Bourdais heading back to where winning began
After scoring his 27th Champ Car World Series victory in Edmonton, Canada, last weekend, Sebastien Bourdais has his sights set on heading back to Europe where his winning ways all began.
The then rookie scored his first Champ Car victory the last time the series visited Europe back in 2003.
Bourdais won at Brands Hatch and Lausitz that year and backed that up with another victory at Cleveland. Pictured right on podium at Brands Hatch in 2003
He has come a long way since making his Champ Car debut from pole position at St Petersburg – landing in the US from Europe as the reigning Formula 3000 champion.
"I did not know what to expect when I first came to the US, all I knew is I was getting into the reigning championship-winning team and that I was going to have to perform if I wanted to stay," Bourdais said.
The Frenchman has not only earned his spot, but secured a place in Champ Car history as the first driver to earn three consecutive championships.
Born in Le Mans, it was no surprise that he followed in the footsteps of his racing driver father. Now based in Florida with his wife and young daughter, Bourdais is eagerly awaiting the chance to race closer to home.
"The best part of living in America is we have a great place in Florida and the weather is fantastic, living on the water has been really nice and I had never had the opportunity to do that before," Bourdais said.
"The quality of life has been really great. The one thing that we miss obviously is friends and family. The location we are at is awesome. Generally in the US the people are really friendly, real easy to approach. So that was a big help."
For 2007, Bourdais has taken family life on the road with his wife Claire and daughter Emma staying at the track aboard a large motor home.
"We’ve had the motor home this year, it’s been very enjoyable actually to be able to stay at the track and not worry about checking in, checking out, going back to the hotel, taking a car." the Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing star said.
"It’s good to just be there on site and enjoy my time with Emma and Claire." Champ Car