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.
Gabby Chaves is set to return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Watkins Glen International later this month.
The Columbian-American driver, who last competed in IMSA in 2016 – with the DeltaWing outfit – will sub for the injured Joao Barbosa – he hurt his wrist in a cycling accident earlier in June – in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.
Chaves will partner Filipe Albuquerque and Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Cadillac.
Chaves expressed gratitude for being asked to fill in, but kept his enthusiasm muted, noting that he is getting the opportunity ultimately because another driver got hurt.
“The first thing is of course that you never want to have an opportunity because someone got hurt, so this is an unfortunate circumstance with Joao having his injury,”said Chaves. “But I appreciate the opportunity to join the championship-leading team. Mustang Sampling Racing has had a strong start this year and hopefully I can help the team continue to have those kinds of results.”
Chaves added, “I love Watkins Glen, it is a great track and I am looking forward to racing the Cadillac Prototype there. I’m excited to be going back to endurance racing. With different classes all racing at the same time, there is a lot for the driver to deal with as you work through traffic. So I am looking forward to racing at the Glen again, and I really appreciate this opportunity with Mustang Sampling Racing.”
Chaves’ most recent IMSA event was the 2016 Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, when he finished seventh in the Prototype class.
The No. 5 Action Express Cadillac currently sits tied with the sister No. 31 Whelen Engineer Racing Cadillac of Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr atop the IMSA standings, though Barbosa’s hopes of a driver’s championship are set to take an enormous hit with him missing Watkins Glen.