Bourdais had already wrapped up his fourth consecutive championship in five years years in the series.
It might not be as competitive a championship as it was in the days of Emerson Fittipaldi and Nigel Mansell, but Bourdais has raced like a consummate professional. Next stop – Formula 1.
He held on to his title this year despite a raft of changes to the sport. A brand new car was introduced for the one-make series and rolling starts were replaced with F1-style standing starts. Nonetheless Bourdais, who drives for crack Champ Car outfit Newman-Haas, won eight times.
Today’s race showed off Bourdais’ skill and ability under pressure. With 11 minute to go the chasing Will Power had 40 seconds more of the precious ‘power to pass’ than Bourdais as they waited for a rolling restart. But Bourdais got away miles clear of Power and sprinted to the flag.
Note to his F1 rivals next year: he’s handy on restarts…
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