After dominating the stage and then battling near the last way-point Robby Gordon and navigator Kellon Walch captured the Stage 13 win. This is the second stage win and ninth podium of 2013 for the American duo.
“We had another great Special today. We are really happy to be on top and need to talk about how great our Toyo Tires have been. A few days ago, we had a loose line that made the tire soft which was not the tire’s fault, so that makes 13 stages without any issues or flats. Toyo Tires makes a great tire and that helped us capture the win today,” commented Robby Gordon after winning his second stage of the 2013 Dakar Rally.
Stage 13 Dakar Rally – Results
5. Orly Terranova (Argentina) +01:40:52
10. Boris Garafulic (Chile) +04:45:58
12. Lucio Álvarez (Argentina) +04:49:00
14. Robby Gordon (United States) +05:39:41
16. Nuncio Coffaro (Venezuela) +05:58:49
30. José García (Argentina) +13:42:44
34. Fernando León (Chile) +15:14:29
35. Víctor Mastrimatteo (Argentina) +15:25:54
36. Pedro González (Perú) +16:50:26
40. Fernando Ferrand (Perú) +19:02:57
41. Alejandro Yacoponi (Argentina) +19:26:12
44. Francisco León (Perú) +20:58:45
46. Marco Bulacia (Bolivia) +21:07:01
47. Sebastián Halpern (Argentina) +21:24:29
49. Lino Sisterna (Argentina) +22:46:29
50. Luis Pinillos (Perú) +23:10:10
Coming off the most successful season in the nine-year history of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, NASCAR and Rev Racing welcomed the 2013 NASCAR D4D class live on Google+ Hangout yesterday – a group that will attempt to match the first series championship in the program’s history.
The selected drivers for the 2013 NASCAR D4D are:
Returning to K&N Series: Bryan Ortiz, from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and Ryan Gifford, of Winchester, Tennesse, will return to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Ortiz finished second to teammate Larson in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors last season and fifth in the standings.
Jumping to K&N Series: Daniel Suarez of Monterrey, Mexico, and Mackena Bell of Carson City, Nevada. Suarez is coming off a third-place finish in Mexico’s NASCAR Toyota Series, while Bell drove in Rev Racing’s Late Model program last year.
Starting in D4D: Annabeth Barnes from Hiddenite, North Carolina, and Jack Madrid from San Clemente, California, will pilot the Late Models for Rev Racing. While Devon Amos, from Rio Rancho, New Mexico, will compete for the team’s Legends program.
“Four drivers selected from the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine will join three returning drivers to compete for Rev Racing in 2013,” said Max Siegel, owner of Rev Racing. “With Kyle Larson capturing NASCAR D4D’s first title in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, as well as the series’ Sunoco Rookie of Year Award, the new class is in a position to continue the momentum and defend the 2013 title.”
“In 2012, the NASCAR Drive for Diversity initiative has strengthened its position as a leading driver development platform in our sport with outstanding finishes from many drivers, especially Kyle’s championship, which was a first for the program,” said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president of public affairs and multicultural development. “Clearly, the NASCAR D4D initiative and Rev Racing have raised the bar in preparing young drivers for success in our sport.”
Seventeen hopefuls went through a three-day driver evaluation of on-track performances and physical fitness to be considered for a spot in the 2013 D4D class. For the second-consecutive year, the NASCAR D4D Combine was held at Langley Speedway, a .4-mile asphalt oval and NASCAR-sanctioned track.
While several of the drivers will compete in the UNOH Battle at the Beach at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 18-19, the full team will begin its season in March. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series drivers will make their series debut at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway March 9, while the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers open their season on March 16 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Congratulations to NASCAR, Steve O’Donnell and Marcus Jadotte for a successful NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine and the best of luck to Mackena, Annabeth, Ryan, Daniel, Bryan, Jack and Devon in this project and we hope to see them winning not only this season in feeder series, but in the Camping World Truck Series, the Nationwide Series and the Sprint Cup Series in the next few years.
Enough is enough. After much speculation and rumors, Danica Patrick pointed out once again that he will NOT be participating in the 97th edition of the Indy 500 in may, this year. With that, the dreams of many IndyCar and, why not, Nascar fans will be disappointed, and for two years in a row the five-times-most-popular IndyCar driver has shut the door to the most viewed motor event in the world.
