Bourdais has a shot to win third straight Houston race

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One of the drivers who could tie IndyCar’s record for most number of race winners in a season, 11, is Dragon Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais.

Bourdais is the closest thing to a favorite outside the established power teams, as the series heads to Reliant Park for the first time since 2007. The Frenchman won both Champ Car races held at the track in 2006 and 2007.

He’s also been on a hot streak on street courses in IndyCar of late. He nearly won at Baltimore last race, some four weeks ago, eventually ending third behind race winner Simon Pagenaud and Josef Newgarden.

That third place was his third consecutive podium finish on a street course, after he doubled up at Toronto in July in the No. 7 McAfee/TRUECar Chevrolet.

A win would be his first in American open-wheel since the 2007 Champ Car season finale at Mexico City, and the first for team owner Jay Penske and the Dragon Racing team in their career.

Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”