CHAMPCAR/CART: Edmonton: This Week in Ford Racing

This Week in Ford Racing July 12, 2005 Champ Car World Series Sebastien Bourdais, driver of the No. 1 McDonald's-Newman Haas Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola, had a busy weekend in Toronto. Bourdais edged Canadian favorite Paul Tracy for the pole...

This Week in Ford Racing
July 12, 2005

Champ Car World Series

Sebastien Bourdais, driver of the No. 1 McDonald's-Newman Haas Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola, had a busy weekend in Toronto. Bourdais edged Canadian favorite Paul Tracy for the pole and then survived contact with Tracy to finish fifth. As the Champ Car Series moves on, Bourdais comments on his focus heading into the inaugural race in Edmonton.

Sebastien Bourdais - No. 1 McDonald's-Newman Haas Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola - You've conquered so many of the regular courses in the Champ Car schedule. How will you approach the new track in Edmonton?

"There are a lot of things to learn, both for the driver but also for the team. We really don't have a lot of time to figure it out, so it will be quite a big rush. Strategically, we will need to really be up on our game so we make the right decisions at the right time. I am quite excited. With the help of my Formula 2000 experience and the practice sessions, I think we will achieve quite a bit. I believe I have all the cards in my hand to get the job done. Hopefully, we'll end up in front."

Approximately how many laps do you feel it will take to get a true understanding of the new track in Edmonton?

"I think to really comprehend a race track, especially this one with about 11 corners, I think it will probably take me about 20 laps to really completely know what I am doing out there."

What set-up will your team use to start?

"It's always a tough decision. I know they repaved most of the race track, but they are using some of the asphalt section, too. Transitions will be pretty rough. So right now, our set-up is a mix of Cleveland and Portland. We are definitely going to be bright-eyed the first time out."

After the Molson Indy Toronto, race winner Justin Wilson stated the level of competition within the Champ Car Series allows for the bar to continually be raised. What are your thoughts on his statement?

"I think everybody is just pushing everybody. On the street course, it's a mind game. You go out there, set up a line and everybody goes after it. So, the more you push, the bigger the chances you have to take out there. There is a limit. We are pushing the limit quite far these days because everyone has about the same stuff and ends up with the same set-up come the start of the race. Each track is a big, big challenge for each and everyone of us."

Are there any racing legends that you admire?

"I've had only one idol, Ayrton Senna."

With your success on the track, have you had a chance to share your expertise with the younger generation?

"I don't make it home too often, but at the Champ Car races, when young drivers come up to me and ask them for my advice, I try to help them. It's always bizarre to be taken as an example. Not so long ago I was one of those boys."

Any tracks that you forsee will create a challenge to you this season?

"I am looking forward to Edmonton and Korea. My biggest challenge is: Every time you come back to a place where you've been successful, everyone is working really hard and giving you a heck of a run to stay in front. I pretty much tackle each track at the same level. Denver is a place where I want to try and do well again, but we will see what happens."

-ford racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Paul Tracy , Ayrton Senna , Sébastien Bourdais