During a press conference given on Thursday in Daytona, Florida, and due to the tests Nascar is doing on the new 2013 model (you can read all about it at Racing5 Rocks!), the popular driver said she had no plans to participate this year, because she’d rather focus on her first season as full time driver in the Nascar Sprint Cup eries (Nascar’s biggest division). Let us remember that last year she ran full time in the Nationwide Series with Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s team, and only did a couple of tours at the Sprint Cup. So, Danica’ll prefer to run the “Coca Cola 600” in Charlotte, on the same day as the Indy 500, only later at night.
Danica pointed out that her and the team needed to focus on the Sprint Cup, since they’ll have tons of work due to their first full time participation. However, she still left a window open, when she said ‘if I were to run the Indy 500, it would be with Go Daddy (her sponsor)’
Danica’s participation at the Indy 500 has been good in terms of results, even reaching a third place in 2099. However, it was on 2005, in her first time when she got the most media exposure, when she became leader of the race with 30 laps left, pumping up the fans and specially the ratings (which reached 6.5, after a 5.1 in 2004), and her recognition. She finished FOURTH. Her participation was such a success that the winner, the late Dan Wheldon, showed a T-Shirt that read ‘Actually won the Indy 500’, after being overshadowed by Danica.
Article by Rodrigo García
Rodrigo follows IndyCar since 1999, when Chilean TV started followed the series because of Eliseo Salazar‘s races. When Eliseo left, Rodrigo didn’t leave IndyCar, to the contrary, he become an avid fan of the IndyCar Series and NASCAR. Social media and internet have helped him to be closer to his passion. Rodrigo has gone to several races from this racing series in Homestead, Miami, in which he collaborates with Racing5 with pictures and lifestyle articles.
Felipe Gana collaborated in this article
Cyril Despres is back in the battle for the win in the Dakar Rally, after winning Stage 9 in a quite impressive way, showing everyone why he has more wins than anyone else currently running in the motorbike category. Cyril finally got his first stage win of the 2013 edition, the one he had been waiting since the start of the Rally. In this Dakar, the luck has not been on his side. He started on a conservative way in Perú, but he got lost a couple times following experienced riders like Joan Barreda and Francisco “Chaleco” López, who have been extremely fast but also are making big mistakes. When Despres decided to attack after crossing into Argentina, his bike betrayed him and he was left without fifth gear at a very fast stage which costed time and an engine change, so he had a 15 minute penalty. So a day like yesterday is the one he wanted, the one he needed to be back in the game. For now it’s 1-2 for the KTM Red Bull team, but with water-carrier Ruben Faria on first place… Other Red Bull rider, Francisco “Chaleco” López, is still in third spot, but of course, now trailing Despres in the overall standings. This is what Cyril wrote in his personal blog after the stage, content that we have thanks to Red Bull Dakar:
Today was a hard 12 hours on the bike and I’m the lucky one because some of the other bikers will have an even longer day than me. It was a tough, tough day but I have been expecting it for six months now. I trained for the race knowing that there could be a day that comes when I really have to push.
I know this piste here in Cordoba from watching WRC races on television and I had the feeling it would be a track I would enjoy. Today I wanted not just to push but also to enjoy the day. Finishing the day with a stage victory is nice way to end a good day at the Dakar.
When you love your job like I do and things are going well for you then days like this are really special. What makes today’s result satisfying for me is that I didn’t win the stage by riding crazy and asking too much of the bike. I was sensible with my bike and I always felt I had another 10% in me to push even harder if needed.
On a twisty WRC track like we had today you need two things, a tough bike and strong legs. I was pushing hard on the footrest on every corner and there were hundreds of corners on the stage.
I have to thank my trainer who is from Argentina for helping to get me in shape to meet the challenges on today’s stage. Michelin also played their part in this stage win because I was asking my tyres some tough questions on the stage.
I also have my wings from Red Bull and the great tips I have picked up from going to their Diagnostics and Training Centre. I’ve been going to the Red Bull DTC in Austria for over two years now. During my sessions there it was decided that after a long day like today on motorbike I should warm down for 20 minutes on a fitness bike. People were looking at me like I was crazy when I started pedalling as soon as I got back to bivouac after 12 hours of riding a motorbike!
