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Bourdais signs off with last gasp Mexico win.

Sebastien Bourdais crowned his historic 2006 Champ Car World Series season with one of his best victories yet, passing Justin Wilson on the 66th and final lap of Sunday's Gran Premio Telmex at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

In a race that started dry but turned wet just shy of the half way mark, Bourdais caught and passed Wilson over a thrilling final five laps before finally making his decisive move with half a lap remaining of the 2.774-mile Mexico City road course.

The win was Bourdais' 23rd career triumph and while Wilson was bitterly disappointed with second, he could console himself with the knowledge that he hauled himself above AJ Allmendinger for second in the points standings.

Team Australia rookie Will Power clinched the Roshfrans Rookie of the Year title with a career best third place finish, albeit nearly three quarters of a minute behind the top two, the young Aussies RotY cause aided greately bt Dan Clarke's early race retirement.

Bruno Junqueira finished fourth with Alex Tagliani fifth, Oriol Servia sixth and Surfers Paradise winner Nelson Philippe seventh. Philippe's seventh place finish was enough to secure fourth in the overall standings from Junqueira, Power, the absent Paul Tracy and Tagliani.

Andrew Ranger and Forsythe newboys David Martinez and Buddy Rice rounded out the top ten while British rookie Katherine Legge survived an opening lap skirmish with Mario Dominguez to take 16th in a race slowed by just one caution period and blighted by just one retirement.




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Champ Car World Series.  10-12 Nov. 2006. Gran Premio Telmex.  Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Mexico City. Wilson, Bourdais and Power on victory podium.
Champ Car World Series.  10-12 Nov. 2006. Gran Premio Telmex.  Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Mexico City. Bourdais and Wilson.
Champ Car World Series.  10-12 Nov. 2006. Gran Premio Telmex.  Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Mexico City. Race winner, Sebastien Bourdais.
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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)
Sebastien Bourdais celebrates winning in Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Chevy Racing sweeps the podium with race winner Sebastien Bourdais (center), driver of the #11 Hydroxycut KVC Racing Technology Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrating his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the first of two IndyCar Series races in Toronto, Canada. Second-place finisher Helio Castroneves (left), driver of the #3 PPV Automotive Refinish Team Penske Chevrolet, and third-place finisher Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, join the celebration. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Sebastien Bourdais, driver of the #11 Hydroxycut KVC Racing Technology Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the first of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Scott R. LePage/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Sebastien Bourdais, driver of the #11 Hydroxycut KVC Racing Technology Chevrolet IndyCar V6, takes the chequered flag, racing to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the first of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Sebastien Bourdais, driver of the #11 Hydroxycut KVC Racing Technology Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the first of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Sebastien Bourdais celebrates with his family (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais chats with his team on pit lane during practice for the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher  for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais exits Turn 8 during practice for the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Owens  for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais passes by the Princes` Gate at Turn 1 during practice for the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Eric Anderson  for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais celebrates his winning the pole and the Verizon P1 Award for Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones  for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais displays the Verizon P1 Award flag for winning the pole for Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones  for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais displays the Verizon P1 Award flag for winning the pole for Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones  for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais displays the Verizon P1 Award for winning the pole for Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones  for IndyCar Media)

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