CHAMPCAR/CART: Edmonton countdown 2005-06-16

WEST EDMONTON MALL GRAND PRIX OF EDMONTON - ROUND 7 BRIDGESTONE PRESENTS THE CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES POWERED BY FORD Countdown to Race Day Third Generation Unser to Race in Edmonton! Al Unser III, son of legendary racer Al Unser Jr., ...

WEST EDMONTON MALL GRAND PRIX OF EDMONTON - ROUND 7 BRIDGESTONE PRESENTS THE CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES POWERED BY FORD

Countdown to Race Day

Third Generation Unser to Race in Edmonton! Al Unser III, son of legendary racer Al Unser Jr., and grandson of racing icon Al Unser, has announced that he is joining the Toyota Atlantic Championship for the remainder of the season. The announcement means that spectators at this year's West Edmonton Mall Grand Prix of Edmonton will have the chance to get an up-close look at the next generation of this racing family dynasty.

Unser, or "Just Al" as he's come to be known in the racing world, will join the Brooks squad beginning with Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2005 Toyota Atlantic Championship. Last season Unser made his Toyota Atlantic debut, running in four of the 12 events on the series calendar. He competed for P-1 Racing at Long Beach before joining the Brooks team for three consecutive events at Road America, Denver and Montreal. His top finish came in his final start of the season when he earned an eighth-place result at Montreal's Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve.

Adrenaline Rush!. While drivers at this year's West Edmonton Mall Grand Prix of Edmonton are sure to get their adrenaline rush at Finning International Speedway, fans of the inaugural event will have their chance to get their own motors running on Adrenaline Alley, a specially designated area of the Grand Prix grounds that features some of the hottest automotive and racing displays around.

Simply Exotics features a range of dream cars including the Murcielago Roadster and other fantastic Ferraris; The Pit Stop Paddock, where visitors get their chance to participate in a pit stop speed challenge; The Tuner Zone, a display of the hottest 'tuned' cars in town; Thunderhead Racing, a spectacular remote-control racing course; Hot Wheels & Rods, which shows off the coolest 'rods in town including legendary Shelby and Hemi muscle cars; and the Speedshop Alley, where visitors can learn everything there is to know about tuning every vehicle around!

DRIVER SPOTLIGHT! This week's featured Champ Car driver is Sebastien Bourdais

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS -- NEWMAN HAAS/RACING #1 McDonald's Newman/Haas Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola PERSONAL Hobbies include mountain biking, running, watching movies, swimming. Enjoys listening to music. Favorite bands are U2, Radiohead and Queen. Single.

YEAR IN CHAMP CAR -- 3rd
FIRST CHAMP CAR SEASON - 2003
CAREER WINS - 11
CAREER POLES -- 14
CAREER STARTS - 35
BIRTHDATE - February 28, 1979
BIRTHPLACE - Le Mans, France
RESIDENCE -- Tampa, Florida

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2004 - Bourdais made the move from series top rookie to series champion, winning seven races and becoming the first Champ Car driver since 1991 to win eight poles in a season. Won from pole five times. Led the series in wins, poles, laps led, earnings and qualifying average. Won four consecutive poles and set a new series record by starting in the top three in 15 straight events. Scored the sixth-closest victory in series history, beating Bruno Junqueira by 0.066 seconds in Las Vegas.

2003 - Joined Newman/Haas Racing. Claimed the pole for his very first race, (St. Petersburg) where he became the first rookie in series history to lead the first lap of his initial Champ Car start. Backed that up with another pole in the year's second event (Monterey) with a track-record performance, becoming the first rookie since Nigel Mansell in 1993 to win the pole for each of his first two series starts. Led 95 laps at Brands Hatch, including the final 33, to claim the first win of his career, and then followed that up with a victory at Lausitz. Won from pole in Champ Car's first-ever nighttime road-course event in Cleveland then followed with a rookie-record five consecutive top-five finishes. Clinched the series' Rookie-of-the-Year title with a runner-up finish in Mexico City. Posted the best qualifying average (3.67) of any driver in the series. Became the first rookie to win the Greg Moore Legacy Award, which honors the memory of the late Champ Car star.

2002 - Won the FIA International F3000 Championship winning races at Imola, Monaco and Nurburgring as well as seven pole positions while driving for Super Nova Racing

Early career -- Won Maine Bretagne League karting championship. Competed in French Formula Campus Championship, French Formula Renault, French Formula 3.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Bruno Junqueira , Nigel Mansell , Al Unser Sr. , Sébastien Bourdais , Greg Moore , Al Unser III