Former F1 driver Sebastien Bourdais says preparations for the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona are being geared to ensuring his Action Express team enjoys a trouble-free run that will put it into position for a predicted final hour sprint.

The Frenchman, who won last year's race alongside Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa, after a late battle dictated by a caution period in the closing stages, says his intention is to ensure his car is in position towards the end of the 24 hour race.

Late caution periods are a frequent fixture of the Rolex 24 at Daytona in an effort to keep the race open until the final stages. It means the race has a history of going down to the final lap.

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"What does it take to win here? Everything," he told Crash.net. "You need reliability, you need a strong driver line-up that allows you to rely on whoever is at the wheel depending on where the yellows fall. You could have a massive amount of yellows at the end so your grand master plan doesn't work. You need a fast car because very often it is a sprint to the finish.

"The way it is structured with the yellows, then nobody really falls back unless they have major mechanical issues, so you just have to make sure you are not penalised or get into contact with anyone.

Indeed, though Bourdais - who has stood on the podium in the Le Mans 24 Hours - isn't a fan of the format, he accepts that it is all part of the show for fans.

"The race really starts when the last yellow is thrown. I personally am not a big fan of it but that is the way it is. I like the Le Mans format better because I think it is more representative of the bigger picture, but in the USA we tend to be more a showmaker, you want a big showdown at the end and I understand that. It is great for the fans and challenging for us."

Bourdais, who competed with Scuderia Toro Rosso in F1 and Peugeot at Le Mans, will stay with KV Racing in the 2015 IndyCar Series and start the 2015 race from fourth on the grid.