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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)
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Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates winning the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship by kissing the Astor Challenge Cup Saturday, August 30, 2014 after the last race of the season at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Chevrolet clinches its third straight Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)

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