Dakar Stage 4 Highlights: Peterhansel wins while Sainz’s lead shrinks

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Stage 4 of the 2020 Dakar Rally Saw the most successful driver in race history collect his 77th stage win while the overall race leader saw his advantage over second place get cut in half.

Here are some of today’s highlights:

In the cars class, 13-time winner Stephane Peterhansel won his first stage in this year’s running, overcoming a flat tire and a wrong turn to hold off defending champion Nasser Al-Attiyah by 2:26. The victory moved Peterhansel up to third place in the overall standings.

Al-Attiyah was able to shrink his deficit to overall leader Carlos Sainz to just over three minutes. Saniz finished the stage third overall, 7:18 behind Peterhansel.

Former Formula One champion Fernando Alonso finished 13th overall, 26:21 behind Peterhansel. Alonso is now ranked 20th in the overall standings, nearly three hours behind Sainz.

Overall: Carlos Sainz holds an advantage of 3:03 over Nasser Al-Attiyah.

In bikes, Jose Ignacio Cornejo was declared the winner of the stage after Sam Sunderland, who came in 0:11 ahead, was assessed a five-minute penalty for speeding. Sunderland dropped down to eighth following the penalty.

Ignacio Cornejo’s teammate Kevin Benavides finished second, while Ross Branch finished third.

Overall: Ricky Brabec holds an advantage of 2:30 over Kevin Benavides.

In side by sides, Dakar rookie Mitch Guthrie took his maiden stage victory, with Aron Domzala finishing 0:19 behind. Fellow American rookie Austin Jones finished third, 1:14 behind.

Jose Antonio Hinojo Lopez finished fifth, and now leads the overall standings, jumping ahead of Francisco Lopez Contardo and Casey Currie. Lopez Contrado and Currie finished sixth and seventh, respectfully.

Overall: Jose Antonio Hinojo Lopez holds an advantage of 3:01 over Francisco Lopez Contrado.

In quads, Ignacio Casale won once again, finishing ahead of Giovanni Enrico by 1:24. Simon Viste finished third, 3:22 behind.

Overall: Ignacio Casale holds an advantage of 21:03 over Giovanni Enrico.

In trucks, Anton Shibalov won for the second time in the first four stages, finishing ahead of teammate Andrey Karginov by 2:41. Dmitry Sotnikov made it a Kamaz 1-2-3 by finishing 9:05 behind Shibalov.

Overall: Andrey Karginov holds an advantage of 10:43 over Siarhei Viazovich.

Stage Wins:

Cars: [1] Vaidotas Zala (Stage 1), [1] Giniel De Villiers (Stage 2), [1] Carlos Sainz (Stage 3) and [1] Stephane Peterhansel (Stage 4)

Bikes: [1] Toby Price (Stage 1), [1] Ross Branch (Stage 2), [1] Ricky Brabec (Stage 3) and [1] Jose Ingacio Cornejo (Stage 4)

Side-by-sides: [1]  Aron Domzala (Stage 1), [1] Francisco Lopez Contardo (Stage 2), [1] Gerard Farres Guell (Stage 3), and [1] Mitchell Guthrie (Stage 4)

Quads: [3] Ignacio Casale (Stage 1, 2, and 4) and [1] Giovanni Enrico (Stage 3)

Trucks: [2] Anton Shibalov (Stage 1 and 4), [1] Siarhei Viazovich (Stage 2) and [1] Andrey Karginov (Stage 3)

Highlights of Stage 4 will air on NBCSN this evening at 6:00 p.m. ET.  The rally runs through Jan. 17.

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IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.