Scuderia Toro Rosso
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Formula One
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Sebastian Vettel
(Auto racing)
Pedro Lamy
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IndyCar Series
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V8 engine

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Sébastien Bourdais

Knowledge Identifier: +Sebastien_Bourdais


Sebastien Bourdais

French professional racing driver add

Category: Auto racing

Born in 1979.

Countries: United States (20%), France (15%), Germany (12%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Scuderia Toro Rosso, Peugeot, Formula One

Linked to: Ford Motor Company, Chevrolet, Haymarket Group, Ferrari




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Sebastien Bourdais was born in 1979 add something


During the early 1990s, he competed in a variety of karting championships, winning the Maine Bretagne League in 1991 and the Cadet France championship in 1993 add something


Dallara - From on Dallara would dominate the Formula 3 market, although Martini had some success in France and Germany in the late 1990s, including Sébastien Bourdais winning the French title in 1999


Bourdais was part of the winning Sologne Karting team which won the 1996 24-hour Le Mans kart race at the Circuit Alain Prost on a Merlin chassis with Atomic motors add something


In 1998, he won five races to become Rookie of the Year in French F3 add something


Bourdais has frequently contested the famous 24-hour race of his home town, entering for the first time in 1999 in a Porsche 911 GT2 run by Larbre Compétition add something


He won the series outright in 1999, with eight wins and three poles add something


He returned in 2000, finishing fourth with Emmanuel Clérico and Olivier Grouillard for the Pescarolo team behind the three dominant Audis add something


He shared a Courage C60 with Jean-Christophe Boullion and Laurent Rédon in 2001 but it retired after 271 laps add something


He changed teams again for 2002, taking his Super Nova Racing car to three victories and seven pole positions add something


He won the Spa 24 Hours in 2002 with Christophe Bouchut, David Terrien and Vincent Vosse in a Larbre Compétition Chrysler Viper GTS-R add something


He missed the 2003 race and returned in 2004, only for the car he shared with Nicolas Minassian and Emmanuel Collard to retire after 282 laps add something


He is one of the most successful drivers in the history of the Champ Car World Series, having won four successive championships from 2004 to 2007 add something


Staying with Newman-Haas for 2004, Bourdais dominated the Champ Car series with seven wins and eight poles in his McDonald's-sponsored Lola, beating his team mate Junqueira by 28 points add something


Bourdais made his IRL debut at the 2005 Indianapolis 500 add something


Bourdais successfully defended his Champ Car title in 2005 with five wins in six races towards the end of the season, again with the Newman-Haas/Lanigan team add something


In 2005 he competed in the International Race of Champions, winning his first stock car race at Texas Motor Speedway add something


Bourdais won a third consecutive Champ Car title in 2006 add something


Bourdais returned to F1 in 2007 after being given several tests with Scuderia Toro Rosso add something


Bourdais won a fourth consecutive Champ Car title in 2007 with victory at Lexmark Indy 300 on 21 October add something


Bourdais' next assault on Le Mans would come at the wheel of a factory-backed Peugeot 908 HDi FAP in 2007 add something


On 10 August 2007 it was announced Bourdais would replace Vitantonio Liuzzi at Red Bull's b-team, Toro Rosso, as team-mate to Sebastian Vettel add something


Yvan Muller - He represented France in the 2007 Race of Champions, alongside Sébastien Bourdais


Jimmie Johnson - In the 2007 event Johnson was eliminated before the quarter-finals by F1 driver Sébastien Bourdais of France


Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel replaced Speed in the middle of the 2007 season, and Sébastien Bourdais replaced Liuzzi at STR for the 2008 Formula One season


Peugeot 908 HDi FAP - On January 10, 2007 at the 908's first public test at the Paul Ricard HTTT, Peugeot confirmed that the drivers of the 908 would be Stéphane Sarrazin, Nicolas Minassian, Marc Gené, and Pedro Lamy for the Le Mans Series, while Jacques Villeneuve and Sébastien Bourdais would be added for the 24 Hours of Le Mans


He drove in Formula One for the Toro Rosso team during the 2008, and start of 2009 season, but was unable to translate his past successes to that competition add something


On 16 March 2008 Bourdais competed in his first Formula One Championship race, the 2008 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne add something


Dario Franchitti - He is the second driver in IndyCar Series history to take four titles in four consecutive series of racing, after Sébastien Bourdais, after accounting for his 2008 absence from the series


Scuderia Toro Rosso - Scuderia Toro Rosso's drivers for 2008 were Sebastian Vettel and Sébastien Bourdais


Formula One - Since its inaugural season in 2008, Superleague Formula has attracted such ex-Formula One drivers as Sébastien Bourdais, Antônio Pizzonia and Giorgio Pantano


