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Bourdais wins an elusive 24-hour race; adds to IndyCar driver tally

Jan 26, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT

Christian Fittipaldi, Joao Barbosa, Sebastien Bourdais AP

File this one in the long overdue department, but Sebastien Bourdais has a 24-hour race victory at long last.

The Frenchman has famously come close but no cigar at his home race at Le Mans, and now has his first win in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in five attempts.

“I’ve been chasing Le Mans… so I came here,” Bourdais joked in the post-race press conference.

But he was more reflective in victory lane.

“It’s just as big as it gets, you know,” he said after his drive with Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP. “It’s one of those historic races that you just want to put on your resume. It’s done today, and it was done fighting hard for it, and it really feels good for the entire Team Chevy and everybody because we went and grabbed this one.”

Bourdais also makes it four straight years that a current IndyCar driver has been part of the winning lineup at the Rolex 24.

Graham Rahal (2011), Justin Wilson (2012) and Charlie Kimball (2013) have been part of the lineup the last three years.

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