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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.
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Sebastien Bourdais during practice on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on Thursday May 7 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais crosses the yard of bricks during practice on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on Thursday May 7 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V-6, celebrates his victory Sunday, April 19, 2015 after winning the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Long Beach in the streets of Long Beach, California. (Photo by Russell LaBounty/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Chevrolet sweeps the podium as Juan Pablo Montoya (l to r), driver of the #2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar; Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Verizon Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V-6 and Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Automobile Club of Southern California Team Penske Chevrolet V-6, celebrate Saturday, April 18, 2015 after finishing third, first and second in the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Long Beach through the streets of Long Beach, California. (Photo by Russell LaBounty/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 pumps his fist as he crosses the finish line, winning the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, April 19, 2015 in the streets of Long Beach, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 races to victory Sunday, April 19, 2015 winning the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Long Beach in the streets of Long Beach, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon lead the field into Turn 1 during the start of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon enters Turn 3 during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon navigates the fountain turn complex during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon wins the 41st Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
The confetti flies in Victory Lane for Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves, and Juan Pablo Montoya on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates in Victory Lane following his win in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon drinks the champagne following his win in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon drinks the champagne following his win in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Josef Newgarden apexes the hairpin turn during qualifications for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)

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