Sebastien Bourdais capped off the 2007 season with victories at Surfers Paradise, Australia, and Mexico City, securing his fourth consecutive Champ Car World Series title for Newman/Haas Racing along the way. It’s been seven long, winless years for the French driver, but the old championship mojo was back in Bourdais’ saddle this morning in Toronto, and Bourdais’ masterclass in race craft paid off with a picture-perfect win.
With today’s win in Toronto, Bourdais ends a 54-race winless streak, becomes the 2nd driver to win from pole in 2014, and climbs to 8th place in the list of all-time winningest open-wheel drivers ahead of Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti. “He dominated from start to finish and we’re very proud of him,” said Bourdais’ co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven as Sebastien hugged his children – neither of whom were yet born the last time he stood on the top step of the podium. “He’s had some unlucky breaks but showed today what a strong driver he is.”
“It’s really sweet. We had to fight and wait for it for a long time but today was just kind of one of these days when the stars align,” said Bourdais. “It’s great to get this win.”
Bourdais’ win today was just the start of the IndyCar action in Toronto, however. After yesterday’s ludicrous display, IndyCar officials had a stroke of fantastic, beautiful lunacy that will pit IndyCar’s drivers against each other again later today, making it two Toronto street-course races in one incredible day of racing!
#2INTO is the official hashtag, but you won’t need that. The second half of IndyCar’s #2INTO Sunday starts at 4PM (EST), and will air live on CNBC. The drivers will start from grid positions that reflect their standings in the points, however, so Bourdais will have to put in some slick moves if he hopes to make it a double. Until then, you can entertain yourself with Race 1’s unofficial results, below. Enjoy!
|7||Mikhail Aleshin (R)||Honda||11|
|98||Jack Hawksworth (R)||Honda||13|
|18||Carlos Huertas (R)||Honda||14|
|34||Carlos Munoz (R)||Honda||17|
|2||Juan Pablo Montoya||Chevy||18|
|16||Luca Filippi (R)||Honda||22|