CHAMPCAR/CART: San Jose: Bridgestone race report

Bourdais Victorious at San Jose Inaugural Bridgestone Pole Award winner Sebastien Bourdais earned his second consecutive victory, taking the checkered flag at the inaugural Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose. He relinquished his lead only ...

Bourdais Victorious at San Jose Inaugural

Bridgestone Pole Award winner Sebastien Bourdais earned his second consecutive victory, taking the checkered flag at the inaugural Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose. He relinquished his lead only through normal pit stop cycling, staying consistent despite hot and rough track conditions.

Bourdais won the race on a new Bridgestone Potenza street-course specification, run for the first time this weekend. The new spec performed well throughout the weekend despite the demanding race surface. Its consistency was enough to help carry Bourdais to victory circle for the third time this season.

"The tires were really, really consistent," said Bourdais. "At the end I was really able to put some very fast laps one after another. The tires were really good -- I just wanted to go out there and be consistent and fast and the Bridgestones let me do that."

Quote from Joe Barbieri, Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport: "Despite the hurdles that series and track officials had to get over earlier this weekend, this turned to be a great, really competitive race and a win all-around for Champ Car, as well as for the city and people of San Jose. It was a spectacular performance by Sebastien and his team. It's next to impossible to get around him when everything is working for them, and that's what we saw here today. Overall we're so pleased with how things went this weekend -- there are some lessons to be learned for next year, but that's normal for an inaugural event. I can certainly say that Bridgestone is looking forward to being back here next season."

Race session temperatures ranged from 130 to 135 degrees track and from 87 to 88 degrees ambient (F).
Race session temperatures ranged from 54 to 57 degrees track and from 30.5 to 31 degrees ambient (C).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sébastien Bourdais