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Bourdais Wins 5th Race of Season

July 30, 2006

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Sebastien Bourdais avoided mistakes in a race filled with them and pulled away Sunday for his fifth win of the season, easily defending his 2005 victory in the inaugural San Jose Grand Prix and adding to his series points lead.

The Frenchman, well on the way to what would be his third straight title in the Champ Car World Series, had not won since starting the season with four consecutive victories. But Bourdais’ Newman/Haas Racing Lola was a dominating car this weekend, winning the pole and leading the most laps in the 97-lap race.

``It wasn’t that easy,″ Bourdais said. ``I’m really, really happy for the team that we finally got another (win).″

The winner led until he made his second and final pit stop on lap 54, falling to third behind Charles Zwolsman and Oriol Servia, both on a different pit strategy.

Bourdais remained patient for a while, knowing that both the drivers ahead of him would have to pit again. But, after Servia moved on lap with a pass on a restart on lap 60, Bourdais got past Zwolsman for second on lap 73.

He regained the lead for good when Servia pitted on lap 80, then pulled away for the easy victory _ leaving runner-up Cristiano da Matta 6.686-seconds behind at the end.

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