Third-place run caps double-podium weekend for Bourdais (VIDEO)

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Scott Dixon may have swept both races of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader, but it’s safe to say that Sebastien Bourdais also had a heck of a weekend in Canada.

The four-time Champ Car World Series champion followed up his runner-up result on Saturday with a third-place finish in today’s Race 2 behind Dixon and Helio Castroneves.

His second podium in two days is even more impressive considering that the “push-to-pass” overtake system on his No. 7 Dragon Racing Chevrolet was unavailable to him during the race.

“It was really hard and it was from seventh place, so we had to be on the move,” Bourdais told NBC Sports Network. “All these [late] restarts, I thought they were going to be against us because I was just a sitting duck on the back straight.

“It just so happened that things turned out our way. We made the moves and made them stick, and I had a really good car on the [final] restart. It was hooked up.”

As a result, Bourdais has his first consecutive podium finishes since winning at Australia and Mexico City to finish the 2007 Champ Car World Series season.

Now, to an equally pressing matter: Did he have more issues with trophies on the podium today?

As you may recall from Saturday, Bourdais received his second-place prize only to have the crystal cup then fall off the base, bounce twice, and then break on the third hit.

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Today, though, it appeared that Bourdais had no problems handling his second piece of hardware from Toronto.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.