Thanks for all the feedback. I have been criss crossing North America for the last 20 years running with grand am, American lemans and NASCAR at a variety of levels of management. Logistically I feel confident about Dakar. Financially I have had the 200k number floating in my head as I have spent many hours running scenarios through my head.
All of you have brought up some very valid points. My plan is to spend some time talking with the people that I know in this years race and get their input. Maybe using an existing service is the way to go.???