Carlos Sainz seizes Dakar Rally lead as teammate Stephane Peterhansel crashes in Stage 7

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Carlos Sainz moved into the overall lead of the Dakar Rally, wining his second consecutive stage Saturday and taking advantage of Peugeot teammate Stephane Peterhansel’s crash.

Peterhansel started the seventh stage with a 27-minute lead on Sainz before crashing about a third of the way through the 425-kilometer leg. After losing more than two hours to repairs, Peterhansel finished 20th in the stage. The defending champion fell to third overall, an hour and 20 minutes behind Sainz.

Giniel de Villiers, the 2009 champion, finished second in the stage (12 minutes behind Sainz) and is fourth overall. Two-time champion Nasser Al-Attiyah is second overall, an hour and 11 minutes behind Sainz, after a third-place finish in the seventh stage.

Though Sainz is leading at the halfway point of the 14-stage rally, the Spaniard has failed to finish the Dakar Rally the past five years because of crashes and mechanical problems.

In other divisions:

–In motorcycles, Joan Barreda Bort dominated on his Honda but said he might have broken his knee in winning the stage by nearly 3 minutes.

–In quads, Axel Dutrie won by nearly 5 minutes over Marcelo Medeiros.

–In trucks, Ton Van Genugten triumphed by 2 minutes over Federico Villagra.

–Reinaldo Verala won in SxS.

MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.

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  1. Spain’s Carlos Sainz, Peugeot, 04:49:26
  2. South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers, Toyota, 5:01:31
  3. Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah, Toyota, 5:03:45
  4. Poland’s Jakub Przygonski, Orlen, 5:10:22
  5. Czech Republic’s Martin Prokop, MP-Sports, 5:13:23


  1. Spain’s Carlos Sainz
  2. Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah, 1:11:29 behind
  3. France’s Stephane Peterhansel, 1:20:46
  4. South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers – 1:20:54
  5. The Netherlands’ Bernhard ten Brinke – 1:25:04



  1. Spain’s Joan Barreda Bort, Honda, 5:11:10
  2. France’s Adrien van Beveren, Yamaha, 5:14:01
  3. Argentina’s Kevin Benavides, Honda, 5:19:12
  4. Australia’s Toby Price, KTM, 5:19:53
  5. Chile’s Pablo Quintanilla, Husqvarna, 5:20:03


10th: Ricky Brabec (Honda), 5:24:58

25th: Mark Samuels (Honda), 6:00:40

28th: Andrew Short (Husqvarna), 6:05:35

30th: Shane Esposito (KTM), 6:18:10

89th: Bill Conger (Husqvarna), 9:22:52


  1. France’s Adrien van Beveren
  2. Argentina’s Kevin Benevides – 3:14 behind
  3. Spain’s Joan Barreda Bort – 04:45
  4. Austria’s Matthias Walkner – 8:18
  5. Australia’s Toby Price – 13:34



  1. The Netherlands’ Ton van Genugten, Iveco, 4:10:40
  2. Argentina’s Federico Villagra, Iveco, 4:12:41
  3. Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev, 4:15:34
  4. Czech Republic’s Martin Kolomy, Tatra, 4:16:29
  5. Czech Republic’s Martin Macik, Liaz, 4:16:51


  1. Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev
  2. Argentina’s Federico Villagra – 49:47 behind
  3. Belarus’s Siarhei Vlazovich – 2:49:08
  4. Czech Republic’s Martin Macik – 3:15:35
  5. The Netherlands’ Ton van Genugten – 4:24:05



  1. France’s Axel Dutrie, 6:59:04
  2. Brazil’s Marcelo Medeiros, 7:03:54
  3. Chile’s Ignacia Casale, 7:08:02
  4. Paraguay’s Nelson Augusto Sanabria Galeano, 7:10:37
  5. Argentina’s Giuliano Horacio Giordana, 7:18:42


  1. Chile’s Ignacio Casale
  2. Peru’s Alexis Hernandez – 1:01:09 behind
  3. Argentina’s Jeremias Gonzalez Ferioli – 1:28:13
  4. Argentina’s Nicolas Cavigliasso – 1:31:20
  5. France’s Alex Dutrie – 2:51:07



  1. Brazil’s Reinaldo Varela, Can-Am, 6:49:31
  2. France’s Patricie Garroueste, Polaris, 7:21:03
  3. Peru’s Juan Carlos Uribe Ramos, Can-Am, 7:45
  4. Peru’s Anibal Aliaga, Polaris, 9:07:59
  5. Spain’s Jose Luis Pena Campos, Polaris, 9:10:06


  1. Brazil’s Reinaldo Varela
  2. Peru’s Juan Uribe Ramos – 1:15:36 behind
  3. France’s Patricie Garroueste – 1:43:45
  4. Peru’s Anibal Aliaga, 5:38:37
  5. Spain’s Jose Luis Pena Campos, 6:15:21


STAGE 8: A 585-kilometer leg from Uyuni to Tupiza.


Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

Santino Ferrucci AJ Foyt
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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.