Actually, the best way to monitor Dakar is courtesy of the Australians: SBS Dakar page
Do not play from that page, though - instead, click on the "VIDEOS" tab: that launches the player in a separate window that automatically proceeds through all reports and "featurettes".
These are better reports than I remember - now I know that Speed Channel and then OLN was cutting these short, presumably to insert advertising time. Of course, I will not subscribe to Versus just for the rallye.
For example, the reports on trucks (actually, my most favorite part of the Dakar) were almost always cut to the results only. The Aussies show the full few-minutes-long segment.
It is a shame that, for all practical purposes, rallying is an unknown sport in the States. The Scandinavians of Minnesota are keeping up the flame, but not making much progress.
You'd think that the fact that Americans are now making their mark would increase the visibility of the sport and be an occasion to promote it by the sports media. After all, Mark Miller is today in 3rd car spot, even Robby Gordon is hanging on to 10th (and his name is known to Nascar dads in the land). But no. Before I came across the Aussie site, I have been trying to get something from US news network web pages: there was nada!
When Mark Miller won the special stage a few days ago, I quickly checked CNN. There was no mention on the sports page at all for a whole day, then they inserted a little text-only paragraph from Associated Press.
Of course, if I cared about football or basketball, I'd get my fix.
In contrast, I checked out websites of several overseas TV networks. Dakar was always linked from main headline pages and was the prime topic on sport pages - especially if someone from that country was in a significant rallye position.
So dissapointing here...