Bourdais, Popow win Grand Am at Indy

BY foxsports • July 28, 2012

Sebastien Bourdais took the lead with just over a half hour remaining, and held on to win the Grand Am Rolex Series race Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Bourdais held off a charge from Ricky Taylor on a restart with just over seven minutes left, and the three-hour timed event ended under yellow after a crash brought out a caution with just under five minutes remaining. The No. 2 Ford Riley was co-driven by Bourdais and Alex Popow.

As has become tradition in other races at the historic track, the winning drivers bent down to kiss the yard of bricks at the finish line after the race.

''It's really cool to come out there and kiss the bricks,'' Bourdais said. ''I'll take that any day.''

Popow called winning at Indianapolis ''a dream come true.''

The No. 01 BMW Riley co-driven by Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas finished second, followed by the No. 10 Corvette driven by Taylor and Max Angelelli.

The No. 02 BMW Riley finished fourth, driven by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars Juan Pablo Montoya and Jamie McMurray with IndyCar driver Scott Dixon.

Montoya tangled with Ryan Dalziel late in the race, sending Dalziel's car off the track.

Dalziel's team owner, Peter Baron, urged series officials to punish Montoya or his team.

''The series needs to do something to take care of that,'' said Barons, who also owns the winning car. ''I told them it was going to happen, (and) it happened.''

The No. 44 Porsche driven by John Potter and Andy Lally finished fifth overall and first in the GT class.

The race was run through a short but heavy period of showers about an hour after the green flag.

Grand Am was a new addition to the Brickyard 400 weekend schedule, as Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials hope to offer additional entertainment to boost attendance that has sagged in recent years - although Friday's event drew a relatively small crowd around the track's road course, which uses a portion of the speedway's oval and zigzags through the infield.

NASCAR's second-tier Nationwide Series also was added to the weekend schedule and will race at Indy on Saturday. The Brickyard 400 is Sunday.

Earlier Friday afternoon, The No. 01 Camaro driven by Eric Curran and Lawson Aschenbach won the Continental Tire Series race, while the No. 82 BMW driven by Daniel Rogers and Seth Thomas finished first in the street tuner class. The race was interrupted by heavy rain, with standing water forcing the officials to stop the race for 25 minutes with a red flag.

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