CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Bridgestone race report

Vive Le Champion! Bourdais Wins His Way to Title Repeat All Sebastien Bourdais needed do was take the green flag today to clinch his second consecutive crown in Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. But the talented ...

Vive Le Champion! Bourdais Wins His Way to Title Repeat

All Sebastien Bourdais needed do was take the green flag today to clinch his second consecutive crown in Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. But the talented Frenchman refused to take the easy route and drove to victory lane to emphatically wrap up the championship. He becomes the fifth driver in series history to win back-to-back titles.

Bourdais took first place on the 19th lap and led to the checkered flag to collect his sixth victory this season and lock up the championship with a race still remaining. The Newman/Haas Racing driver now has 16 career Champ Car wins (all on Bridgestone tires) in just 44 starts, as he passed Alex Zanardi for 16th place on the all-time series victories list. Just as he was grateful for the contribution Bridgestone's tires made to his 2004 championship, Bourdais was equally thankful again today.

"I really wanted to clinch the championship with a win, and win it in style," Bourdais said. "Bridgestone has been a big part of these championships. The tires are very consistent, very reliable. They retain their optimum performance still, even with many laps on them, and they are a very important safety tool for us. I have a great relationship with the Bridgestone people and can't wait to start the 2006 season with them again."

So reliable were the Bridgestone tires today that Team Australia's Alex Tagliani ran half the race on a single set of Potenzas, without issue. "I'm very happy with Bridgestone," Tagliani said. "The car performed well today and it's because the tires were working so well. I was able to do a stint and a half on a set and they did well for me."

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "Our congratulations go to Sebastien and the Newman/Haas team for once again showing just how incredibly talented they all are. It's difficult enough to win one championship, much less two in a row, so we applaud their effort. Bridgestone brought a new tire to Australia this year and it performed quite well. The tires were so consistent and lasted so long that Sebastien ran the race's fastest lap on a set with some 50 miles on them, and that lap was a full half-second quicker than the pole-winning time Saturday. Alex Tagliani put more than 80 miles on his final set of Potenzas and he was still able to push hard to take fourth place. All in all, it was another memorable weekend in Surfers Paradise."

Race temperatures ranged from 111 to 125 degrees track and from 84 to 90 degrees ambient (F).

Race temperatures ranged from 44 to 52 degrees track and from 29 to 32 degrees ambient (C).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Alex Zanardi , Sébastien Bourdais