Top Seven Result for Father and Son Bourdais Combination at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (January 28th, 2006) – Two-time Champ Car World Series title-holder Sebastien Bourdais and his father Patrick drove through the pack to grab a seventh place finish out of 88 cars in the opening race of the 2006 Grand Am Cup Championship at Daytona International Speedway yesterday.

The father-and-son duo drove a Multimatic entered Ford Racing Technology Mustang FR500C – a reward for Sebastien taking his second consecutive Champ Car title last year.

With the senior member of the Bourdais family starting from 27th on the grid – the eight-time 24 Hours of Le Mans driver charged through the field up to 10th spot before handing over to his son, Sebastian.

After topping the timesheets in Thursday’s second practice session, Sebastien again proved to be right on the pace – setting the second fastest lap time of any Mustang FR500C runner in the field.

Sebastian’s stint was not without incident. A drive-through penalty for missing the “bus stop” on the back straight and a wild spin caused by contact from the Porsche of Patrick Long kept the Champ Car star fighting his way back through the pack. The #1 Mustang had climbed to seventh place at the checkered flag.

Five Multimatic-built Ford Racing Technologies Mustang FR500C racecars finished in the top ten including three in the top five.

“Patrick did a fantastic job at the start to work his way up to 10th, I really didn’t expect that,” said Multimatic Vice President and Motorsports Technical Director, Larry Holt.

“Contact with the Porsche and the penalty cost us the chance to grab a top five finish but Sebastien and Patrick had a great time out there today.

“Sebastien is a little upset because he is so competitive, but the fact he set the second fastest Mustang FR500C time of the race proved he is a fantastic talent.

“Both the guys said the car was perfect. I think we will see a lot more Mustang success in 2006.”

Multimatic Motorsports clinched a Grand Am Cup “grand-slam” in 2005 – taking the drivers’, teams’ and manufactuers’ championships.


Sebastien Bourdais

“At the end I wound up losing quite a bit of time. All in all it was a fun race. Without the race penalty we would have finished in the top five.

“My dad had a blast, I’m just happy that we made it to the end. We had a pretty good result. It was a fun experience, mission accomplished.”

“The car is very fast here because it has very good top speed. It’s a little tricky in the infield and it’s a bit of a fight. This car tends to use up the tires a little more than the Porches.

“At the end of the day it’s pretty close but it’s a tough to fight with cars that don’t have the same characteristics. So you gain sometimes and you lose sometimes. You try to pass the guy and then you don’t succeed and he passes you back. There was a lot of fights and a lot of passing.

“We would like to again thank Ford for the opportunity.”

Patrick Bourdais

“I am very happy. Yesterday when I drove the car I did not feel good at all and I could not find any references on the outside of the car. Today I had some good laps. It was fun running with those guys.

“It reminded me when I was fighting for championships in Clio Cup ten years ago. It will be one of my best racing memories for sure.

“I was very comfortable and the tires were great. I was able to pass people. I did have contact with one guy out there but it was ok. I had a bit of oversteer at the end of my stint and I spun at the end of the last chicane.

“There was a car behind and I did not want him to pass. I was trying a bit too hard and just spun the car.”