USA’s brightest hope in Dakar, Bryce Menzies, wrecks early in Stage 2 and is done for 2018

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From fourth to fini.

That appears to be the case for American racer Bryce Menzies in the 40th Dakar Rally.

Menzies was an impressive fourth in the Cars class in the Rally’s opening round on Saturday.

But shortly into Stage 2 Sunday morning outside Pisco, Peru – just four miles into what was to be a 173-mile route for the day – Menzies and co-driver Peter Mortensen flipped their Mini – barrel rolling several times, according to witnesses.

From photos on social media, the Mini appears totaled and unable to be repaired.

Menzies and Mortensen were  uninjured, and returned to their camp, their 2018 bid over before it ever really got started.

Menzies was fourth after Saturday’s 31-mile Stage 1, just 38 seconds behind leader and two-time Dakar winner Nasser Al-Attiyah.

With Menzies done, there remain just five other USA competitors in the Rally, all in the Motorcycle class. There are no other American competitors in any of the other three classes (Truck, Quad, SxS UTV).

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“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.”

Timmy Hansen

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.”