CHAMPCAR/CART: Bourdais wins fan award

Champ Car titlist Sebastien Bourdais Wins Fan Voting For SPEED Channel Driver of the Year INDIANAPOLIS (January 25, 2005) -- Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford champion Sebastien Bourdais is the people's choice for...

Champ Car titlist Sebastien Bourdais Wins Fan Voting For SPEED Channel Driver of the Year

INDIANAPOLIS (January 25, 2005) -- Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford champion Sebastien Bourdais is the people's choice for SPEED Channel's Driver of the Year, having gathered more than 37 percent of the voting for the honor, besting drivers from NASCAR, NHRA and the IRL.

Bourdais, who won seven races and eight poles en route to his first Champ Car World Series title, fell short of taking the overall Driver-of-the-Year title however, as the fan voting counted as just one of 19 votes in the balloting. The honor, which was announced on SPEED Channel Monday night, went to NHRA Pro Stock champion Greg Anderson.

Fans rewarded the Frenchman and his Newman/Haas Racing team for a stellar Champ Car season which saw the sophomore driver qualify in the top three for each of the year's 14 races. He set a series record by leading laps in nine consecutive events and went on to score 10 podium finishes. Bourdais' titlewinning campaign also saw him boost his career totals to 10 wins, 13 poles, and 17 podiums in only two years of competition in the Champ Car World Series.

The Driver of the Year title was decided amongst a panel of 18 leading journalists and broadcasters from across the United States plus the fan vote on SPEEDTV.com. Each quarter of the year, a similar voting process took place to pick the Driver of the Quarter. The fans also picked Bourdais as the top driver in third-quarter balloting as he finished second in the overall vote during the third and fourth quarters in 2004.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Anderson , Sébastien Bourdais