The second stage, first serious stage, was today. Yesterday was a short, 60km stage, but not without trouble. A local racer crashed a few KMs from the finish and had cardiac arrest and died on the way to the hospital. Two spectators also died in a plane crash. Americans did well, Quinn Cody 4th and Jonah Street 10th on the first day. Robby Gordon was 5th in his 2WD Hummer, but would have won if not for having to tow his team mate in to the finish. Nassir Al Attiyah is Gordon's team mate and the winner overall from last year. Today was trouble for many. A French rider hit a cow going 100mph +, killed the cow, but he is in the hospital. Cody had a tire blow on the way to the start and then had fuel pump issues loosing 20 minutes and dropping him to 20th. Jonah had bigger trouble and is likely out of the rally. His engine started dying when hot, which was often when it is 120 degrees out!? He was towed out and may be done. Nassir won the car stage and Robby got 3rd, so they sit 6th and 2nd overall. Stephane Peterhansel, 6 time winner on a bike, 3 times in a car, leads the cars in a Mini Countryman.