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Sebastien Bourdais

Full name
Sebastien Olivier Bourdais
Born
28th February 1979 (Age 41) - Le Mans, Pays de la Loire
Nationality
French
French
Years Raced
21
Recent Race
Starts
144 (3)
Wins
54
Poles
51
Podiums
90

The son of Le Mans regular Patrick Bourdais dominated the Champ Car World Series but was unable to repeat that success in Formula 1. Bespectacled and softly spoken, he may not look like a racing driver but Sébastien Bourdais was successful from the start of his single-seater career.

Successful early racing career 

His La Filière Martini MK79-Opel won eight times to clinch the 1999 French Formula 3 Championship in what was his second year in the category. He joined the Prost Junior Team for the following season’s Formula 3000 series – pole position and a second place finish at Magny-Cours was his best weekend. Victory followed at Silverstone in 2001 with DAMS as Bourdais finished fourth in the championship.

That was springboard to a title challenge with Super Nova in 2002. Six pole positions and three race victories appeared not enough but Tomáš Enge was stripped of victory in Hungary after failing a drugs test and Bourdais was declared champion in his place.

Dominant in Champ Cars 

With no route to F1, the Frenchman moved to Champ Cars and Newman-Haas Racing for the following season. Pole position for his first two races matched Nigel Mansell’s arrival in the series. Bourdais scored successive victories at Brands Hatch and Lausitzring and won again at Cleveland as he claimed 2003 Rookie of the Year honours.

Bourdais and his McDonald’s Lola-Ford was the combination to beat for the next four years. He was on pole and won half the races to clinch the 2004 title as he set about a period of rare Champ Car domination.

Formula 1 with Scuderia Toro Rosso 

While fame and some fortune was ensured in America, Bourdais still hankered after F1. He joined Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2008 and benefited from the team’s improving fortunes to lead the Japanese Grand Prix. He finished the race in sixth position only to be harshly penalised for a coming together with Felipe Massa’s Ferrari. He scored a couple of eighth place finishes at the start of 2009 but was dropped mid-season in favour of Jaime Alguersuari.

Sports car success and Indycar return 

A winner in Superleague Formula and a member of Peugeot’s sports car team, Bourdais finished second in the Le Mans 24 Hours of 2007, 2009 and 2011. That latter year also included sports car wins for Peugeot and a return to Indycars for nine races with Dale Coyne Racing – finishing sixth on four occasions.

Another partial campaign, now with Dragon Racing, in 2012 was initially hampered by uncompetitive Lotus engines but he finished fourth at Mid-Ohio having switched to Chevrolet power. Alongside his continuing Indycar career and occasional sports car outings, Bourdais travelled to Surfers Paradise to win V8 Supercar races in 2011 and 2012, sharing a Holden Commodore with Jamie Whincup on both occasions.

Race winning switch to KV Racing Technology 

Having finished 12th overall in the 2013 Indycar standings, Bourdais switched from Dragon to KV Racing Technology for the following season. Initially mired in the midfield during 2014, he qualified on pole position for Toronto’s first race and led to his first open wheel victory since 2007. A second season with KV included further winning Belle Isle’s wet second race and at Milwaukee as he finished 10th in the championship for a successive season. He also enjoyed sports car success at the time for Action Express Racing – winning the Daytona 24 Hours in 2014 and at Sebring a year later.

Return to Dale Coyne Racing 

He repeated that Detroit Indycar victory in 2016 but that was the highlight of a disappointing campaign with Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser’s team. Bourdais returned to Dale Coyne Racing in 2017 and came from 21st on the grid to win the opening race on the streets of St Petersburg. Second next time out in Long Beach maintained his early championship advantage but he broke his pelvis and right hip when he crashed during qualifying for the Indianapolis 500. He was fit enough to return for the last three races of the season.

Bourdais was on hand to win the St Petersburg Grand Prix for a second straight year in 2018 when Alexander Rossi crashed into Robert Wickens at the final restart. The Frenchman qualified on pole next time out at Phoenix and finished third on the championship’s return to Portland during a consistent campaign for Dale Coyne.

The highlight of Bourdais’ third season with Coyne came at Barber Motorsports Park in the spring, where he employed a two-stop strategy to finish third. That was the best of nine top ten finishes and the Frenchman claimed 11th in the final standings. However, a proposed sponsorship deal for 2020 fell through and Bourdais was released at the end of the season.

