For Sebastien Bourdais, his return to an IndyCar podium was a long time coming. The Dragon Racing driver, who finished second in today’s first race of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader, hadn’t achieved a podium finish since winning the 2007 Champ Car season finale at Mexico City that completed his run of four consecutive series titles.
Of course, Bourdais was very excited about it and was ready to receive a nice trophy to put on his mantle at home. But as you’ll see in the Victory Lane celebration above, it didn’t quite work out that way.
Nonetheless, it’s probably safe to assume that the Frenchman and his Dragon Racing crew are still all smiles. They can’t celebrate too much, though, as they’ll have to face 85 more laps tomorrow in the second race of the weekend in Toronto (3 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network).
Chip Ganassi to be honored in Petersen Museum exhibit
This Saturday, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will debut a new exhibit honoring one of the most successful teams in American motorsports.
Titled “Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute,” the exhibit will display several significant cars, trophies, and other artifacts from CGR’s storied racing history. Ganassi will formally be honored April 15, 2020 at the Petersen’s Annual Racers Night before the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Vehicles displayed in the exhibit will include the 1983 Patrick Wildcat MK9B raced by Chip Ganassi to his best finish in the Indianapolis 500, the Lexus-powered Riley MK X1 raced by Scott Dixon in the 2006 24 Hours of Daytona, the Dallara IR-05 driven to victory by Dario Franchitti in the 2010 Indianapolis 500, the Ford GT that finished first in the LM GTE category at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Kurt Busch in the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series.
“Chip Ganassi is an influential member of the automotive community, and his team’s penchant for success is a reflection of his raw skill and passion for the sport,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Complemented by a visually dynamic and compelling 180-degree video, ‘Chip Ganassi Racing’will celebrate the team’s victories and tell its story while taking visitors on a trip down memory lane.”
“Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute” will run through January 31, 2021. The museum will host a ticketed opening reception on December 13. More information on the Petersen Museum can be found at www.petersen.org.