Sainz crash, Al-Attiyah, Price retirements hit Dakar hard on Day 4 (VIDEO)

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Three big names were knocked out of this year’s Dakar Rally on a dramatic Thursday, with the stage running from Jujuy in Argentina to Tupiza in Bolivia. Coverage of Thursday’s stage airs on Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Carlos Sainz of Peugeot and his co-driver, Lucas Cruz, were lucky to escape unscathed from this barrel roll down a hill.

It was a tough end for the FIA World Rally Championship veteran who in recent years has tackled the Dakar.

Fan footage captured Sainz’s accident, and that is linked above.

Al-Attiyah, the stage one winner in his Toyota, was officially a confirmed retirement on Thursday.

Price, meanwhile, suffered a fractured left femur, which knocked the defending bike champion out of the race. Competitors and fans wished Price well, and fortunately Price checked in on Twitter this morning to provide an update on his own.

The stage five course map is below.

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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