CHAMPCAR/CART: Bourdais nominated for 2004 award

2004 Champion Bourdais Nominated for National Speed Sport News Economaki Champion of Champions Award INDIANAPOLIS (December 8, 2004) -- 2004 Champ Car World Series champion Sebastien Bourdais has been getting a lot of recognition lately for...

2004 Champion Bourdais Nominated for National Speed Sport News Economaki Champion of Champions Award

INDIANAPOLIS (December 8, 2004) -- 2004 Champ Car World Series champion Sebastien Bourdais has been getting a lot of recognition lately for his outstanding racing season and has been privileged to become one of the ten finalist chosen for National Speed Sport News' Economaki Champion of Champions Award presented by Rockett Brand Racing Fuel.

From this group of champions, a winner will be selected based on overall racing ability, sportsmanship and command of the sport -- both on and off the track. The award presentation will take place during the 17th annual Performance Racing Industry trade show in Indianapolis tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. at the National Speed Sport News booth.

Bourdais earned his first Champ Car crown this year after a dominating season started in the top three at every race start this season aside from his eight poles, recorded seven wins, an overall of ten podium finishes out of the season's 14-race schedule.

Bourdais joins other fellow U.S.-based series champions Kurt Busch from NASCAR Nextel Cup, Martin Truex, Jr. of the NASCAR Busch Series, Bobby East from USAC midgets, NHRA Pro Stock's Greg Anderson. NHRA Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher, Steve Kinser of the World of Outlaws, World of Outlaws Late Models' Scott Bloomquist, Tony Kanaan from the Indy Racing League, and Sprint Car driver Fred Rahmer on the ballot.

The Economaki Champion of Champions Award is named in honor of Chris Economaki, the world's best-known reporter of the auto racing scene and legendary motorsports broadcaster. He served as a publisher of the National Speed Sport News for more than 50 years and does occasional hosting for ESPN, SPEED Channel and other TV networks.

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