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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)
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Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, July 6, 2014 during the Pocono IndyCar 500 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
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