Stephane Peterhansel rebounds with stage win at Dakar Rally

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Stephane Peterhansel captured the eighth stage Sunday of the Dakar Rally, rebounding from a crash a day earlier that knocked him from the overall lead.

The defending champion now is ranked third overall behind Carlos Sainz, who finished fifth in Sunday’s 498-kilometer stage that ended in Tupiza, Bolivia. Cyril Despres, Peterhansel’s Peugeot teammate, placed second in the stage, 49 seconds behind Peterhansel.

Nasser Al-Attiyah was third in the stage and remains second overall, trailing Sainz by 1 hour and 6 minutes.

Antoine Meo (motorcycles), Dmitry Sotnikov (truck) Simon Vitse (quads) and Reinaldo Varela (SxS) were the other stage winners Sunday.

Because of inclement weather, Monday’s ninth stage between Tupiza and the city of Salta in Argentina was canceled by organizers. “There is a risk of floods and storms,” said race director Marc Coma.

Southern Bolivia has been hit by heavy rain over the last few days and Dakar Rally’s camp in Tupiza was flooded as well.

The rally is expected to resume Tuesday with the 10th stage between Salta and Belen in Argentina.

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  1. France’s Stephane Peterhansel,Peugeot 5:15:18
  2. France’s Cyril Despres, Peugeot, 5:16:07
  3. Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah, Toyota, 5:17:30
  4. The Netherlands’ Bernhard ten Brinke, Toyota, 5:20:18
  5. Spain’s Carlos Sainz, Peugeot, 05:22:22


  1. Spain’s Carlos Sainz
  2. Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah, 1:06:37 behind
  3. France’s Stephane Peterhansel, 1:13:42
  4. The Netherlands’ Bernhard ten Brinke – 1:23
  5. South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers – 1:37:09



  1. France’s Antoine Meo, KTM, 5:24:01
  2. United States’ Ricky Brabec, Honda, 5:25:09
  3. Australia’s Toby Price, KTM, 5:26:46
  4. Argentina’s Kevin Benavides, Honda, 5:29:53
  5. Slovakia’s Stefan Svitko, KTM, 5:30:47


17th: Shane Esposito (KTM), 5:44:22

18th: Andrew Short (Husqvarna), 5:46:29

21st: Mark Samuels (Honda), 5:49:29

63rd: Bill Conger (Husqvarna), 7:22:56


  1. France’s Adrien van Beveren
  2. Argentina’s Kevin Benevides – 0:22 behind
  3. Austria’s Matthias Walkner – 6:34
  4. Australia’s Toby Price – 7:35
  5. Spain’s Joan Barreda Bort – 8:01



  1. Russia’s Dmitry Sotnikov, Kamaz, 4:23:32
  2. Argentina’s Federico Villagra, Iveco, 4:28:43
  3. Russia’s Airat Mardeev, Kamaz, 4:03:00
  4. Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev, Kamaz, 4:32:05
  5. Czech Republic’s Martin Kolomy, Tatra, 4:35:05


  1. Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev
  2. Argentina’s Federico Villagra – 46:25 behind
  3. Czech Republic’s Martin Macik – 3:29:25
  4. Belarus’s Siarhei Vlazovich – 3:59:35
  5. Russia’s Airat Mardeev – 4:23:20



  1. France’s Simon Vitse, 6:52:32
  2. Brazil’s Marcelo Medeiros, 6:55:59
  3. Chile’s Ignacia Casale, 6:57:52
  4. France’s Axel Dutrie, 7:03:04
  5. Argentina’s Jeremias Gonzalez Ferioli, 7:14:59


  1. Chile’s Ignacio Casale
  2. Argentina’s Jeremias Gonzalez Ferioli – 1:45:20 behind
  3. Argentina’s Nicolas Cavigliasso – 1:49:19
  4. France’s Alex Dutrie – 2:56:19
  5. France’s Simon Vitse – 3:07:44



  1. Brazil’s Reinaldo Varela, Can-Am, 7:30:18
  2. Peru’s Juan Carlos Uribe Ramos, Can-Am, 7:49:13
  3. Argentina’s Leo Larrauri, Can-Am, 8:18:27
  4. France’s Patricie Garroueste, Polaris, 8:19:00
  5. France’s Claude Fournier, Polaris, 9:14:41


  1. Brazil’s Reinaldo Varela
  2. Peru’s Juan Uribe Ramos – 1:34:31 behind
  3. France’s Patricie Garroueste – 2:32:27
  4. Peru’s Anibal Aliaga, 7:25:08
  5. France’s Claude Fournier, 7:39:23

IndyCar releases schedule for 2023 season

IndyCar schedule 2023
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The NTT IndyCar Series’ 2023 schedule will feature the same number of races and tracks as this season with some minor reshuffling of dates.

IndyCar will open the 2023 season March 5 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, and will conclude Sept. 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The 107th Indy 500 will take place May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 17-race schedule will conclude with a stretch of eight races in the final nine weeks.

“The NTT IndyCar Series is on an impactful upward trajectory, making progress at a pace that befits our thrilling style of competition,” Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said in a release. “The 2023 season provides an opportunity to further build on this trend, bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and reaching new consumers across the globe.”

There will be 15 events on NBC: 13 races (including six of the final seven) plus Indy 500 qualifying May 20-21. There also are three races on USA Network and the Toronto race exclusively on Peacock. All races on NBC and USA also will have live simulstreams on Peacock.

In partnership with NBC Sports, the 2022 IndyCar season was the most-watched in six years and the most-watched across NBC Sports on record. The 2022 season also was the most streamed season on record.

“We’re very excited for our 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule and to build on this past season’s viewership milestones,” NBC Sports vice president of programming Mike Perman said in a release. “In providing comprehensive coverage across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports is once again looking forward to telling the stories of these world-class drivers and this compelling series.”

Notable elements on the 2023 schedule:

–There will be the same balance of seven road course races, five street courses and five ovals.

–St. Pete will be the season opener for the 13th time.

–The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will move from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown.

–The NASCAR doubleheader weekend at the IMS road course will shift to mid-August.

–The World Wide Technology Raceway event will move from Saturday to Sunday.

Start times for the 2023 events will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the 2023 IndyCar schedule:

Date Race/Track Network/Platform
Sun., March 5 Streets of St. Petersburg NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 2 Texas Motor Speedway NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 16 Streets of Long Beach NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 30 Barber Motorsports Park NBC, Peacock
Sat., May 13 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBC, Peacock
Sun., May 28 The 107th Indianapolis 500 NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 4 Streets of Detroit NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 18 Road America USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 16 Streets of Toronto Peacock
Sat., July 22 Iowa Speedway – Race 1 NBC, Peacock
Sun., July 23 Iowa Speedway – Race 2 NBC, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 6 Streets of Nashville NBC, Peacock
Sat., Aug. 12 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) USA Network, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 27 World Wide Technology Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 3 Portland International Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 10 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NBC, Peacock

*dates and networks/platforms are subject to change