SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Starworks Motorsport and Alex Popow are undefeated at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
In their first race since switching to the new 4.5-liter BMW powerplant, Popow and co-driver Ryan Dalziel co-drove the No. 2 Soloson BMW/Riley to victory in Friday’s Brickyard Grand Prix. It was the second consecutive Indy win for Starworks and Popow, who won last year’s inaugural Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race at the Brickyard alongside Sebastien Bourdais.
Dalziel led twice for a total of 12 laps around the 2.534-mile speedway road course. He beat Scott Pruett to the yard of bricks by 3.438 seconds to secure the victory. The victory also moved Dalziel and Popow into the lead in the Daytona Prototype point standings by 10 over Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty, 229-219, with four races remaining in the Rolex Series season.
“I wasn’t sure if I should have kissed the bricks or kissed the guys on the crew first,” Dalziel said. “We got our new BMW engine only a week ago. We felt we had a pretty special car this year. We were missing just that little bit, and now we have it with the engine.”
Pruett finished second in the No. 01 Telcel/TELMEX BMW/Riley to give Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates the $100,000 prize in the North American Endurance Championship presented by VISITFLORIDA.com. Pruett and co-driver Memo Rojas also won the NAEC drivers title for the series that also included the Rolex 24 At Daytona – which the teammates won – and the Sahlen’s Six Hours of Watkins Glen.