The #2 Starworks Motorsport BMW-Riley of venezuelan driver Alex Popow and Ryan Dalziel has won the 2013 Brickyard Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in spectacular fashion and for a second time by the team. It is the team’s fifth straight podium and the #2 car continues to lead the 2013 Rolex Sports Car Series team championship on 229 points (with a 10 points lead).
The race was the first one of the season in which Starworks counted on BMW power, replacing Ford engines for the rest of the season. The mechanics of the team had a lot of work in the last two weeks, changing the setups and installing the engines in the cars, so the victory tastes even sweeter for them.
For Popow, it is also a sweet triumph, because he wins for second year in a row in the Brickyard, having earned the win with Sebastien Bourdais last year. Popow has now won the two editions of the Brickyard GP, a race created by NASCAR and IMS to boost the weekend of the Brickyard 400. “It’s amazing, a real come back! We come back to Indy and I have my second victory and my second here! I want to thank BMW and Dinan who put us back on top; it’s been a crazy week and it feels very good. The whole team has worked very hard and I am very happy that it has paid off for them and for our championship fight going forward” said Popow.
Colombian driver Gustavo Yacamán will race in the Rolex Grand-Am Series in 2013. Yacamán will share a Ford Riley with brazilian Antonio Pizzonia for Michael Shank Racing. Pizzonia and Yacamán will drive the #6 entry in Grand-Am. This is a huge step for Yacamán’s career, after four seasons in Firestone Indy Lights. This wasn’t Yacamán’s original plan: He moves from Firestone Indy Lights to the sportcars series after he wasn’t able to reach the budget to race in a top IndyCar team. His good results in Grand-Am, where he got a podium finish in his first Rolex 24 Hours in Daytona, last season, and the good relationship with Michael Shank were key for this big step in young Gustavo’s career.
Colombian driver Gustavo Yacamán will start his 2013 season in racing by joining the N°06 team for Michael Shank Racing in the 24 Hours of Daytona. Since yesterday, friday January 4th, Yacamán is with his three teammates in the 06 car, experienced drivers Michael Valiante and Chris Cumming and venezuelan youngster Jorge “Pollito” Goncalvez, who shared the 06 car with Yacamán, brazilian Felipe Nasr and NASCAR veteran Michael McDowell in the last edition of the Rolex24.
“We’re talking about the second most important event of the world in terms of endurance racing. It’s a race in which we achieved a great result and we learned lots of secrets to be competitive for 24 hours last season.We’re going to work very hard in all aspects as a team. The synergy with Michael Shank Racing is total and all drivers have great relationship with each other and the team members. The idea is to be very strong this year. I’m already very familiar with the team’s new car, which was developed by Ozzi Negri and John Pew, during the previous season. We’re ready and we hope this is the start of a great year!” said Yacamán.
2012 was the best season ever for Yacamán in the United States. He finished third in the Firestone Indy Lights series with two wins (Toronto and Detroit) and got a podium in the24 Hours of Daytona with Michael Shank Racing.
Yacamán sponsors are Crepes & Waffles, Lubricantes Coexito, Bateria Mac, Biomax, Tuvacol, Protección, Siesa, Cementos Argos, EPSA, Cine Colombia, Gases de Occidente, Calida, World Games Cali 2013 y Café de Colombia.
Venezuelan driver Alex Popow returns this Friday at the wheel of the Ford Riley in the Daytona Prototype category of the Rolex Grand-Am Sport Car Series. Popow will start training in preparation for the 24 Hours of Daytona, trials that will last for three days. The 24 Hours of Daytona, also known as the Rolex 24 are set to be held in the famous tri-oval American in Daytona Beach, Florida on January, 26th.
Popow will be driving for Starworks Motorsports and will have IndyCar star Sebastien Bourdais and scots Ryan Dalziel and Allan McNish as teammates. It’s an stellar quartet for the most important race of the season for the Rolex Sports Car Series.
“In these early January tests in Daytona major teams do not really show their all their potential but they are used to work in the development of the cars. There have been some changes with the new Grand Am rules to balance the different brands and then have more competitive races” said Popow. It’s important to know that the change in the rules of the Series could affect Popow, because the Ford Riley dominated the Rolex 24 last year, taking the three steps of the podium.
“Last year at the 24 Hours of Daytona, I did not drive all that I would have wanted, but this year each of the four drivers of Starworks be distributed equitably shifts in Ford Riley “ concluded the Lechería, Venezuela born driver.
For the third consecutive time Alex Popow take part in the 24 Hours of Daytona, always in the Daytona Prototype division. Last season he grabbed a second place finish. Popow then went on to win the North American Endurance Championship (NAEC) 2012 given by Grand-Am to the driver who earned more points adding up the 24 Hours of Daytona, 6 Hours of Watkins Glen and the inaugural Rolex Grand-Am sports car race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Last season, Alex Popow also won the title in the LMPC category of the American Le Mans Series.
20 year old mexican Rodolfo “Rudy” Camarillo is set for an endurance racing debut at the Rolex 24 Hour race at Daytona International Speedway, Florida, at the end of the month of January. Camarillo, who raced in the Panam GP Series from Ferrari Driver Academy and in the Latam Challenge Series in 2012, will drive a Mazda RX-8 in the GT category at Daytona, with three other mexican young talents: Carlos Peralta from the NASCAR Toyota México Series, Ricardo Pérez de Lara, who raced at the Súper Copa Telcel SEAT León and young-gun Martín Fuentes, who did a few races with Camarillo both in the Panam GP Series and the Latam Challenge Series. The team behind these mexican racers will be Racers Edge Motorsports.
Camarillo finished third in the Latam Challenge Series standings behind champion Francisco Cerullo from Venezuela and André Solano. He was fourth in the Panam GP Series behind Sebastián Merchan from Ecuador, Cerullo and Gerardo “El Grillo” Nieto from México.
“This is a very important race that puts together drivers of very high reputation with young drivers like us, so we are going to deal with it with a lot of dedication and effort” said Camarillo.
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