Bourdais Nominated for Speed Channel Driver of the Quarter The Bridgestone Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford defending Champion Sebastien Bourdais ( ...
Bourdais Nominated for Speed Channel Driver of the Quarter
The Bridgestone Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford defending Champion Sebastien Bourdais (#1 McDonalds Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) has quite a record going in 2005, placing in the top-five in nine out of ten races while taking home four victories and now he is looking to take home a different award, this time off the track.
The Frenchman was recognized over the weekend for his strong run of recent performances as the Newman/Haas driver was nominated for SPEED Channel's Driver of the Quarter award for the third quarter of the 2005 racing season.
Bourdais is very familiar with being put on this impressive list, having been nominated 3 out of 4 quarters in 2004 voting and 2 out of 3 quarters thus far in 2005. He was also the people's choice in 2004 SPEED Channel's Driver of the year standings, capturing the fans vote.
Bourdais started his campaign to defend his 2004 championship title in impressive style capturing a victory in the season opener in Long Beach. Only five days later the 2004 Champ Car Champion was in Texas showcasing his talent in the International Race of Champions (IROC). After an outstanding performance where Bourdais led virtually from flag to flag in his second stock car style start, he became the first Champ Car driver in 8 years (Al Unser Jr. 1997) to win an IROC event. Since then Sebastien has been on a tear capturing three consecutive victories in Edmonton, San Jose and Denver. He has also recorded three pole positions in the last five Champ Car events. Currently Bourdais leads the Champ Car World Series points standings going into the IROC event this weekend.
This quarter Bourdais will be dueling for the honor with Tony Stewart (NASCAR), Tony Kanaan (IRL), Martin Truex Jr. (NASCAR), Dennis Setzer (NCTS), Steve Kinser (World of Outlaws), Eric Medlin (NHRA) and Ryan Newman (NASCAR).
In its 39th year, the Driver of the Year Award will be determined by an independent vote of an 18-member panel of blue ribbon auto racing journalists and broadcasters. Drivers' achievements are evaluated using the following criteria: Track Performance, Sportsmanship, Humanitarianism, and Fan Recognition.
There is also a 19th vote that will be counted in the balloting, the fans. To have your voice heard log on to www.speedtv.com and vote for 2004 Champ Car World Series Champion Sebastien Bourdais. The winner will be announced exclusively on Speed Channel Saturday, September 17 at 7:00pm ET, so esteemed panelists and fans alike place your votes.