The Dakar Rally’s 30-year anniversary in 2009 saw the event reborn after a one-year cancellation in 2008. Due to security threats in Mauritania, the 2008 Dakar rally wasn’t held.
But in 2009, the rally resumed, albeit with a twist: For the first time, the rally was not held in Africa and Europe, but instead moved to South America, with a route starting and ending in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a run through Valparaiso, Chile for its rest day.
Giniel de Villiers won overall in cars in a Volkswagen, with Marc Coma taking the bikes win on a KTM. Coma has since won in bikes in 2011, 2014 and 2015, after also winning in 2006. De Villiers, the South African, took his only overall Dakar win this year.
The rally route regularly hits Argentina and finished there last year. It will also be part of this year’s route, which also encompasses Peru and Bolivia.
This will be the 10th Dakar Rally consecutive and in total held in South America.
“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.
“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”
Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something
we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”