2005 Champ Car Champion Sebastien Bourdais highlights SPEED Channel's driver of the year voting In 2005 Sebastien Bourdais has added several awards and accolades to his impressive resume including a second Vanderbilt cup, a third ...
2005 Champ Car Champion Sebastien Bourdais highlights SPEED Channel's driver of the year voting
In 2005 Sebastien Bourdais has added several awards and accolades to his impressive resume including a second Vanderbilt cup, a third Bridgestone Passion for Excellence Award, a Bridgestone Pole Award and he also helped France win its first Nation's Cup in the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. Now, Bourdais has a chance to add another award to that list having been nominated for SPEED Channel's Driver of the Year.
Bourdais is very familiar with being a candidate for this prestigious award, having been nominated in all four quarters of 2005 season. Last season he was nominated three out of four quarters and lay claim the title of people's champion in the SPEED Channel Driver of the Year standings, capturing top honors in the fans' vote.
During the 2005 Champ Car season Bourdais led the series in wins, poles and laps completed recording six wins and five poles on his way to the title. More important to his championship hopes was the fact he scored nine consecutive top-five finishes and completed more than 99 percent of the scheduled race laps last year. Bourdais became the seventh driver in the last forty years of Champ Car World Series racing to record back-to-back championships. Even more impressive he is only the third driver to accomplish this feat in his second and third years of competition, joining the ranks of Champ Car Champions Mario Andretti and Alex Zanardi. In 2005 Bourdais also became the first Champ Car driver in eight years (Al Unser Jr., 1997) to win a race in International Race of Champions (IROC) competition when he took the checkered flag in Texas.
Bourdais will be dueling for the Driver of the Year honor with fellow champions Tony Stewart (NASCAR), Dan Wheldon (IRL), Steve Kinser (World of Outlaws), Greg Anderson (NHRA) and Tony Schumacher (NHRA).
In its 39th year, the Driver of the Year Award will be determined by an independent vote of an 18-member panel of blue ribbon auto racing journalists and broadcasters. Drivers' achievements are evaluated using the following criteria: Track Performance, Sportsmanship, Humanitarianism, and Fan Recognition.
Race fans can also let their opinion count in on the award as a fan poll will decide 19th vote. Fans can vote for the award by log going on to www.speedtv.com and clicking on the Driver of the Year logo. Voting will continue through February 11th and the victor will be announced on Wednesday, February 15th at 8:00pm ET.