Scuderia Toro Rosso - The team's set 2008 driver lineup was Sebastian Vettel, third driver for BMW Sauber in 2006 before switching to a race seat at Toro Rosso midway through the 2007 season, and Sébastien Bourdais, the four-time winner of the Champ Car World Series


Bourdais won again at the next round, winning race 1 of the 2009 Monza round add something


He won on his debut weekend at the 2009 Estoril round in the Super Final add something


In 2009, he set the official lap record at Sebring International Raceway, during the 12 Hours of Sebring add something


In his second Le Mans as part of the & Peugeot factory team, in 2009, he finished in second place, one lap behind the winning Peugeot add something


On 6 February 2009 however he was confirmed as a Toro Rosso driver for a second year, partnering Swiss rookie Sébastien Buemi add something


On 16 July 2009, Toro Rosso announced that Bourdais would no longer be driving for the team add something


Scuderia Toro Rosso - On 16 July 2009, the team announced that Sébastien Bourdais' contract was to be terminated with immediate effect due to disappointing results


Bourdais was to drive the pole-winning No. 3 Peugeot in 2010, but a suspension failure halted co-driver Pedro Lamy before Bourdais could turn one lap in the race add something


He returned for the 2010 season racing for Olympique Lyonnais add something


In 2010, Bourdais raced with Scott Tucker, Christophe Bouchut, Emmanuel Collard and Sascha Maassen for Crown Royal in a Level 5 Motorsports prepared Daytona Prototype in the prestigious Rolex 24 at Daytona, held at Daytona International Speedway in Florida add something


In October 2010, Bourdais drove with Jonathon Webb in the Mother Racing Ford Falcon $V8 (V8_engine) Supercar in the Gold Coast 600 add something


Simon Pagenaud - Pagenaud earned a seat driving for the 2010 factory French & Peugeot team in the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans on the renown Circuit de la Sarthe in the Peugeot FAP 908 No. 3 with Pedro Lamy and Sébastien Bourdais


Wheldon had been set to contest the event but lost his life in the 2011 IndyCar season finale just a week earlier add something


In October 2011, Bourdais drove with Jamie Whincup in the Team Vodafone Holden Commodore $V8 (V8_engine) Supercar in the Gold Coast 600 add something


In July 2012, Bourdais won the inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix Rolex Sports Car Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, teaming with Alex Popow in the No. 2 Starworks Motorsport Riley-Ford Daytona Prototype add something


Katherine Legge - In January 2012, Legge signed with Dragon Racing in the IndyCar Series, alongside Frenchman Sébastien Bourdais


By 2014, Bourdais broke through for two pole positions, and one victory add something


He won the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2014 in the Action Express Corvette DP with João Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi add something


Christian Fittipaldi - He won the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2014 in the Action Express Corvette DP with João Barbosa and Sebastien_Bourdais (Sébastien_Bourdais)


Circle K - In 2014 it switched to KVSH Racing driver Sébastien Bourdais


By midpoint in the 2015 season, his second year driving for Jimmy Vasser's KV Racing team alongside teammate Stefano Coletti, Bourdais's stock steadily rose, to top 20 status in the world drivers' ranking add something


In 2015 he finished second at the 24 Hours of Daytona and claimed the win at the 12 Hours of Sebring, both with an Action Express Corvette DP. add something


On 31 May 2015, in the second heat race at Belle Isle, Detroit, in a drive from far back on the grid harkening back to Stefan Bellof at Monaco in 1984, effortlessly carving his way by lesser drivers on a tight, composite street circuit, in heavy rain, breaking through with an impressive, high profile victory and fastest race lap, Bourdais recorded his 33rd victory in American Championship car racing, just behind Al Unser, Jr. with 34 add something


In October 2016, it was announced that Bourdais would make the change to Dale Coyne racing to drive the number 19 for the 2017 season add something


In his first race back to DCR, Bourdais won the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg to start the 2017 season coming from last after a qualifying crash, on 12 March 2017 add something


On 20 May 2017, Bourdais was involved in a single-car accident while qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 add something


Esteban Gutierrez - On 1 June 2017, it was announced that Gutiérrez would be joining the IndyCar Series for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear Corporation, standing in for the injured Sébastien Bourdais at Dale Coyne Racing


In 2018, Bourdais returned to the Dale Coyne Racing Team now partnered with investors Mike Sullivan and former driver Jimmy Vasser, who was his former owner with KV Racing add something


Robert Wickens - He would go on to claim pole position in his debut qualifying session on March 10, 2018, for the 2018 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, but whilst leading the race with 2 laps left, Alexander Rossi made a move for the lead and a racing incident ensued, taking Robert Wickens out of the lead, which led to Sébastien Bourdais winning the race