CHAMPCAR/CART: Bourdais leads SPEED driver rankings 2006-11-15

CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES CHAMPION SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS RETURNS TO THE TOP OF SPEED CHANNEL DRIVER RANKINGS FOR THE FIFTH TIME INDIANAPOLIS (November 15, 2006) -- Three-time defending Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford ...

CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES CHAMPION SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS RETURNS TO THE TOP OF SPEED CHANNEL DRIVER RANKINGS FOR THE FIFTH TIME

INDIANAPOLIS (November 15, 2006) -- Three-time defending Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford champion Sebastien Bourdais (#1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) has done all he can do this year after a dramatic last-lap victory in Mexico City last weekend, and will now wait and see if it is enough to lead the final SPEED Driver Rankings.

Bourdais' thrilling win last week vaulted him back to the top of the SPEED rankings for the fifth time this season, having put together a strong late-season run that includes five podiums and three wins in the last seven events, each of which Bourdais has started from the front row. Bourdais reclaimed the lead in the world-wide ranking system, climbing ahead of NASCAR Nextel Cup points leader Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR Busch Series champ Kevin Harvick and the Indy Racing league's Dan Wheldon.

Bourdais has a score of 8.452 in the rating system, which was developed by STATS Inc. and done in conjunction with the motorsports cable network. Current year results, last 10 races, last five races and last race are factored in equally, with an adjustment factor to compensate for the series different scoring systems. In addition, a competition difficulty factor has been included to balance the competitive depth of each series. Johnson is second with a score of 8.089 with Harvick nearly a full point behind the Champ Car titlewinner with a score of 7.595. Both drivers have one more race left in their Nextel Cup seasons.

For more information, go to www.champcar.ws. For the full SPEED Driver Rankings, go to www.speedtv.com.

-credit: ccws

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Jimmie Johnson