Posted at, the Dakar Rally is moving to South America for 2009. After the 2008 Rally was canceled due to terrorist threats by stone-age towelheads, Race director Etienne Lavigne told ESPN today the event will run through Argentina and Chile in 2009:

Race director Etienne Lavigne detailed the route in a telephone interview Monday. He was already in Buenos Aires, scouting out the Argentine capital that will host the start and finish of next year’s race.

“It’s a very, very big adventure,” Lavigne said.

This year marked the first time that the 30-year-old rally, one of the biggest competitions in automobile racing, was called off. Next year will mark the first time that it will not race in Africa.

According to Lavigne the race will return to Africa when it can. Seems to me they should stay out of that hellhole. It’s hard to imagine it will be any different in the future. But that’s just me. [found via RacerX Illustrated]