Good morning! Hey Money Lap subscribers, Kyle here! I wanted to start today’s newsletter off with a personal note. Our mantra at The Money Lap is “The coolest stuff in motorsports”. Yeah, that includes NASCAR, F1 and IndyCar. But it also includes everything else with wheels and an engine.
In 2024, I urge you to go out of your comfort zone and watch a series you’ve never seen before. Go to a race you’ve never been to. Keep up with more than your normal high speed cup of tea. The perfect opportunity to do this? Over the next two weeks with the Dakar Rally.
Today marks the start of the 46th Dakar Rally. It’s something I never imagined that I would have an interest in. But here I am fully invested in this duel in the desert (working for Parker Kligerman will do that to you) and cheering on the American drivers! Here’s my pitch to you:
The Dakar transcends being merely a race; it epitomizes the ultimate human and sporting expedition. Unfolding across thousands of kilometers through some of the planet's most challenging, harsh, and awe-inspiring landscapes, the event unites both amateur and professional participants in a trial of human resilience and determination. It unfolds as a colossal challenge where man, machine, and nature contend in an epic struggle, making merely reaching the finish line a monumental achievement.
The Dakar 2024 lineup is locked and loaded! 🚗🏍️ 418 vehicles, including 132 bikes and 70 ultimate cars, are set to conquer the desert. Notably, 27 women racers and 130 rookies add spice to the race, while 133 "Legends" gear up for their 10th or more Dakar challenge. 🌍🏆
France 🇫🇷 leads with 124 contenders, followed by Spain 🇪🇸 (84) and the Netherlands 🇳🇱 (62).
In total, 585 drivers/riders will take starters orders for the 46th annual Dakar Rally. It all starts today!
Daniel Ricciardo is embracing a new racing-centric mindset for the 2024 season. After a mid-season return to AlphaTauri in 2023, replacing Nyck de Vries, the Aussie is prioritizing racing over distractions. Ricciardo revealed, "I've cut back on a lot of things outside of racing." Addressing the balance between being an entertainer and a racer, he emphasized, "I'm really just trying to make sure that racing is the priority."
Acknowledging the sport's growth, he added, "There's so much going on... It's all really exciting and fun, but I was probably doing too much." The eight-time Grand Prix winner aims for a more focused approach to optimize recovery and performance in the upcoming season alongside teammate Yuki Tsunoda at AlphaTauri.