CHAMPCAR/CART: Houston: Bridgestone race report

Bourdais Drives to Victory in Champ Car's Return to Houston Reigning series champion Sebastien Bourdais made it two-for-two in 2006, driving a steady race and avoiding mistakes to win tonight in Champ Car's return to Houston. The Newman/Haas ...

Bourdais Drives to Victory in Champ Car's Return to Houston

Reigning series champion Sebastien Bourdais made it two-for-two in 2006, driving a steady race and avoiding mistakes to win tonight in Champ Car's return to Houston. The Newman/Haas Racing driver held off Forsythe Championship Racing teammates Paul Tracy and Mario Dominguez to collect the 18th victory of his four-season Champ Car career.

Bourdais, married a week ago in his hometown of Le Mans, France, showed a preference this weekend for the standard-specification Bridgestone Potenza race tires used, not the higher-grip Potenza alternate tires. Bourdais opted for the black-sidewalled standard Potenzas in two of three stints during the race, including the final run when he kept the charging Tracy and Dominguez at bay.

* From Sebastien Bourdais, McDonald's Ford/Lola/Bridgestone, on the performance of the Bridgestone tires: "Very good, I mean, I didn't see any tire wear myself. Great grip, great race, fantastic Bridgestone tires. They even made it through the donuts. It can't get any better than that!"

* Bridgestone Tire Performance Summary: Bridgestone Motorsport brought its newest version soft standard-spec street-course tire this weekend (used previously only at San Jose in 2005) and paired it with the softer-compound alternate tire used last month at Long Beach. The higher-grip compounds were necessary to negotiate the tight, bumpy circuit in Houston. Each car received seven sets of standard-spec and two sets of alternate-spec tires this weekend

* From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport: "Sebastien drove a nearly flawless race over a treacherous new circuit and added another race win to his growing career total. Tonight, he relied on the standard specification Bridgestone tires to do the most work for him, and the Potenzas responded as usual. While grip was difficult to maintain for all the drivers on the bumpy track, Sebastien kept it between the walls and also clocked the only race lap of more than 101 mph. We were pleased to see the return of night racing and the return of Champ Car to Houston. As expected, the new venue presented some challenges for everyone in the paddock, but overall we're impressed with the event and are eager to come back in 2007."

Race session temperatures ranged from 95 to 86 degrees track and from 85 to 77 degrees ambient (F).

Race session temperatures ranged from 35 to 30 degrees track and from 29 to 25 degrees ambient (C).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Mario Dominguez , Sébastien Bourdais