2024 Dakar Rookie Sara Price Makes History

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Price and navigator Gray conquer the world’s toughest rally and finish strong in SSV

January 23, 2024 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – American racer Sara Price and navigator Jeremy Gray had a remarkably successful debut in their first Dakar Rally. Price set personal bests as well as Dakar records, beginning with a podium finish in the very first stage. Price then consistently maintained a top-10 position finishing streak for the next 8 stages.

Historic Stage Win

Price’s history making first Dakar win came in the hard-fought 10th stage of the 12-stage 2024 Dakar Rally. The 2024 Dakar stage win makes Price the first American women in the history of the famed rally to win a stage. Price stands with only two others, Dakar veterans Jutta Kleinschmidt and Christina Gutierrez, as the third woman to win a stage in the world’s toughest rally.

Dakar Rally Ranked

Piloting their SSV-classification South Racing Can-Am Maverick X3, Price and Gray ran up front with some of the world’s best drivers through the forbidding Arabian desert during the two-week 2024 Dakar Rally. She was consistent and posted SSV fastest times through many sections of stages. Price was ranked second overall in the SSV class after her record stage 10 win. The last two stages of this year’s 3,000-mile Dakar were considered the toughest and brought the team challenges in Stage 11 and 12. Price finished fourth overall in the 2024 Dakar Rally SSV classification and won the best rookie ­– an astonishing feat for a rookie and also a privateer team.

Looking Forward

For Price, “Racing Dakar had always been a dream. But we did it, we finished. And we finished well. It’s the toughest race in the world. We came so close to the podium near the end, but to have placed fourth in our first Dakar is an amazing accomplishment. It taught us that there is so much more to the Dakar than just driving.”

Heading home with a historic record in her first Dakar Rally and the competitive edge that continues to fuel her racing career, Price moves forward in the five-event 2024 World Rally Raid Championship (WR2C). Her spectacular performance and strong finish in the 2024 Dakar Rally placed Price second in the SSV class WR2C points race.

With strong results and key learnings, the determined and focused Price will return to the U.S. and begin training for the 2025 Dakar Rally.

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About Sara Price

Owner of SP Motorsports, Sara Price began racing dirt bikes at the age of eight and collected 19 amateur titles and medaled in Women’s Super X at the 2010 X-Games. She holds the record as the most winning female amateur to date. Named the 2016 Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Rising Star, Sara Price’s racing career started in motocross, then went on to Monster Energy Kawasaki as the first factory-supported female racer.

In 2012 Price switched to four wheels and started racing UTVs competing in the WORCS series and the Lucas Oil Regional Short Course Series. Price became the first American UTV team driver to compete in the Rallye Aïcha Des Gazelles in Morocco, and went on to finish the Terracross Championship undefeated to take the Women’s Championship that same year. In 2016, Price raced six events in the Stadium SUPER Truck Series and became the first woman ever to lead laps in that championship.

Price went on to compete with RPM Offroad in a Trophy Truck Spec in the SCORE International Desert Series. In 2019, Price became the first woman to win the SCORE International Trophy Truck Spec Championship, also notably as an IronWoman in the entire series. In 2021 Sara signed on to the Chip Ganassi Racing team for Extreme-E, the global electric racing program, adding an Extreme E win to her resume. Major wins in 2023 piloting her Can-Am Maverick X3 include the Sonora Rally, Mint 400, and SCORE Baja 500. When she isn’t racing, Price works as a stunt professional a part of the SAG-AFTRA Union, performing on motorcycles and in other vehicles and as a stunt performer for television and films seen worldwide.

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