July 21, 2014  |   By Verizon IndyCar Series

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.