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Bourdais ready to be IndyCar contender

Having returned to a leading team, Sebastien Bourdais believes that he live up to predictions tipping him as a dark horse for this year's IndyCar Series.

Team Penske's Will Power, a three-time series championship runner-up, endorsed Sebastien Bourdais as a 2014 IndyCar title contender.

Bourdais, a four-time Champ Car champion, isn't about to dispute the forecast either, having jumped from the Dragon team to join Indy 500 winners KVSH Racing.

"I do feel like there is a lot of potential, unexplored potential," the Frenchman, who will drive the #11 car, said, "Last year was an eye-opener when Tony [Kanaan] won the 500, and I think it's pretty much to the credit of KV.

“They worked very hard. They have a great group of guys who really love racing, which is not so easy to find. I could not put a strong enough point on saying that this group can win.

"I don't know how long it's going to take before we do it, but only because competition is so difficult in IndyCar these days. You look at the number of cars you need to beat to just get there, it's really hard. But, at the end of the day, everybody has the same equipment pretty much. It's just a matter of how you use it, how much work you put into it to get it right."

Bourdais closed the 2013 season strongly, with four top ten finishes in the final five races), and he's looking forward to the prospects this season.

"When I left Newman Haas to go after that dream of mine in F1, there was no guarantee, if I ever tried to come back, of getting a top seat," he reflected, "I knew, once I left, I had taken a one-way ticket. It's not that I couldn't buy a return, but nothing was guaranteed. For the longest time, it just felt like it was not meant to be. Hopefully, I'm going to prove myself wrong."



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Sebastien Bourdais during practice for the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT on Saturday, August 31 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Race winner Scott Dixon celebrates with runner-up Sebastien Bourdais after race 1 in Toronto - Saturday, July 13 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Dragon Racing`s Sebastien Bourdais. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais with his son after winning Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
The red flag is waived halting attempts to start Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto on Saturday. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway and Team Owner Ed Carpenter celebrate victory in Race 2 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais gets a congratulatory hug from team co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven after winning Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Chevrolet sweeps the podium with winner Mike Conway (center), driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrating his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. Tony Kanaan (left), driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet celebrates his second-place finish. Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet celebrates his third-place finish. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, takes the chequered flag while racing to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway on his way to victory in the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway jumps for joy after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway with the winner`s flag after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway, Tony Kanaan and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway receives the winner`s trophy after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway, Tony Kanaan and Will Power pose for a selfie on the podium after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Tony Kanaan and Will Power pose for a selfie on the podium after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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