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July 15, 2013 | By Austin Knoblauch
  You know what they say about second place -- you're the first loser -- and Sebastien Bourdais had to be feeling like someone was playing a prank on him after he finished second in Saturday's IndyCar Series race in Toronto. While standing on the podium next to race winner Scott Dixon, Bourdais was handed the second-place finisher's trophy, only to see it fall apart moments later. After watching the glass bowl bounce off the podium, a bewildered Bourdais can only look around like a deer caught in the headlights with its pants down.  The best part is when third-place finisher Dario Franchitti gestures as if to say, "keep up the fight, lad. " Bourdais then awkwardly holds up the base of his trophy to the adulation of the crowd.
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July 15, 2013 | By Austin Knoblauch
  You know what they say about second place -- you're the first loser -- and Sebastien Bourdais had to be feeling like someone was playing a prank on him after he finished second in Saturday's IndyCar Series race in Toronto. While standing on the podium next to race winner Scott Dixon, Bourdais was handed the second-place finisher's trophy, only to see it fall apart moments later. After watching the glass bowl bounce off the podium, a bewildered Bourdais can only look around like a deer caught in the headlights with its pants down.  The best part is when third-place finisher Dario Franchitti gestures as if to say, "keep up the fight, lad. " Bourdais then awkwardly holds up the base of his trophy to the adulation of the crowd.
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April 15, 2007 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
His name might sound like a publicist's bad joke, but there's nothing funny about how quickly Will Power is proving he belongs in the big leagues of open-wheel auto racing. After being named rookie of the year in the Champ Car World Series in 2006, Power, 26, started this season by winning the series' opening race on the streets of Las Vegas a week ago. It was his first Champ Car victory and the first series win by an Australian. Power, who drives the No.
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August 23, 2008 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
SONOMA, Calif. -- Several IndyCar Series drivers hope their trip to California wine country this weekend will improve seasons that have trailed their expectations. They include two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves, who has been consistently strong but is still looking for his first win of 2008; Marco Andretti, in a two-year winless drought, and several former Champ Car World Series drivers who have struggled after migrating to the IndyCar Series this season. The Champ Car drivers, in particular, are looking to rebound Sunday at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma County because it's being held at Infineon Raceway, a curvy road course that was typical of the layouts used on the Champ Car circuit.
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November 12, 2007 | From the Associated Press
MEXICO CITY -- Sebastien Bourdais went out a winner as well as a champion in his final Champ Car race, overcoming a penalty and a lead-trimming yellow flag to win the Mexican Grand Prix. Bourdais, 28, held off pole-sitter Will Power for his 31st victory -- tied with Al Unser Jr. and Paul Tracy for sixth in series history. And the Frenchman did it in only 73 starts over five years.
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May 22, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Sebastien Bourdais is still the only driver to win during this Champ Car season. The 27-year-old Frenchman is three for three after overcoming a slow early pit stop Sunday to edge Justin Wilson by 3.065 seconds in Mexico's Grand Prix of Monterrey. Bourdais and Wilson went at each other all afternoon during a virtually crash-free race despite slippery conditions on the asphalt. The 2.
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October 24, 2006 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
Only hours after Sebastien Bourdais won his third consecutive Champ Car World Series title, the question that keeps dogging him resurfaced: What's his next challenge? For now, it's winning the series' final race of the season Nov. 12 in Mexico City, Bourdais said Monday, a day after clinching the championship at Surfers Paradise, Australia.
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April 11, 2005 | Shav Glick, Times Staff Writer
For more than 20 years, Paul Newman and Carl Haas have been trying to win the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Mario Andretti won for them in 1984, but since then Newman-Haas has brought Michael Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Christian Fittipaldi, Paul Tracy and Cristiano da Matta to the beach in hopes of returning to the winner's circle. During that period, Michael Andretti, Mansell and Da Matta won series championships, but victory in front of the Queen Mary eluded them.
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June 16, 2006 | JIM PELTZ
Since winning Champ Car World Series titles in 2004 and 2005, Sebastien Bourdais has so dominated the series again this year that he's now effectively restructuring the circuit. Bourdais has won all four of the series' races in 2006 for Newman-Haas Racing, starting with the season-opening Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in April. And his rivals' growing frustration with trying to catch the 27-year-old Frenchman has prompted two teams to change drivers. A.J. Allmendinger, 24, of Hollister, Calif.
