CHAMPCAR/CART: 2005 Awards Banquet report

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS HEADS HARDWARE PARADE AS CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES CELEBRATES 2005 SEASON ACHIEVEMENTS MEXICO CITY (November 11, 2005) - As Newman/Haas Racing collected the lion's share of the points in the 2005 Bridgestone Presents The ...

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS HEADS HARDWARE PARADE AS CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES CELEBRATES 2005 SEASON ACHIEVEMENTS

MEXICO CITY (November 11, 2005) - As Newman/Haas Racing collected the lion's share of the points in the 2005 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford, so did the team's drivers Sebastien Bourdais (#1McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) and Oriol Servia (#2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) score the largest portion of the accolades at Sunday night's 2005 series awards banquet.

Bourdais celebrated his back-to-back Champ Car championships in grand fashion on Sunday evening, collecting not only a $500,000 check for winning the championship, he was named as the winner of the Bridgestone Passion For Excellence for the third consecutive season and also teamed with Nelson Philippe (#34 Wellbox Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) to claim the Nation's Cup title for France.

"It is hard to believe sometimes that after only three seasons, we have been able to accomplish everything that we have done with Newman/Haas Racing," Bourdais said. "But once you get around these guys, you see why they are so good. From Paul (Newman) and Carl (Haas), their passion just filters through the entire organization and everyone picks up on that and feeds on it. It is a pleasure to work with these guys every day."

The presenting sponsors of the series each made their own contributions to Bourdais' largesse on the evening. Bridgestone awarded its season-long Bridgestone Pole Award to Bourdais on the strength of his five poles. The $30,000 award also recognized Chief Mechanic Pedro Campuzano for his efforts on the #1 machine. The Ford Motor Company recognized Bourdais' championship by providing a Ford GT500 for Sebastien and his father to race in next year's Grand-Am Cup endurance event at Daytona. The prize was awarded by Ford Motor Company COO, Americas, Anne Stevens.

Newman and Haas earned their sixth Champ Car championship rings over the evening, and celebrated finishing 1-2 in the season standings for the second straight year. Servia not only picked up a $250,000 check for finishing a career-high second best in the standings, but was also named as the recipient of the Greg Moore Legacy Award, which honors the spirit of the late Canadian Champ Car star.

"The day we lost Greg was the day I clinched my Indy Lights championship, so it will always be a bittersweet day for me," Servia said. "I didn't know Greg that well but I have been able to become good friends with some of the guys that knew him and they have shared many of their thoughts with me. I am honored to be given this award."

Timo Glock (#8 DHL Global Mail Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) received the Jim Trueman Rookie-of-the-Year trophy as the Roshfrans Rookie-of-the-Year while Mi-Jack/Conquest's Philippe celebrated his career-high seventh-place finish in Sunday's race by being named as the Bosch Most Improved Driver of the Year. The award carried a $10,000 prize with it from the Robert Bosch Corporation.

Former series champion Paul Tracy (#3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) earned the inaugural Hole in the Wall Lap Leader award after pacing the series with 512 laps led this season. Tracy and the rest of the drivers in the field donated monies to the Hole in the Wall program for each lap led over the season, with Tracy awarding a check of more than $417,000 to Hole in the Wall Camps founder Paul Newman.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Paul Newman , Nelson Philippe , Timo Glock , Greg Moore