Content courtesy of Red Bull Dakar
Photo: Marcelo Maragni – Red Bull
He’d been waiting for a great day ever since the race started in Lima. He had had a very overall Dakar, And today was it! Starting the day 24:26 behind the overall leader David Casteu, Cyril Despres delivered an impressive performance throughout the ninth stage, the longest stage of the Dakar and one which was raced on fast trails which put tyres and brakes to the test. The stage went on from Tucumán to Córdoba in Argentina.
The Frenchman went on the attack at the beginning, dosed his effort to preserve his tyres and then stepped it up again in the final kilometres, grabbing his 31st career win in the Dakar by 4:03 over his closest rival, spaniard Joan Barreda Bort. Despite an early fall, Husqvarna’s star was the only rider who came close to challenging the Frenchman and finished second, 1:11 ahead of his teammate Alessandro Botturi.
”A really tough and dangerous stage. The ground was so slippery that it would have been really easy to fall. I open up the road coming across every type of animal imaginable; cows, horse, birds, and every time I had to slow down to avoid hitting anything. I’m pleased with the second place. With my hand the way it is I couldn’t do any more.” said Barreda.
Barreda wasn’t the only one to fall, and others had it really bad during one of the toughest stages of the Dakar for it’s length, 590 kilometres in special stage and other 300 kilometres in the link stage and the difficulties of the terrain, with lots of water after the past days’ rains. The overall leader after leaving Tucumán, David Casteu, crashed into a cow when tackling a turn 120 km into the special! This left the rider from Nice, Fran with a dislocated right shoulder and a damaged motorcycle, a situation which became a full-blown nightmare when a mechanical 15 km from the finish line cost him several hours. Casteu made it to the end of the special on foot, but this is the end of the road for him! Olivier Pain’s performance won’t help Yamaha to finally get back to the winning days in the Dakar. Pain also hit the deck several times, losing about 32 minutes and slipping to sixth overall. The least unlucky of the leaders was chilean Francisco “Chaleco” López, who also fell but “only” lost 16 minutes to Despres.
This crazy stage turned the overall on its head, with Cyril Despres‘ water carrier, Portuguese Ruben Faria, taking the lead 5:23 ahead of his boss! Things just got much easier for the defending champion! Behind them, Chile’s Francisco “Chaleco” López is still in third place, 9:06 down, after a very successful damage limitation exercise after a big fall.
3. Francisco López (Chile)
10. Jeremías Israel (Chile)
12. Javier Pizzolito (Argentina)
13. Daniel Gouet (Chile)
24. Felipe Prohens (Chile)
25. Pablo Rodríguez (Argentina)
30. Felipe Ríos (Perú)
38. Nicolás Cardona (Venezuela)
39. Kurt Caselli (Estados Unidos)
44. Juan Carlos Salvatierra (Bolivia)
45. Jaime Prohens (Chile)
49. Francisco Arredondo (Guatemala)
53. Diego Demelchori (Argentina)
57. Johnny Campbell (Estados Unidos)
65. Pablo Pascual (Argentina)
69. Jorge Aguilar (El Salvador)
71. Patricio Cabrera (Chile)
74. Rodolfo Bollero (Argentina)
78. Marco Reinike (Chile)
82. Rodrigo Illanes (Chile)
84. Rafael Eraso (Venezuela)
87. Juan Cruz (Argentina)
92. Gustavo Bassi (Argentina)
94. Juan Manuel Belaustegi (Argentina)
101. Martín Amengual (Argentina)
Bugglys are OUT! Oh, man, Robby Gordon is going to troll Nasser Al-Attiyah big time. The qatari is out of the Dakar after a lot of issues with his engine during Stage 9 of the rally. He broke a shaft with only four kilometers to go, and his Dakar is done, after his assistance truck took too much time to get there to help him out.
As Red Bull says in their information of the day, his retirement from the race is a bitter pill for Nasser to swallow but he can look back at his participation in the 2013 Dakar with plenty of fond memories. The ambitious Qatar Red Bull Rally Team project managed to win five of the eight Dakar Stages they completed on their first trip to the desert classic. The specially designed Buggy had also put Nasser just a whisker off the overall lead of the race at the halfway point. Bugglys delivered stage wins for both Nasser and Carlos Sainz before they suffered their untimely departures from the race. Their performance was quite impressive after being built only five months before the start of the Dakar.
On Nasser’s arrival in Cordoba, he promised to carry on his hard work with the Qatar Red Bull Rally Team project and to do all he can to fight for an improved performance at the 2014 Dakar Rally.
