News & Multimedia

Bourdais Wins First Race of Toronto Doubleheader

“It's been quite a journey, but that's the career of a race car driver,” said Sebastien Bourdais following his victory in Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto.

It was his 32nd career Indy car win – and the first since Nov. 11, 2007, at Mexico City – breaking a tie with Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy for eighth all time. The four-time Champ Car champion’s first victory came at Brands Hatch on May 5, 2003.

Victory on the Toronto street circuit on July 11, 2004, was No. 7. Next on the career list is Scott Dixon, who is the active leader with 33 wins.

“It's definitely one of the tracks where I've been the most consistent since my return to IndyCar (in 2011),” he said. “It was one of the very hardest races I had in '03.  I just couldn't get comfortable with the car, didn't figure out the whole thing with the (racing surface) patches and stuff, and then I came back in '04 after looking at a bunch of video and camera data and stuff and I figured something out, and I got to point out what was the track, what was the car, and where you had to focus on to make the car good and quick around the track.

“It’s definitely a place that I've been putting up good, very strong performances and to be back on the top step in the way we have done it pretty much like the good 'ole days it's very special.”

In ’07, Bourdais won the Champ Car World Series title for the fourth consecutive year in a Newman/Haas Racing car. He claimed eight wins in 14 starts, including the final two of the season at Surfers Paradise, Australia, and Mexico City.

“All of us at Newman/Haas probably realized how special this time was when it was behind us, and it's always like that,” he said. “When you reflect on everything that happened, it was very, very, very extraordinary. And now, to be able to do it with the density of the field in the way we have done it today is very special and shows that I still got it.”

Tracy won his first race on April 18, 1993, at Long Beach and his 31st on June 24, 2007, at Cleveland. Franchitti’s last victory was his third Indianapolis 500 on May 27, 2012, and his first was on Aug. 16, 1998, at Road America.

Franchitti won three times at Exhibition Place in Toronto, and Tracy won twice in his homeland.
 

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
Bourdais Wins First Race of Toronto Doubleheader
 
Bourdais Wins First Race of Toronto Doubleheader
“It's been quite a journey, but that's the career of a race car driver,” said Sebastien Bourdais following his victory in Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto.
Read More
Related Media
The Rolling Stones
 
The Rolling Stones to Rock IMS July 4
The band has announced that they will kick off their new 15-city North American stadium, ZIP CODE tour, in San Diego on May 24 at Petco Park. The band will visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis on July 4.
Read More
Juan Pablo Montoya
 
Monday Racing Roundup: Montoya, Team Penske Make Opening Statement at St. Pete
Twenty-four hours before securing his 13th Indy car victory and first on a road/street course since Vancouver in his 1999 CART championship season, Juan Pablo Montoya was sizing up the Verizon IndyCar Series season.
Read More
Justin Wilson
 
Wilson Joins Andretti Autosport For Indianapolis 500 and Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis
Justin Wilson will make his 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series debut in an Andretti Autosport car in the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 9 and also compete in the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 24, the team announced.
Read More
Ryan Hunter-Reay
 
Verizon IndyCar Series Kicks Off This Weekend in St. Petersburg
It’s a dawn of a new era for the Verizon IndyCar Series this weekend as aero kits enter the sport’s lexicon. Years of work by IndyCar engine suppliers Chevrolet and Honda have resulted in new bodywork that not only provides different looks for fans to identify each brand, but has also raised the performance index of the 24 cars on the St. Petersburg grid.
Read More
Tamika Catchings
 
Indiana Fever Star Catchings Joins Contest Winners in Traditional Flag Placing Cermony at IMS
Three-time Olympic gold medalist and Indiana Fever standout basketball player Tamika Catchings and two local radio contest winners participated in the traditional placement of racing flags atop the famous Wing and Wheel logo located above the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Gate 1.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 221
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Laura Wyamn at (317) 492-8557 or email at lwyman@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
Ladies and gentlemen, start your children at the IMS Easter egg hunt this Saturday! Details on The Blog: http://t.co/tbVt3ATZYp
about 6 hours ago