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Bourdais looking to pick up where he left off at Road America -- nine years later

Phoenix International Raceway - Day 1

AVONDALE, AZ - APRIL 01: Sebastien Bourdais of France, driver of the #11 KVSH Racing Chevrolet IndyCar prepares for qualifying to the Phoenix Grand Prix at Phoenix International Raceway on April 1, 2016 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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When a driver wins a race, he invariably looks to repeat the next time he returns to the same track.

Sebastien Bourdais hopes to pick up from where he left off after winning at Road America – even though he’s had to wait nine years to get a chance to repeat.

Bourdais won the last Champ Car World Series race at the 4.048-mile, 14-turn high-speed track in central Wisconsin in 2007.

But now with the Verizon IndyCar Series bringing open-wheel Indy car racing back to Road America, Bourdais is very hopeful that the nine-year margin melts away and he is able to pick up where he left off.

“I am really looking forward to racing at Road America again,” Bourdais said. “It’s my favorite road course in the United States and like a lot of the tracks in Europe.

“I raced there four times back in the CART and Champ Car days and finished on the podium every time. At one point I was wondering if I would ever win there and finally did in my last race back in 2007.”

Bourdais has already scored one win this season: the first of the two back-to-back races at Belle Isle three weeks ago.

And with permanent road courses being one of his strengths as a racer, that’s why it’s not a surprise why Bourdais is looking forward so much to Road America.

“KVSH Racing had a good race car at the only permanent road course we’ve raced on this year at Barber, so the Hydroxycut machine should be fast right off the truck,” Bourdais said. “Hopefully, we can keep my streak of podiums at Road America alive or even get our second win of the season.”

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