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August 23, 2008 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
SONOMA, Calif. -- Several IndyCar Series drivers hope their trip to California wine country this weekend will improve seasons that have trailed their expectations. They include two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves, who has been consistently strong but is still looking for his first win of 2008; Marco Andretti, in a two-year winless drought, and several former Champ Car World Series drivers who have struggled after migrating to the IndyCar Series this season. The Champ Car drivers, in particular, are looking to rebound Sunday at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma County because it's being held at Infineon Raceway, a curvy road course that was typical of the layouts used on the Champ Car circuit.
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November 12, 2007 | From the Associated Press
MEXICO CITY -- Sebastien Bourdais went out a winner as well as a champion in his final Champ Car race, overcoming a penalty and a lead-trimming yellow flag to win the Mexican Grand Prix. Bourdais, 28, held off pole-sitter Will Power for his 31st victory -- tied with Al Unser Jr. and Paul Tracy for sixth in series history. And the Frenchman did it in only 73 starts over five years.
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April 15, 2007 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
His name might sound like a publicist's bad joke, but there's nothing funny about how quickly Will Power is proving he belongs in the big leagues of open-wheel auto racing. After being named rookie of the year in the Champ Car World Series in 2006, Power, 26, started this season by winning the series' opening race on the streets of Las Vegas a week ago. It was his first Champ Car victory and the first series win by an Australian. Power, who drives the No.
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October 24, 2006 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
Only hours after Sebastien Bourdais won his third consecutive Champ Car World Series title, the question that keeps dogging him resurfaced: What's his next challenge? For now, it's winning the series' final race of the season Nov. 12 in Mexico City, Bourdais said Monday, a day after clinching the championship at Surfers Paradise, Australia.
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June 16, 2006 | JIM PELTZ
Since winning Champ Car World Series titles in 2004 and 2005, Sebastien Bourdais has so dominated the series again this year that he's now effectively restructuring the circuit. Bourdais has won all four of the series' races in 2006 for Newman-Haas Racing, starting with the season-opening Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in April. And his rivals' growing frustration with trying to catch the 27-year-old Frenchman has prompted two teams to change drivers. A.J. Allmendinger, 24, of Hollister, Calif.
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May 22, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Sebastien Bourdais is still the only driver to win during this Champ Car season. The 27-year-old Frenchman is three for three after overcoming a slow early pit stop Sunday to edge Justin Wilson by 3.065 seconds in Mexico's Grand Prix of Monterrey. Bourdais and Wilson went at each other all afternoon during a virtually crash-free race despite slippery conditions on the asphalt. The 2.
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April 11, 2005 | J.A. Adande
My guy Sebastien Bourdais -- mon ami -- took the checkered flag at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday. Sportswriters aren't supposed to take a rooting interest, but I've never covered someone who had my life in his hands before. Twelve days before he won the Grand Prix, Bourdais took me and a few other journalists on the rides of our lives around the Long Beach course in a special two-seat car.
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April 11, 2005 | J.A. Adande
My guy Sebastien Bourdais -- mon ami -- took the checkered flag at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday. Sportswriters aren't supposed to take a rooting interest, but I've never covered someone who had my life in his hands before. Twelve days before he won the Grand Prix, Bourdais took me and a few other journalists on the rides of our lives around the Long Beach course in a special two-seat car.
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April 10, 2005 | Shav Glick, Times Staff Writer
After winning seven races and eight poles in 14 Champ Car starts, as Sebastien Bourdais did last year in winning the series championship, what does he do for an encore? "Win as many as I can, that's all I can do," said the slender, bespectacled Frenchman from Le Mans who looks more like a young professor at the Sorbonne than a hard-nosed race car driver. "A perfect season would be impossible, but we'll try what we can do to win every one."
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April 11, 2005 | Shav Glick, Times Staff Writer
For more than 20 years, Paul Newman and Carl Haas have been trying to win the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Mario Andretti won for them in 1984, but since then Newman-Haas has brought Michael Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Christian Fittipaldi, Paul Tracy and Cristiano da Matta to the beach in hopes of returning to the winner's circle. During that period, Michael Andretti, Mansell and Da Matta won series championships, but victory in front of the Queen Mary eluded them.
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April 10, 2005 | Shav Glick, Times Staff Writer
After winning seven races and eight poles in 14 Champ Car starts, as Sebastien Bourdais did last year in winning the series championship, what does he do for an encore? "Win as many as I can, that's all I can do," said the slender, bespectacled Frenchman from Le Mans who looks more like a young professor at the Sorbonne than a hard-nosed race car driver. "A perfect season would be impossible, but we'll try what we can do to win every one."
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