This Week in Ford Racing January 18, 2006 Champ Car World Series Sebatien Bourdais, the 2005 Champ Car World Series Champion, will team up with his father, Patrick, to run a Grand Am Cup Spec Ford Mustang FR500C in the Grand-Am Cup 200 at...
This Week in Ford Racing
January 18, 2006
Champ Car World Series
Sebatien Bourdais, the 2005 Champ Car World Series Champion, will team up with his father, Patrick, to run a Grand Am Cup Spec Ford Mustang FR500C in the Grand-Am Cup 200 at Daytona International Speedway. In addition to piloting a Champ Car, Bourdais has driven sports cars at LeMans, Daytona and Sebring. Bourdais talks about the influence of his father and the upcoming race at Daytona.
Sebastien Bourdais -- Ford Racing FR500C - Is this the first time that you have teamed with your father for a race? "We did a vintage race in a Cobra Daytona a couple of years ago. It's not the first time, but we have not been able to do it very many times."
He was the one that got you started in racing; he bought you your first kart. "I had been questioning him a long time about racing. He agreed to buy me a go-kart. That was when I was about ten years old, I guess the best way to describe it is that he was the one that really got me involved in racing. He was a racer himself. I pretty much grew up at the race track. That was the main reason why I wanted to drive because when you're a kid you see things that you want to try for yourself. That's pretty much how everything started."
What series did he race in? "He raced many things. He raced Renault Cup, then Super 5, then Clio Cup. He ran Peugeot Cup and won a European Championship in Renault Clio Cup. He has run a lot of different series. He has run at Le Mans seven or eight times now. He has done his share."
You drove last year in the Rolex 24 in the prototype class. will any of that experience come in to play for the Grand-Am Cup race? "Anything helps with not being able to test the car before the race. My dad does not know the track or the car. He is not racing that much any more other than at LeMans. His job has been taking up a lot of his time. It's not an easy deal. I will probably try and qualify the car and try to let him drive as much as he can. He is going the need some seat time. He should do well."
The mustang FR500C is as close to a street legal race car as you can get. How is the transition from a GT car to a car like the Mustang? "My dad has been driving touring cars and GT cars. I've driven GT-2 Porches. I've driven the Viper twice. Last year I drove the Ferrari 550 Maranello at Sebring. I've driven a Porsche Carrera Cup car. That car is a close as it gets to the Mustang. So, while I am not real familiar with the Mustang I have driven similar cars. I should be okay. It shouldn't be that big of a deal."
Talk about the track at Daytona. Some people say because of the transitions onto the banking its one of the toughest tracks on the car. "I agree. I think the toughest part is the braking for turn one. It's going off the banking and braking into the corner that's difficult. The track is pretty slow really. Turn one is slow, all of the infield is slow. Then you have the chicane on the back straight and then you have the banking. It should not be too difficult. Once you get on the banking it's flat out. I think my dad has drivin on tracks that have been more intimidating.