CHAMPCAR/CART: Bourdais interview pre-IROC Richmond

Q & A with McDonald's Champ Car driver Sebastien Bourdais Regarding Round 3 of 4 of the Crown Royal International Race of Champions at Richmond International Raceway -- Richmond, Virginia Thursday, September 8 Televised LIVE on Speed TV at 7 p.m.

Q & A with McDonald's Champ Car driver Sebastien Bourdais Regarding Round 3 of 4 of the Crown Royal International Race of Champions at Richmond International Raceway -- Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, September 8
Televised LIVE on Speed TV at 7 p.m. ET

(Currently ranked 2nd overall to Mark Martin who has 42 points to SB's 32)

WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING DURING THE BREAK BETWEEN NOW AND THE LAS VEGAS CHAMP CAR RACE (Sept. 24)?

"After hosting Wind Tunnel on September 4, I will go to Richmond to prepare for the IROC race. In the middle of preparing for that I will be leaving for a test in South Carolina and I'm going to miss some practice at Richmond but will return for the race on Thursday morning. After that we test in Elkhart Lake so we are keeping ourselves busy. For sure the break will be extremely short for us because we will be so busy. I would like to spend some time at my new home but it will have to wait until the end of the season."

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON RACING A STOCK CAR AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY?

"It's going to be extremely different, it's a 0x00be mile oval and I've never done that. Guys like Mark Martin and the rest are extremely experienced in that and I expect to have quite a hard time especially since I'm going to miss some practice during the week because we have a Champ Car test in the middle. I don't really know what to expect but I didn't know what to expect in Texas and won the race and we had a test in the middle of that week so we'll see where we end up. Hopefully we can repeat our win. We're second in the point standings and there's a million dollars up for grabs so we're going to go for it for sure."

WHAT IS YOUR IMPRESSION OF THE CROWN ROYAL IROC SERIES?

"It's really enjoyable; I've had a very good time. It's just extremely different from what I've ever done. It's really cool to be able to run close in a pack like that side-by-side with cars in front and behind and to understand the drafting. It's just a different experience and I like it so far."

WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE FOR YOU TO BE INVITED BACK?

"I don't know, I'm just trying to be nice so they will want me to be back. The schedules (between Champ Car and IROC) worked out okay for this year and that was a big help. The will invite the series champion and I hope to be that one for sure. Right now, all I'm thinking about in the Champ Car is to put the McDonald's car up front, win the championship and then see what we can do after that maybe in IROC and try and win the championship."

HOW IMPORTANT WAS YOUR WIN IN TEXAS TO OPEN WHEEL RACING IN GENERAL?

"It was great to win in Texas. It was myfirst win in stock car racing and I hada very small amount ofexperience. Starting back in the pack is a good thing;that means I am in contention for the Crown Royal IROC championship. I think it was important to show that open wheel racing guys could do it too. It's been a while since we won a race in front of these NASCAR people. It shows them that we exist too and we are definitely eager to get back to the top of the racing planet."

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Series IndyCar , IROC
Drivers Sébastien Bourdais , Mark Martin