The driver set to realize a Dakar dream

Sara Price's victory last weekend earned her an entry into the event she's always wanted to do the most

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If you race off-road, there’s one word that’s never far from the front of your mind: Dakar. Just ask Sara Price.

Price is one of America’s best-known and most decorated off-road racers. She was born to break records on dirt.

The Californian medalled at the 2010 X Games in motocross before switching to four wheels, where she became the first SCORE International Baja 1000 IronWoman – driving the 2019 route solo and finishing second in a trophy truck.

Attending DirtFish’s inaugural Women in Motorsport Summit in 2022, Josie Rimmer emerged from her interview with Sara with lots of words. The one that’s stuck is the one that’s most relevant: badass.

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Which is good. Because Dakar is the motorsport definition of badass.

As Price is about to find out.

Her victory on last week’s Sonora Rally in México earned her an entry to the world’s most coveted marathon event.

After 776 arduous miles in five days, Price emerged with her Can-Am Maverick X3 45 minutes and 29 seconds ahead of her nearest rival.

That win elevated her, in every sense of the word.

“I’m honestly still on cloud nine,” grinned Chip Ganassi’s first ever female signing. “Getting to Dakar has been a dream of mine since 2015 and this year I decided to put 100% of my focus towards it.

“We’re going to Dakar and I can’t wait!”

Price will compete in the SSV – side-by-side – category of January’s Saudi Arabian event.

Words:David Evans