CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES CHAMPION SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS LEADS TRIO OF CHAMP CAR STARS NOMINATED FOR AARWBA ALL-AMERICA HONORS INDIANAPOLIS (November 26, 2006) -- Having scored an elusive three-peat in 2006 by winning the Bridgestone Presents The...
CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES CHAMPION SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS LEADS TRIO OF CHAMP CAR STARS NOMINATED FOR AARWBA ALL-AMERICA HONORS
INDIANAPOLIS (November 26, 2006) -- Having scored an elusive three-peat in 2006 by winning the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford title for the third consecutive time, Sebastien Bourdais (#1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) found himself in position for another triple when the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) All-American nominations were announced over the holiday weekend.
The Frenchman, who has been named as a first-team AARWBA All-American for each of the past two seasons, headed a trio of Champ Car drivers nominated for All-American honors in the Open Wheel category. Bourdais, who won seven races on his way to the championship this year, was joined on the ballot by series runner-up Justin Wilson (#9 CDW Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) and five-time Champ Car racewinner A.J. Allmendinger.
The AARWBA organization, whose 300-plus members have honored the top drivers of the year since 1970, will award first-team All-American status to the two top vote getters in each of seven categories with the next two drivers in the voting being named to the second team. Any driver that receives five percent of the vote from the membership will earn honorable mention status. In addition, the driver that receives the highest number of votes regardless of category wins the Jerry Titus Award, signifying the Driver of the Year as chosen by AARWBA.
Bourdais led the series in wins, poles, laps led and fastest laps this year on his way to the championship and also ended the season on top of the SPEED Driver Rankings, which rates drivers from Champ Car, NASCAR, Formula 1 and the IRL. Wilson is seeking his first AARWBA award after finishing second to Bourdais in this year's point standings while Allmendinger was named as a first-team All-American in 2003 after winning the Champ Car Atlantic title.
The voting wraps up on December 3, with the All-Americans to be announced in the following days. The Titus Award winner will be announced at the AARWBA Awards Banquet, which will be held January 13 in Indianapolis.