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Tuesday July 31, 2012
Mooresville, NC (July 30, 2012) Sebastien Bourdais and Alex Popow won the inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix Grand Am Rolex Series race on Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway driving the No. 2 Soloson Ford/Riley for Starworks Motorsports.
Bourdais took the lead with just over a half hour remaining and pulled away on the final restart to win the Daytona Prototype division's first Brickyard Grand Prix and the North American Endurance Championship. Winning on the 2.534-mile road course in Indianapolis, IN was another highlight in the team's incredible season which includes a second-place finish in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
As has become tradition in other races at the historic track, the winning drivers bent down to kiss the bricks at the start/finish line after the race.
"It was a pretty special day. I felt strong in the car. I ran a good lap in the test and thought we had a good chance," said Bourdais. "It was win No. 1 for me this season. I've been winning a race every year for many, many years, and I was starting to get worried. I'm glad we could put it together".
Friday's win, coupled with the team's win at the Rolex 24 with drivers Potolicchio and Dalziel in the No. 8 Ford/Riley, gave Starworks the North American Endurance Championship title. The Championship is determined by a 3-race stint in the Rolex, Sebring, and Indianapolis races.
"We have had a great year and I don't know whether any other team has won at Sebring, Indianapolis and LeMans in the same year. Also, it is incredible to win the North American Endurance Championship," said team owner Peter Baron.
Roush Yates engines powered 4 Ford Daytona Prototype cars in the race, capturing their first win since the historic podium sweep at the Rolex 24 at Daytona earlier in the year.
About Roush Yates
Roush Yates, of Mooresville, N.C., designs, engineers and crafts high performance racing engines with the power to perform and the horsepower and durability you'd expect from legendary NASCAR pioneers Jack Roush and Robert Yates. The partnership of power and precision has come from merging the knowledge and experience of two legendary engine builders, both with a passion for winning today and powering up for tomorrow. In 2009 Doug Yates purchased his father's half of Roush Yates Engines to become a co-owner in the company.
As CEO, Doug Yates leads a staff of 180 engineers and technicians who design, assemble, test, and service racing engines at two separate state-of-the-art facilities in Mooresville, North Carolina. Here, the best minds and latest technology are hard at work producing over 1,000 racing engines each year for teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, ARCA, Grand-Am, FIA GT3, Dirt Late Model, Sprint cars, and NHRA Pro Stock. At Roush Yates Engines, the mission is Power Performance, which is achieved through innovation, design, precision engineering, and skillful craftsmanship. Building the best engines in racing today, providing service that's second to none, and honoring a commitment to research and development are the heart of Roush Yates Engines.
In June 2011, Roush Yates' Performance Products division expanded to a new 50,000 sq. ft. retail center in Mooresville to better serve the entire performance industry with mass-produced new parts, customized new parts, and used parts; racer consumables as well as chassis dynamometer testing services.
This report was provided by an outside PR source and posted by Beth Lunkenheimer.
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