CHAMPCAR/CART: Bourdais leads SPEED Driver Rankings

CHAMP CAR POINTS LEADER SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS RACES BACK TO THE TOP OF THIS WEEK'S SPEED DRIVER RANKINGS INDIANAPOLIS (August 9, 2006) -- Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford points leader Sebastien Bourdais ( ...

CHAMP CAR POINTS LEADER SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS RACES BACK TO THE TOP OF THIS WEEK'S SPEED DRIVER RANKINGS

INDIANAPOLIS (August 9, 2006) -- Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford points leader Sebastien Bourdais (#1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) has made a number of passes on-track this year, but made his latest on a Wednesday afternoon where nobody turned a wheel.

Bourdais moved to the top of this week's SPEED Driver Rankings for the second time this season, taking the top spot from seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher. Bourdais leads the Champ Car World Series standings by 31 points with five races remaining on the schedule, continuing to build his lead two weeks ago with a win at the Canary Foundation Grand Prix of San Jose.

The two-time defending series champion holds a narrow lead over NASCAR points leader Jimmie Johnson in the ratings system 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.

Justin Wilson (#9 CDW Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) is the next-highest open-wheel driver in the SPEED rankings, holding down the sixth spot. A.J. Allmendinger (#7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone), who already has three race wins this season, is 11th one spot behind Schumacher.

Bourdais will look to solidify his perch above the rankings with this weekend's Grand Prix of Denver Sponsored by Bridgestone, taking place on the streets of the Colorado capital Friday through Sunday, August 11-13.

-credit: ccws

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Justin Wilson , Jimmie Johnson , Sébastien Bourdais , A.J. Allmendinger