Unlucky in qualifying, at the back of the grid, the driver from Le Mans creates a wonderful success at the Championship opening round US IndyCar in St Petersburg.
There is no use running, we must leave on time. Well Sebastien Bourdais in the night from Saturday to Sunday had to ponder the moral of Jean de la Fontaine.
Victim of an exit crippling track during practice skills of the GP of St. Petersburg, the first round of the Indycar championship, he saw his chances of a good result on the circuit florien take the lead in the wing. Except that the race is still running and will neutralizations, collisions and hazards of all kinds, the Manceau was able to take its game to take command of the race in the 37th lap when it started leading to tackle Simon Pageanud, the defending champion, while leading the race.
Doubling unequivocally former teammate at Peugeot Sport, Sebastien Bourdais then managed masterfully following the event where he remained 73 laps to go. Boasting a team of Dale Coyne Racing incisive in the pits, also enjoying an ideal strategy, but also a Dallara Honda visibly consuming less than the Chevrolet engines of competition and very fast, he sped toward an unexpected success .
“Managing to win after starting in last place is amazing, he confessed to tears descending from his car. It was the first victory with this team is strong because it is the first race of the season and everything was set up during the race. “
Le classement : 1. Sebastien Bourdais; 2. Simon Pagenaud; 3. Scott Dixon; 4. Ryan Hunter-Reay; 5. Takuma Sato; 6. Helio Castroneves; 7. Marco Andretti; 8. Josef Newgarden; 9. James Hinchcliffe; 10. Ed Jones.
Next race: Long Beach, California (April 9)