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IndyCar’s Ganassi, Bourdais, Bell claim class wins at Le Mans

Le Mans 24 Hour Race - Qualifying

LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: The Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT of Sebastian Bourdais, Joey Hand and Dirk Muller drives during qualifying for the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit de la Sarthe on June 16, 2016 in Le Mans, France. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)

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Chip Ganassi Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais and Scuderia Corsa’s Townsend Bell - Bell is also an NBCSN IndyCar analyst - have won their respective classes (GTE-Pro and GTE-Am) at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which had a crazy finish for the overall win.

This makes it two of the four IndyCar drivers who competed at the 100th Indianapolis 500 entered at Le Mans who’ve won the race, as well as the Ganassi team, in its maiden bow at Le Mans with the new Ford GTs.

Bourdais co-drove with Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller, and has claimed an emotional first win in his hometown of Le Mans.

“This is right up there with all of them. The race I always want to win is the next one. This will go in the books though,” team principal Chip Ganassi told Radio Le Mans’ Shea Adam.

Additionally, Scott Dixon has finished third in GTE-Pro in his Ford, a separate car he co-drove with Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe.

That could have become a higher position if Risi Competizione was assessed a later post-race penalty after being ordered to pit from second place in class owing to a leader light issue. But it did not appear to be the case.

Meanwhile, Bell and co-drivers Bill Sweedler and Jeff Segal have gone two better in the No. 62 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari F458 Italia than they did last year, when they came third as Le Mans rookies for Giacomo Mattioli’s Los Angeles-based squad.

“Amazing. What a terrific race, my teammates, and this guy... it’s amazing,” Townsend Bell told Justin Bell of FOX Sports. “The car was a rocketship out there. Not only did we win, we won with a margin.”

Sweedler added to Justin Bell, “The only way this would have been better if my teammate would have won the Indianapolis 500.”

There’s a lot of team and congratulatory tweets out there. Here’s a small sampling:

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