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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Local man racing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans

  • Matt Downs, a 1991 Butterfield-Odin High School graduate and currently an optometrist in Mankato drove in the world famous 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car race this weekend.
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  • Matt Downs, a 1991 Butterfield-Odin High School graduate and currently an optometrist in Mankato drove in the world famous 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car race this weekend.      
        Downs drove as part of the Boutsen Ginion Racing team.  Boutsen Ginion is out of Belgium and has been involved in endurance motorsport racing for more than 12 years.
        Downs shared the wheel with drivers, Thomas Dagoneau or Bastien Brière, and with Rodin Younessi, who is also from the United States.
        On the Boutsen Ginion website Downs says, “I'm thrilled to compete the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Boutsen-Ginion Racing.  
        “I am very grateful to Butterfield Farms for this opportunity and excited to work with such a first-class team.  
        “The 24 Hours of LeMans deserves respect as the premier endurance event in the world and I am honored to be a small part of it.”
        The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world’s oldest active sports car race in endurance racing. It was first held in 1923 and is run near the town of Le Mans, France.
        The race was this weekend, June 22-23.

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