Dakar: Team Rally PanAmerica 2007 pre-race notes

Destination Dakar The Dakar Rally is the most challenging motorsports event in the world. This year, the organizers describe "Different stages every day, a fast- changing pace, high-speed stretches alternating with technical ...

Destination Dakar

The Dakar Rally is the most challenging motorsports event in the world. This year, the organizers describe "Different stages every day, a fast- changing pace, high-speed stretches alternating with technical legs, intense navigation. . . Racers have to be skilled, on the lookout for the slightest traps, and shrewd navigators, or else they will loose a great deal of time and energy. . . the Dakar will be an extreme challenge again this year."

Team Rally PanAmerica, an American privateer motorcycle rally team backed by PAi and Top Oil, has prepared all year for this event. Jonah Street (#25), no longer a rookie, looks forward to his second Dakar: "I'm excited, especially since we're much better prepared this year. And, now I know what to expect."

Teammate Casey McCoy (#232) has plenty of rallying experience, but never in the Dakar, "Participating in the Dakar has been a long time dream of mine that is now a reality. I am very excited to be a part of a proven team that has years of Dakar experience."

Team Manager Charlie Rauseo believes the team can do well, "We have all the elements necessary to get on the podium: talented riders, experienced crew, good training and equipment, and a passion for winning. Hopefully a little luck and consistency will make up for what we lack in logistical support and manpower."

The Dakar Rally starts in Lisbon, Portugal on January 6, 2007, and finishes in Dakar, Senegal on January 21. In the United States, it will be televised on Versus Network, schedule posted on the team's website.

-credit: www.rallypanam.com

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Dakar
Drivers Casey McCoy , Charlie Rauseo