It had been a long and winding road between victories for Sebastien Bourdais.
Bourdais, driving the No. 11 Hydroxycut KVSH Racing car, claimed his 32nd Indy car career win in Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto by 3.3408 seconds over championship front-runner Helio Castroneves.
Bourdais broke a tie with Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy for eighth on the all-time win list.
“It’s really sweet. We had to fight and wait for it for a long time but today was just kind of one of these days when the stars align,” said Bourdais, who earned pole yesterday.
“I guess I was not expecting it because here I know how things can go. Last year we were second and third and it’s great to get this win.”
|Sebastian Bourdais, Toronto (Photo: Eric Anderson/IndyCar.com)|
Bourdais closed the 2007 season with victories at Surfers Paradise, Australia, and Mexico City – the latter on Nov. 11 -- to secure his fourth consecutive Champ Car World Series title for Newman/Haas Racing.
He moved to Europe to compete in Formula One for two seasons, and then drove in the SuperLeague Formula in 2010.
Bourdais, 35, who resides in St. Petersburg, Fla., competed in nine IndyCar races in 2011 for Dale Coyne Racing, made 11 starts for Dragon Racing the next season and contested his first full season in 2013 with Dragon Racing.
His dominating victory was the first for KVSH Racing since Tony Kanaan won the 2013 Indianapolis 500.
“He dominated from start to finish and we’re very proud of him,” team co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven said. “He’s had some unlucky breaks but showed today what a strong driver he is.”