CHAMPCAR/CART: Bourdais nominated for Driver of the Quarter

Series Points Leader Sebastien Bourdais Nominated For SPEED Channel Driver of the Quarter INDIANAPOLIS (September 3, 2004) -- Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford points leader Sebastien Bourdais ( ...

Series Points Leader Sebastien Bourdais Nominated For SPEED Channel Driver of the Quarter

INDIANAPOLIS (September 3, 2004) -- Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford points leader Sebastien Bourdais (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) has shown himself to be one of the best young drivers not only in Champ Car, but in all forms of racing through the first half of the season, and has been recognized for his efforts by being nominated for the SPEED Channel Driver of the Quarter Award.

The series points leader is one of eight drivers nominated for the award, which can be voted on by fans by visiting www.speedtv.com and following the Driver of the Quarter links. Bourdais' nomination is for the third quarter of the year and comes after the Frenchman has used five wins and six poles to build a 34-point lead in the Champ Car World Series standings after 10 races.

Bourdais has qualified his Newman/Haas Racing machine third or better in each of the year's 10 Champ Car races, paces the series in laps led with 342 as well as in poles, wins and earnings. He has led laps in each of the last seven races, a feat not accomplished since Cristiano da Matta led nine consecutive races in his titlewinning season of 2002. That season also saw Da Matta win the prestigious Driver of the Year Award, given by SPEED Channel and the Legends Marketing Group.

The Driver of the Quarter winners will be entered into another round of voting at the end of the year where 18 esteemed motorsports journalists decide on the 2004 honoree. Fans will also have the opportunity to vote on the year-end winner, with their tally being added as a 19th vote in the process.

Bourdais is joined as a third-quarter nominee by Trans-Am ace and Champ Car color commentator Tommy Kendall, NHRA Pro Stock driver Greg Anderson, NASCAR Nextel Cup leaders Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR Craftsman Truck driver Carl Edwards, World of Outlaws legend Steve Kinser and Dan Wheldon from the Indy Racing League.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Greg Anderson , Jimmie Johnson , Dan Wheldon , Sébastien Bourdais , Steve Kinser , Carl Edwards , Cristiano da Matta , Tommy Kendall