Bourdais wins for first time in four races
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Sebastien Bourdais won for the first time in four races and regained control of the Champ Car title chase, running away with Sunday's Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton.
The 28-year-old Frenchman, seeking an unprecedented fourth straight series title, had failed to finish two of the last three races and found himself trailing rookie Robert Doornbos and second-year driver Will Power in the points standings heading into the eighth of 16 races this season.
But Bourdais got back on track Sunday, winning on Edmonton's City Centre Airport circuit for the second time in three tries.
"It's a great win, a great team effort," Bourdais said. "It was not automatic, but we got it."
He beat 2006 Edmonton winner Justin Wilson to the finish line by 3.947 seconds -- about half the final straightaway. Rookies Graham Rahal, Bourdais' Newman/Haas/Lanigan teammate, and Simon Pagenaud were third and fourth, with Canadian favorite and 2003 series champion Paul Tracy fifth.
Bourdais, who came into the race two points behind Doornbos and one in back of Power in the closest title fight since 1999, broke it open Sunday. He heads for next week's race in San Jose, Calif., 21 points ahead of Doornbos, 27 in front of Power and 30 ahead of Wilson, last year's series runner-up.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press