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Sebastien Bourdais leads Starworks win at Indy

IZOD IndyCar Series and former F1 driver Sebastien Bourdais finally achieved a dream win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday, in the first Brickyard Grand Prix Grand-AM event.
After seven years of competing in US open wheel racing, including two attempts at the famous Indy 500 race, Sebastien Bourdais finally found success at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, behind the wheel of a Grand-AM Rolex Sports Car Series car.

Bourdais was sharing stewardship of the #2 Starworks Motorsport Ford Riley Daytona Prototype with Venezuela's Alex Popow, and drove the last stint of the race which included a late pit stop for fuel-only that helped vault him past his Starworks team mate Ryan Dalziel for the lead on lap 74 of 91.

Bourdais still had to survive two late restarts, while the race ultimately ended up finishing under caution after two Porsches driven by Leh Keen and Joerg Bergmeister clashed with five minutes left to run in the event.

"The last restart was challenging," said Bourdais of his battle with with #10 SunTrust Racing Corvette DP in the hands of Ricky Taylor. "He braked really, really late, and so did I. I nearly didn't make the corner!"

The race also saw some very tricky conditions for his co-driver Popow, who had to keep the Starworks car on track in a period that saw two heavy rainstorms sweep over Indianapolis early in the three-hour running time.

"It's amazing, sitting here in first place at the Brickyard," said Popow, adding that "It's like a dream come true." He also gave special thanks to his experienced co-driver: "A great job and an incredible drive. He was amazing. We had the best car and the best driver out there."

Bourdais finished ahead of the #01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW Riley car driven by Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, which limped home looking pretty beaten up after a physical race that saw a lot of contact but still had enough zip left to pull off a late-race move on Taylor for the runners-up spot.

"I think most everything took place," said Pruett. "It rained, we had a tore-up race car - but we managed to scratch back and finish second!"

Ricky Taylor finished third at the end in the #10 car he shared with Max Angelelli, just ahead of the second Ganassi car, the #02 driven by IndyCar's Scott Dixon and NASCAR's Juan Pablo Montoya. Montoya raised eyebrows during the race with his aggressive stint that saw him bump the second #8 Starworks car of Ryan Dalziel and Enzo Potolicchio out of the top five, and also doing the same with the #9 Action Express Racing Corvette shared by Joao Barbosa and Darren Law.




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Alex Popow and Sebastien Bourdais, drivers of the #2 Soloson Ford Riley, celebrate after winning the Grand-AM Rolex Sports Car Series inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2012, in Indianapolis, Ind. (Photo Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Alex Popow and Sebastian Bourdais, drivers of the #2 Ford Riley, celebrate in Victory Lane after wininng the Grand-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2012, in Indianapolis, Ind. (Photo Credit: Tyler Barrick/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Max Angelelli / Jordan Taylor. GRAND-AM Championship Weekend Presented by BMW at Lime Rock Park. 2013 Grand AM Rolex Sports Car Series
Max Angelelli / Jordan Taylor. Continental Tire Sports Car Festival. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. 2013 Grand AM Rolex Sports Car Series
Starworks Motorsport BMW/Riley duo Brendon Hartley and Scott Mayer celebrate their first Grand AM Rolex Sports Car Series victory at Road America [Pic credit: Grand AM]
Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor drive the #10 Velocity Worldwide Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype to victory Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the third race of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevrolet)
Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor drive the #10 Velocity Worldwide Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype (left) to victory Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the third race of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Alex Gurney and Jo Fogarty, drivers of the #99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP (right) finish in second place. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevrolet)
John Edwards and Robin Liddell, drivers of the # 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R., race to victory Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the Grand Touring (GT) class of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevrolet)
John Edwards and Matt Bell, drivers of the # 9 Camaro GS.R, race to second place Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevrolet)
Juan Pablo Montoya, Memo Rojas, Scott Pruett and Charlie Kimball, co-drivers of the #01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates TELMEX/Target Ford BMW Riley celebrate their win in victory lane at the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
The winning #60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Ford Riley car is brought into victory lane after a gruelling 50th anniversary Rolex 24 at Daytona. [Picture Credit: Daytona International Speedway]
Derek Johnston [Pic credit: Grand Am]
Borcheller/Barbosa - Action Express Racing Porsche Riley [Pic credit: Grand Am Media]
Fogarty/Gurney - GAINSCO Racing [Pic credit: Grand Am]
Alex Gurney/Jon Fogarty - GAINSCO Bob Stallings Racing Riley-Pontiac   [pic credit: Grand-Am]
Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas - TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Lexus   [pic credit: Grand-Am]
Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas - TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Lexus   [pic credit: Grand-Am]
Michael Valiante/Joh Pew - Michael Shank Racing Riley-Ford   [pic credit: Grand-Am]

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