Bourdais Finally Conquers 'The Mile' for 4th Consecutive Victory In his first three-plus seasons in Champ Car, Sebastien Bourdais had accomplished nearly everything -- except master the difficult Milwaukee Mile. The two-time reigning series ...
Bourdais Finally Conquers 'The Mile' for 4th Consecutive Victory
In his first three-plus seasons in Champ Car, Sebastien Bourdais had accomplished nearly everything -- except master the difficult Milwaukee Mile. The two-time reigning series champion from Newman/Haas Racing added that feather to his cap today. Bourdais overcame a punctured tire that put him a lap down early, but charged back to win by 3.6 seconds over RuSPORT's Justin Wilson.
The race saw more dicing and passing for position than any in recent memory at Milwaukee. Third-year Champ Car driver Nelson Philippe put on a sensational show, battling Bourdais, Wilson and others on numerous occasions before finishing a career-best third.
* From Sebastien Bourdais, McDonald's Ford/Lola/Bridgestone: "The car was awesome and the McDonald's team was really on top of its game. We had the flat right rear and they caught it or it could have been a big crash. I knew it was going to be a tough day from there but we still had the speed in the car and the Bridgestone tires were really consistent. I think it was more classic to come back and win it like that. We've been starving for a win here for four years. The Bridgestone tires were really good to us. We really found the sweet spot and we found different lines to make it work in traffic."
* From Nelson Philippe, CTE Racing-HVM Ford/Lola/Bridgestone: "It's definitely great to achieve the podium for the first time. It's a long time coming. I wanted it so bad. I knew I had a good car and there was some good dicing with Sebastien and Justin. It was a great race and a lot of fun. The Bridgestone tires felt awesome throughout the run. My car was set up well, too, so I never had a problem with the tires. They lasted well through the whole stint."
* Bridgestone Tire Performance Summary: Bridgestone Motorsport brought a new tire to Milwaukee this year, featuring updated constructions and compounds. As expected and displayed by the amount of passing and side-by-side racing today, the Potenza tires provided very consistent grip and durability. Each car received eight sets of tires (32 total) for the two-day race weekend, plus an additional four sets were available for Friday's open test day.
* From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport: "What an incredible race today, one of the best we've seen here in a number of years! The Bridgestone tires certainly played a key role, giving the drivers the assurance to race side-by-side and make bold overtaking maneuvers all day long. And they absolutely helped Sebastien bull his way from a lap down to win. He's an amazing talent on a very well-oiled team."
Race temperatures ranged from 108 to 121 degrees track and from 74 to 77 degrees ambient (F).
Race temperatures ranged from 42to 49 degrees track and from 23to 25 degrees ambient (C).