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Grand-Am: Dalziel, Popow move into DP lead with Indianapolis win

Starworks Motorsport's Ryan Dalziel and Alex Popow swiftly took over the lead in the Daytona Prototype championship standings, Friday with a win at the Brickyard Grand Prix, in Indianapolis.

Aboard their newly BMW-powered Riley prototype, Dalziel and Popow beat Ganassi's Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, whose second-place finish was enough to earn them the $100,000 prize of the North American Endurance Championship (NAEC), a three-race series within the Rolex championship.

Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty (No. 99 GAINSCO Corvette DP) completed the podium.

Former F1 and IndyCar driver Rubens Barrichello finished fifth alongside co-driver Doug Peterson in the No. 77 Doran Racing Ford/Dallara. His countryman Tony Kanaan, who won the Indy 500 earlier this year, finished ninth in the second Ganassi entry, which he co-drove with DTM driver Joey Hand.

Jeff Segal and Max Papis won their first GT race of the season in the No 61 AIM Motorsport Ferrari 458, beating John Edwards and Robin Liddell (No. 57 Chevrolet Camaro) to the brickyard finish line. Like Rojas and Pruett in DP, Edwards and Liddell won their class in the NAEC by finishing second.

Sylvain Tremblay and Tom Long (No. 70 Mazda 6) won their fifth consecutive GX race in front of NAEC winner Jim Norman (No. 38 Porsche Cayman).

Photo: Grand-Am.com


Race results – Brickyard Grand Prix (Indianapolis Motor Speedway)
1 - Dalziel-Popow (Riley-Ford) - Starworks - 107 laps
2 - Pruett-Rojas (Riley-BMW) - Ganassi - 107
3 - Fogarty-Gurney (Corvette DP/Riley) - Stallings - 107
4 - Hartley-Mayer-Kaffer (Riley-BMW) - Starworks - 107
5 - Barrichello-Peterson (Riley/Dallara-Ford) - Doran - 107
6 - Taylor-Westbrook (Corvette DP) - SpiritOfDaytona - 107
7 - Negri-Pew (Riley-Ford) - Shank - 107
8 - Potolicchio-Valiante-Sarrazin (Corvette DP/Coyote) - 8Star - 107
9 - Hand-Kanaan (Riley-BMW) - Ganassi - 106
10 - Allmendinger-Yacaman (Riley-Ford) - Shank - 106
11 - Di Guida-Bourdais (Corvette DP/Coyote) - 8Star - 106
12 - Cameron-Nonnamaker (Riley-BMW) - Sahlen - 106
13 - Nonnamaker-Nonnamaker (Riley-BMW) - Sahlen - 103
14 - Papis-Segal (Ferrari 458) - AIM - 103
15 - Edwards-Liddell (Chevy Camaro) - Stevenson - 103
16 - Lally-Potter (Porsche 997) - Magnus - 103
17 - Assentato-Lazzaro (Ferrari 458) - AIM - 103
18 - Balzan-Keen (Ferrari 458) - Scuderia Corsa - 103
19 - Randall-Wilden (Ferrari 458) - Scuderia Corsa - 103
20 - Davis-Snow (Porsche 997) - Snow - 102
21 - Curran-Said (Corvette Z06) - Marsh - 102
22 - Carter-Espenlaub-Sandberg (Audi R8) - Fall-Line - 102
23 - Hart-McCutchen (Porsche 997) - ParkPlace - 101
24 - Barbosa-Fittipaldi (Corvette DP/Coyote) - ActionEx - 101
25 - Angelelli-Taylor (Corvette DP/Dallara) - Taylor - 97
26 - Long-Tremblay (Mazda6) - Speedsource - 96
27 - Lindsey-Long (Porsche 997) - Park Place - 95
28 - Pumpelly-Norman (Porsche Cayman) - BGB - 92
29 - Miller-Nunez (Mazda 6) - Speedsource - 92
30 - Frisselle-Frisselle (Corvette DP/Coyote) - ActionEx - 81
31 - Auberlen-Della Lana (BMW M3) - Turner - 75
32 - Grant-Grant-Grant (BMW M3) - Turner - 64
33 - Albuquerque/Mortara (Audi R8) - Audi - 40
34 - Costabal-Faulkner-Salazar (Porsche 997) - Muehlner - 23
35 - Kauffman-Aguas (Ferrari 458) - AF Corse - 21

DP championship
1. Popow-Dalziel 229; 2. Fogarty-Gurney 219; 3. Taylor-Angelelli 210.

GT championship
1. Potter-Lally 229; 2. Liddel-Edwards 225; 3. Balzan 219.