CHAMPCAR/CART: Las Vegas: Bridgestone race report

Bourdais Wins Tire-to-Tire Duel with Teammate Junqueira Sebastien Bourdais and Bruno Junqueira, teammates at Newman/Haas Racing, battled wheel-to-wheel the better part of the last 20 laps tonight, and neither gave an inch. Each relied on the ...

Bourdais Wins Tire-to-Tire Duel with Teammate Junqueira

Sebastien Bourdais and Bruno Junqueira, teammates at Newman/Haas Racing, battled wheel-to-wheel the better part of the last 20 laps tonight, and neither gave an inch. Each relied on the great grip of his Bridgestone Potenza race tires to maintain control at speeds of 200-plus mph while a mere inches from each other's car.

In the end, Bourdais edged Junqueira across the finish line to win the Bridgestone 400, the first Champ Car World Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, by 0.066 of a second. It is the sixth victory of the season for the French phenom and moves him closer to collecting the Vanderbilt Cup awarded to the season champion.

Still trying to catch his breath in victory lane, Bourdais was quick to credit the renowned steadiness of the Bridgestone tires for his electrifying victory. "There was great consistency with the Bridgestone tires," Bourdais said. "We were lapping exactly the same lap time from lap one to lap 37 (the maximum number of laps by rule a car could run consecutively before pitting for new tires). It was terribly difficult because we were a bit down on top speed to Bruno, but the tires made my car stick to the inside at the end and we won it."

Quote from Joe Barbieri, Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport: "There was a great crowd tonight and the fans certainly got their money's worth with a terribly exciting finish. Bridgestone is proud to have sponsored such a thrilling race. Sebastien and Bruno put on a heart-stopping show those final laps and raced each other close but clean the entire way. Both knew they could count on their Bridgestone tires to allow them to race side-by-side for such a long time at full throttle, and the Potenzas delivered their trademark consistent performance to the very end. Congratulations to Newman/Haas Racing for the 1-2 finish and to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for putting on such a fine event. We hope we can do it again here next year."

Race temperatures ranged from 80 to 74 degrees track and from 80 to 74 degrees ambient (F).

Race temperatures ranged from 27 to 23 degrees track and from 27 to 23 degrees ambient (C).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Sébastien Bourdais