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Bourdais perfect at the Beach.

Sebastien Bourdais stamped his authority on the 2006 Champ Car World Series Championship in style on Sunday as he dominated the 74 lap Toyota Grand Prix to complete a perfect points scoring weekend for the French born Newman-Haas Racing driver.

After sweeping every practice and qualifying session on Friday and Saturday, Bourdais translated pole position into a first corner lead and never looked back, only losing the lead around the 1.968-mile Long Beach street circuit when several teams chose an alternative pit strategy mid way through a race that was reduced in length by two laps due to time constraints.

Bourdais took the chequered flag more than 14 seconds clear of fellow front row starter Justin Wilson with Team Australia's Alex Tagliani completing the podium.

Bourdais' task was made somewhat easier when three of his main rivals wiped themselves out in a first turn pile-up. Bruno Junqueira, Paul Tracy and AJ Allmendinger, who started third, fourth and fifth on the 18-car grid, as well as Oriol Servia's PKV Racing Lola, were all caught up in the melee and could not continue.

The race remained largely static, with Bourdais comfortably quicker than Wilson who in turn was comfortably faster than the rest of the field.

Tagliani, Forsythe Racing's Mario Dominguez and the second Team Australia entry of rookie Will Power squabbled over the minor top five placings almost throughout, although Power lost a lap with a brief off course excursion and faded to ninth.

Dominguez came up two seconds short of a podium but still claimed an easy fourth place, with Cristiano da Matta giving Dale Coyne Racing one of their best finishes in recent seasons with a gritty run to fifth.

Andrew Ranger finished sixth, ahead of leading rookie Jan Heylen in the second Dale Coyne Lola with British rookie Katherine Legge scoring a determined eighth place finish just half a second behind Heylen.

Legge's fellow Briton Dan Clarke lost several laps early in the race but soldiered on to finish eleventh.


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Sebastien Bourdais recieving high fives from crew after winning pole.
Justin Wilson.
Alex Tagliani
Sebastian Bourdais (KVSH Racing) celebrates in Detroit   [image creid: IndyCar Media/Chris Owens]
Sebastian Bourdais - KVSH Racing   [image credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Owens]
Simon Pagenaud - Team Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Richard Dowdy]
Simon Pagenaud - Team Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Owens]
Simon Pagenaud - Team Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Richard Dowdy]
Simon Pagenaud - Team Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Owens]
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Jones]
Helio Castroneves (Team Penske) celebrates pole at Long Beach   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Jones]
Helio Castroneves - Team Penske    [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Owens]
Helio Castroneves - Team Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Jones]
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Richard Dowdy)
Ryan Hunter-Reay - Andretti Autosport   [pic credit: IndyCar media/Chris Jones]
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Owens]
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Owens]
Sebastien Bourdais - KVSH Racing   [pic credit: Chris Jones/IndyCar Media]

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