start for quads in the 2017 Dakar, but the unpredictable weather didn’t faze Yamaha’s Marcelo Medeiros who took first in the stage.

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.