The 2014 Dakar Rally is about to begin, and this year the route begins in Rosario, Argentina, travels north into Bolivia, and then turns around to head down south along the coast to end in Valparaiso, Chile. The total length of the route is almost 5000 kilometers.

Founded in 1978, the original route ran from Paris, France to Dakar Senegal; hence the name “The Paris-Dakar”. However, due to political and security issues which cancelled the race in 2008, the race was transposed across the world to South America in 2009, with a focus on Argentina and Chile.

For those wanting to follow the 2014 Dakar Rally on television, coverage in the United States begins on Monday, January 6th at 5pm on NBC Sports, in both SD and HD.

Asphalt & Rubber will be updating you with major events from the Dakar; but for those wanting to watch every day, the viewing schedule is as follows (be sure to confirm times and availability with your local TV provider):

NBC Sports Coverage Timetable of the 2014 Dakar Rally:

Monday 1/6 — 5:00pm-5:30pm
Tuesday 1/7 — 5:00pm-5:30pm
Wednesday 1/8 — 5:00pm-5:30pm
Thursday 1/9 — 5:00pm-5:30pm
Friday 1/10 — 5:00pm-5:30pm
Saturday 1/11 — 5:30pm-6:00pm
Sunday 1/12 — 10:00pm-10:30pm
Monday 1/13 — 6:30pm-7:00pm
Tuesday 1/14 — 5:00pm-5:30pm
Wednesday 1/15 — 5:00pm-5:30pm
Thursday 1/16 — 5:00pm-5:30pm

Source: NBC Sports