The 2013 Dakar Rally in cars is kinda over with four stages to go: Stephane Peterhansel has 49 minutes of difference with Giniel de Villiers and is set to give MINI their second Dakar rally in a row. De Villiers was 30 minutes adrift before yesterday’s stage, and he had issues in the second part of stage 9, which ended up in him losing 10 more minutes. 49 minutes means that only a disaster will stop Peterhansel of grabbing his 11th Dakar Rally. Not for nothing he is known as “Mr.Dakar”.
Nani Roma from Spain won yesterday’s stage, Peterhansel was second, Orly Terranova from Argentina was third and Robby Gordon was fourth. Robby is slowly catching up with the leaders, but he is 19th in the overall standings.
The Best from America
5. Orly Terranova (Argentina) +2:01:18
11. Boris Garafulic (Chile) + 3:23:30
16. Lucio Álvarez (Argentina) +4:44:51
17. Nunzio Coffaro (Venezuela) +4:52:24
19. Robby Gordon (United States) +5:55:49
After three days testing the Gen 6 Car at Daytona… we sure can make up our thoughts…and these are our conclusions:
1) No more Bump Drafting: With this new Car regulations, Bump Drafting is technically impossible. Yes, you can do it but there’s a huge risk of huge wrecks. Due the big crash, drivers as Jeff Gordon, Jamie McMurray, Marcos Ambrose, Regan Smith, the Champion Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Kasey Kahne were not able to test for the last 2 days. Carl Edwards was lucky, he had a Backup Car.
2) Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle!: New Car + Tiny Spoiler = Spins or Wiggle: I know NASCAR wants to make more exciting the races in Super Speedways but try of do not complicated their existence on the Track. My suggestion: make the Spoiler a little bit bigger. Why? It would produce more downforce and the car would have more aerodynamic grip.
3) Danica is on fire: In the first day ended last due a problem in the Gearbox but after that issue, she was freaking fast! Danica Patrick finished always in the top 10 in every practice in some points she was leading in the Speed charts. Danica always have good races in the Super Speedways just need some luck. For her, the Daytona 500 will be a big opportunity to show what she can do in NASCAR. And thanks to our friend Alan Cavanna, she was in one of the best NASCAR pictures ever.
Now the teams have a one week of rest before the final test scheduled for Jan. 17-18 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a 1.5 mile track. A final thought: In the Sprint Unlimited (Former Budweiser Shootout) we are going to see a lot of crashes… There’s no doubt about that! Why? The tiny Spoiler, failed attempts of Bump Drafting, and it could be worse than the last year race. Don’t miss the Unlimited, usually the wildest race of the season.
The Sprint Unlimited is scheduled for February 16th, at Daytona International Speedway.
Article by Alonso Manso
Alonso lives in San Bernardo, Chile. He loves Motorsport, he doesn’t know how and why he started his love for racing. He’s passionate with the stories of Motorsport, old races and Formula 1. He feels like he has huge knowledge in NASCAR and IndyCar and follows both series closely. Alonso uses Social Media to interact with Racing fans around the World, sharing thoughts, random things like explaining that his real name is Alonso. He might have been Alonso Alonso in Formula 1!
Felipe Gana collaborated in this article.
The end so near, yet so far: that was the bitter motto of the eighth Dakar stage. On Saturday morning the teams and drivers faced 849 kilometres to the finish of the day’s stage in San Miguel de Tucumán, where the Dakar entourage would be rewarded with a well-earned rest day on Sunday. However, torrential rainfall on Saturday morning forced the Dakar organisers to completely cancel the first half of the two-part stage. The start was then moved to the second check-point of the stage, 288 kilometres from the original start.
To enable the competitors to reach the revised start, the start was postponed by four hours. When the competitors began tackling the stage on Saturday afternoon local Argentinean time, all seemed in order. However, worse was yet to come. As became the norm on previous days, a thrilling duel soon developed between leader Stéphane Peterhansel in the green MINI ALL4 Racing and his closest challenger Nasser Al-Attiyah, who gradually ate into the ten-time Dakar winner’s lead.
