CHAMPCAR/CART: Bourdais nominated for SPEED award

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS EARNS NOMINATION FOR INAUGURAL SPEED PERFORMER OF THE YEAR AWARD INDIANAPOLIS, IN (December 4, 2006) -- It may sound like something out of a storybook. A young driver from Le Mans, France leaves his homeland to race in the...

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS EARNS NOMINATION FOR INAUGURAL SPEED PERFORMER OF THE YEAR AWARD

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (December 4, 2006) -- It may sound like something out of a storybook. A young driver from Le Mans, France leaves his homeland to race in the "Land of Opportunity" and wins rookie-of-the-year honors his first year there, then goes on to take three consecutive championship titles, but for Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford Champion Sebastien Bourdais, the tale is a reality.

With another amazing chapter added to his story of triumph in the Champ Car World Series, Sebastien Bourdais has been nominated for the Inaugural SPEED Performer of the Year Award. The six nominees for the award were chosen by a panel of esteemed motorsports media including SPEED on-air personalities Bob Varsha, Dave Despain, Tommy Kendall, Ralph Sheheen and Dorsey Schroeder, along with SPEEDtv.com columnists Robin Miller and Tom Jensen.

During 2006 Bourdais not only tied Ted Horn's record of three consecutive Champ Car titles, but he also led the series in wins (7), poles (7), podium finishes (11), and laps led (522).The Frenchman showed early in the season that he would be the favorite for the title as he went out and captured four consecutive wins to start the season.

Other nominees for the award include: Fernando Alonso (Formula One), Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR), Nicky Hayden (MotoGP), Sam Hornish Jr. (IRL) and Tony Schumacher (NHRA). The winner will be announced as part of the one-hour SPEED Performance Awards television special presented by BF Goodrich, slated to air February 8, 2007 at 8:00 pm Eastern time.

The SPEED Performer of the Year will receive The Mario Andretti trophy, which was created by renowned sculptor Elie Hazak and was given to the top vote-getter for the Champ Car All-Star team from 1999-2001. The trophy depicts many of the highlights of Andretti's career including his 1967 Daytona 500 win, his 1978 F1 title and his four Champ Car titles.

In addition to the SPEED Performer of the Year, the February special also will feature the winners of nine fan-voted SPEED Performance Awards, which feature several unforgettable moments during the 2006 Champ Car campaign. Voting for these awards is open on SPEEDtv.com until Dec. 8.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Schumacher , Nicky Hayden , Fernando Alonso , Jimmie Johnson , Mario Andretti , Sébastien Bourdais , Dorsey Schroeder , Robin Miller , Sam Hornish Jr. , Tommy Kendall