Sebastien Bourdais captured four straight championships in an Indy car and has won in numerous other classes too. Going into the 2022 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach would be the first time he’s been to the event not racing an Indy car. He spent time with us at the pre-race media luncheon to talk about the Cadillac DPi car and the differences with Indy cars, LMP2 cars and World Endurance Championship (WEC) LMDH Hypercars. He also explains how different types of tracks in the IMSA WeatherTech series suit his Cadillac better than the competitor’s cars and vice versa. A wealth of knowledge and skill – Sebastien Bourdais. Enjoy!
NOTE: Sebastien Bourdais would go on to earn the pole position at Long Beach and lead the first six laps before a slight miscue with a backmarker in the hairpin would drop him to last in class. In one of the best comeback drives ever, he put his head down and made it back to the lead, handed off to his teammate who brought it home to win the race! In 2023, he continues to drive for the Chip Ganassi Cadillac GTP team and was the fastest Cadillac qualifier for the season-opening Rolex 24hrs at Daytona.
By Larry Mason
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Sebastien Bourdais is ready to put his new driver’s suit to use in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona coming up January 28-29, 2023 – Photo courtesy of Cadillac
Sebastien Bourdais knows his way around the concrete wall-lined jungle of the mean streets of Long Beach, having captured three straight wins here racing Indy cars. He’s shown here maximizing his mid-corner speed in Turn 6.
Dive planes, air intakes and a huge shark fin help Bourdais’ Cadillac go fast. He certainly does his part as is seen with a number one on the LED light panel indicating his position.
It was no drive in the park for Sebastien Bourdais at Long Beach after qualifying on pole. He had to race his way from last to first after an incident in the hairpin.
Sebastien Bourdais puts the all-new Cadillac GTP race car through its paces during a test at Daytona International Speedway.–Photo courtesy of Cadillac
Part of the preparation for the 24 hrs of Daytona includes night testing with the all-new Cadillac GTP hybrid race car.–Photo courtesy of Cadillac
The striking gold and black livery of the new Cadillac GTP car that Sebastien Bourdais and his teammates race in 2023 will not be hard to spot on the race track.–Photo courtesy of Cadillac
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