Then the weather hit with a vengeance. The heavens opened their sluices in torrents, forcing terrible stage conditions on the competitors. Stéphane not only lost time, but was forced to cede the lead to Al-Attiyah at the ninth way point, with his deficit at that stage being 1:59 minutes. When the organisers shortly thereafter cancelled the final section of the stage after the rain intensified and only a handful of competitors reached the stage finish, Stéphane Peterhansel was disadvantaged even more. That’s why they decided to pick Stephane’s time and give it to everyone who crossed the final section (or didn’t even try) after him. So Guerlain Chicherit won the stage, argentinian Orly Terranova was second, american Robby Gordon was third and spaniard Nani Roma fourth. Everyone else, had the same time given by ASO.
Al-Attiyah then is just 3 minutes adrift from Peterhansel in the overall lead, with 4000 kilometres to go.
Stage 8 results
Everyone else –> +0:12:15
8. Orly Terranova (Argentina, BMW)
14. Boris Garafulic (Chile, MINI)
19. Nunzio Coffaro (Venezuela, Toyota)
20. Lucio Álvarez (Argentina, Toyota)
23. Robby Gordon (Estados Unidos, Hummer)
25. Ramón Ferreyros (Perú, Nissan)
28. Emiliano Spataro (Argentina, Renault)
32. Adrián Yacopini (Argentina, Toyota)
35. José García (Argentina, Renault)
Photo: Stephane Peterhansel, credit: MINI Chile
Joan Barreda landed a victory in the second leg of the Marathon stage, which ran from Cachi to San Miguel de Tucuman. A heavy rainfall in the night forced the organizers to reprogram a shorter than planned stage, and cancel the first part of the special test, leaving only the final 183 kilometres (114 miles). American legend Johnny Campbell had a superb day and finished second in one of the toughest stages of the rally.
Joan Barreda on the Husqvarna TE449RR by Speedbrain notched up his third stage victory so far in this Dakar, equalling Chilean Francisco “Chaleco” Lopez as the rider with most stage victories to date. Joan stormed his way through a tough, technical special, making an excellent interpretation of the course, whilst imposing a seven minute advantage over his nearest rival. López had an awful stage and ended up 50th and the same happened to Olivier Pain so the new leader of the overall classification is David Casteu from Yamaha.
“After a couple of days in which just about everything has happened to me, this is a really important victory! Winning again is vital for me and for the whole team. I was up with Despres, but 50 km from the finish I saw that he had taken the wrong route, so I halted and then decided to take another path, and that led to victory.“ said Barreda.
Paulo Goncalves and Alessandro Botturi, on the other hand, made a navigational blunder as they followed the main leader’s group down a mistaken route. “I was unable to find the right route. A whole load of us arrived at that point about a 110 km into the special. Besides the track was really dangerous. Anyway, we are only at the halfway point, and I’m happy with the way things have gone up until now.” said the italian Botturi.
After eight stages and around 4000 kilometres of racing, the Dakar caravan gets a well-deserved day of rest tomorrow. But there’s still another 4000 kilometres to go before Santiago…
Overall Standings after eight stages
7. Jeremías Israel (Honda, 92) +0:27:07
10. Javier Pizzolito (Argentina, 30) +0:34:55
11. Daniel Gouet (Honda, 26) +0:36:06
22. Pablo Rodríguez (Argentina, 49) +1:30:22
27. Felipe Prohens (Honda, 41) + 1:53:49
28. Felipe Ríos (Perú, 52) +2:04:59
37. Esteban Smith (KTM, 143) +3:09:02
45. Kurt Caselli (KTM, 28) +3:56:06
47. Jaime Prohens (Honda, 42) + 4:04:56
Photo: Husqvarna by Speedbrain
Kurt Caselli arrived on the Dakar with a reputation as an all-terrain expert. It was in the mountains, on a special stage that took place above an altitude of 3300 metres, where the American picked up his first victory on the Dakar. The very quick terrain of this seventh stage was ideal for the KTM rider, who is used to shining on the American circuit, having recently finished the major event of his year, the Baja 1000, in second place. After having crossed the Cordillera de Los Andes, Caselli, who inherited Marc Coma’s bike in Lima, gobbled up the 218 kilometres of the timed section at an average speed of 117 kmph. On the finishing line, by winning the special stage, he became the first newcomer to win a stage since Ruben Faria in 2006, in his native Portugal. Caselli’s pace gave him a lead of 1 minute and 23 seconds over Francisco Lopez and Olivier Pain at the end of the stage.
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