In sports cars, Bourdais finished the 2020 WeatherTech Sports Car Championship in fifth place for JDC Mustang-Sampling Racing.

Championship Seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points Results

2020

NTT IndyCar Series

AJ Foyt Enterprises

0

0

0

0

28

53

2019/20

World Endurance Championship

Risi Competizione

0

0

0

0

U

0

2019

NTT IndyCar Series

Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan

0

0

1

0

11

387

2018/19

World Endurance Championship

Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA

0

0

0

0

U

0

2018

Verizon Indycar Series

Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan

0

1

2

1

7

425

2017

Verizon Indycar Series

Dale Coyne Racing

0 (1)

0

2

1

21

214

2016

World Endurance Championship

Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA

0

0

0

0

U

0

2016

Verizon Indycar Series

KV Racing Technology

0

0

1

1

14

404

2015

Verizon Indycar Series

KV Racing Technology

0

0

2

2

10

406

2015

Tudor United Sportscar Championship

Action Express Racing

0

0

1

1

U

0

2014

Verizon Indycar Series

KV Racing Technology

0

2

2

1

10

461

2014

Tudor United Sportscar Championship

Action Express Racing

0

0

1

1

U

0

2013

IZOD Indycar Series

Dragon Racing

0

0

3

0

12

370

2012

World Endurance Championship

Pescarolo Team

0

0

0

0

86

0

2012

IZOD Indycar Series

Dragon Racing

0

0

0

0

25

173

2012

Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series

Starworks Motorsport

0

0

1

1

U

0

2011

Le Mans Series

Team Peugeot Total

0

2

2

2

U

0

2011

IZOD Indycar Series

Dale Coyne Racing

0 (1)

0

0

0

23

188

2011

Intercontinental Le Mans Cup

Team Peugeot Total

0

1

2

1

U

0

2010

Superleague Formula

Olympique Lyonnais

0

0

1

1

U

0

2010

Le Mans Series

Team Peugeot Total

0

1

1

1

21

18

2009

Superleague Formula

Sevilla

0

1

6

2

U

0

2009

F1 World Championship

Scuderia Toro Rosso

9

0

0

0

19

2

2008

F1 World Championship

Scuderia Toro Rosso

18

0

0

0

17

4

2007

Champ Car World Series

Newman-Haas-Lanigan Racing

14

6

9

8 - 58% win rate

1

364

2006

Champ Car World Series

Newman-Haas Racing

14

7

11

7 - 50% win rate

1

387

2005

IRL Indycar Series

Newman-Haas Racing

1

0

0

0

28

18

2005

Champ Car World Series

Newman-Haas Racing

13

5

7

6 - 47% win rate

1

348

2004

Bridgestone Champ Car World Series

Newman-Haas Racing

14

8

10

7 - 50% win rate

1

369

2003

Bridgestone Champ Car World Series

Newman-Haas Racing

18

5

7

3 - 17% win rate

4

159

2002

FIA World Sportscar Championship

Pescarolo Sport

2

1

2

2 - 100% win rate

U

0

2002

FIA International F3000 Championship

Super Nova Racing

12

6

8

3 - 25% win rate

1

56

2002

FIA GT Championship

Larbre Competition

1

0

1

1 - 100% win rate

14

20

2001

FIA International F3000 Championship

DAMS

12

1

3

1 - 9% win rate

4

26

2001

FIA GT Championship

Larbre Competition

1

0

1

0

17

12

2000

FIA International F3000 Championship

Gauloises Formula

9 (1)

1

1

0

9

9

1999

European F3 Cup

La Filiere

0

0

0

0

U

0

Non Championship Races

Title Date Circuit Laps Position

2010 Le Mans 24 Hours

12/06/2010

Le Mans

397

R

2009 Le Mans 24 Hours

13/06/2009

Le Mans

382

2

2007 Le Mans 24 Hours

16/06/2007

Le Mans

369

2

2004 Le Mans 24 Hours

12/06/2004

Le Mans

379

R

2002 Le Mans 24 Hours

15/06/2002

Le Mans

375

10

2001 Le Mans 24 Hours

16/06/2001

Le Mans

321

13

2000 Le Mans 24 Hours

17/06/2000

Le Mans

368

4

1999 Le Mans 24 Hours

12/06/1999

Le Mans

366

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