SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS WINS SECOND QUARTERLY VOTING FOR DRIVER OF THE YEAR AWARD Sebastien Bourdais' on-track domination, of the Champ Car Series, was matched by the voting for Second Quarter DRIVER OF THE YEAR. No other driver,...
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS WINS SECOND QUARTERLY VOTING FOR DRIVER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Sebastien Bourdais' on-track domination, of the Champ Car Series, was matched by the voting for Second Quarter DRIVER OF THE YEAR.
No other driver, at the premier levels of United States motorsports, had a winning percentage of 75 per cent in this period. The driver of the McDonald's Lola Ford-Cosworth had three wins, in four races, and, also took two poles.
In the voting, by an elite panel of print and broadcast journalists, the 27-year-old French-born driver, who resides in Tampa, Florida, was not seriously challenged. The only thing that slowed him, slightly, was that his bid for five-straight victories, this year, was cut short with a third place at Portland, Oregon earlier this month. That made him four-for- four podiums during the quarter.
Recalling that the last time a Champ Car driver was so honored was in 2003, Bourdais reacted with "what a great surprise to win this Quarter! It has been a while since a Champ Car driver won this honor and my first time and I'm very happy to represent the series in this competition.
The two-time series champion, at the team co-owned by Academy Award wining actor, Paul Newman, and Carl Haas, added "this honor is a testament to fruits of very hard work by the McDonald's team and I can't thank them enough. Especially for all of the hard work Newman/Haas Racing did this winter to achieve an incredible start to the season"
Bourdais, affectionately called "SeaBass" took 11 out of the 16 first place votes - that were cast - and totaled 115 points.
"I hope we can wrap up a few more quarter wins to get the overall award at the end of the year," he added.
The voting could be considered an upset as Indy 500 winner, Sam Hornish, Jr., ended up second in voting with two first-place votes and totaled 66 points. It was a record 14th win at the Brickyard by his Team Penske Racing. Although Hornish won from the pole that was his only victory in the quarter.
NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne's two Nextel Cup victories earned him three first-place votes and totaled 65 points for third.
A total of 17 drivers scored points in the second quarter voting.
In its' 40th year DRIVER OF THE YEAR is unique because it is the oldest award that encompasses all of the racing series in the United States. A panel of 17 leading journalists and broadcasters from across the U.S. determine the winner. In quarterly voting, points are awarded on a declining 9,6,4,3,2,1 basis. A separate one-driver vote will determine the 2006 DRIVER OF THE YEAR.
Bourdais will receive a trophy and a Maurice Lacroix, wristwatch. The trophy presentation is scheduled for Saturday, July 8th at the Molson Grand Prix of Toronto, Cananda.
President of the Speed Channel DRIVER OF THE YEAR Foundation is Barry Schmoyer, businessman and sportsman of Sarasota, Florida.