CHAMPCAR/CART: Bourdais takes lead in SPEED driver rankings

CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES POINTS LEADER SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS ASSUMES THE LEAD FOR THE THIRD TIME IN THE SPEED CHANNEL DRIVER RANKINGS INDIANAPOLIS (September 7, 2006) -- Two-time defending Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by...

CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES POINTS LEADER SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS ASSUMES THE LEAD FOR THE THIRD TIME IN THE SPEED CHANNEL DRIVER RANKINGS

INDIANAPOLIS (September 7, 2006) -- Two-time defending Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford champion Sebastien Bourdais (#1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) put a wide gap between himself and his pursuers two weeks ago in Montreal, roaring to a win that gave him a 62-point lead in the championship with just three races to run.

But not only did Bourdais' victory push him to a comfortable margin over his Champ Car battlemates, it promoted him to the top of the SPEED Driver Rankings for the third time this season. The Montreal win, which was the sixth of the season for the two-time champ, helped build a lead of nearly one-and-a-half points over Formula 1 superstars Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso in the rankings system that rates drivers from all around the world including Champ Car, NASCAR, Formula 1 and the Indy Racing League.

Bourdais' rating of 8.917 in the latest rankings puts him well ahead of Schumacher (7.650) and Alonso (7.573) and has him nearly three full points ahead of any other driver from a U.S.-based open-wheel racing series.

The ratings system was developed by STATS Inc. and done in conjunction with the motorsports cable network. Current year results, last 10 races, last five races and last race are factored in equally, with an adjustment factor to compensate for the series different scoring systems. In addition, a competition difficulty factor has been included to balance the competitive depth of each series.

Bourdais will look to increase his lead in the SPEED rankings, and more importantly look to clinch a third consecutive Champ Car title, as the Champ Cars head to Road America September 22-24 for the 12th race of the 2006 season. The race will be shown live on SPEED Sunday, September 24 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. For more information, go to www.champcar.ws. For the full SPEED Driver Rankings, go to www.speedtv.com.

-credit: ccws

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Fernando Alonso