Busy Bourdais Ready for IROC Round 2 at Texas INDIANAPOLIS (April 15, 2005) -- Sebastien Bourdais will once again represent the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford tonight in Round 2 of the International Race of ...
Busy Bourdais Ready for IROC Round 2 at Texas
INDIANAPOLIS (April 15, 2005) -- Sebastien Bourdais will once again represent the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford tonight in Round 2 of the International Race of Champions (IROC) at Texas Motor Speedway.
Bourdais, driver of the #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone in the Champ Car World Series will be capping off a whirlwind week of on-track activity. After winning the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, Bourdais flew to Texas Motor Speedway to test in his IROC car. Following the IROC test, the 26-year-old Frenchmen, flew to Portland to test his Champ Car on Tuesday and Wednesday. Bourdais returned to Texas for practice on Thursday, preparing for tonight's 67-lap event.
"It's quite different than what I've been doing over the last week, for sure," said the 2004 Vanderbilt Cup winner. "The IROC cars are about twice the weight, or more of my Champ Car. The suspension, the movement and the seating position are so different, but it has four-wheels and a steering wheel, which means I'm having a great time."
Bourdais' debut in IROC at Daytona International Speedway was going well after he drew the pole position for the event. After jockeying back and forth through the field, Bourdais was making a late-race charge to the top-five before he was caught up in an incident that relegated him to a 12th place finish. For the second consecutive event Bourdais will start from the pole as the starting lineup for the tonight's event will be set by inverting the finishing order from Daytona. It is also the second time that Bourdais will be racing at a circuit he has never raced on before.
"This is my first time here at Texas," said Bourdais. "For me it's a bit like a mini-Daytona, it's quite fun and a pretty smooth race track. It's going to be quite a challenge to work with two grooves. We did that a little, some side-by-side racing with Buddy (Rice) and it was enjoyable."
Tonight's race will air on SPEED tonight at 8:00 ET