Sbastien Olivier Bourdais (born February 28, 1979 in Le Mans) is a French race car driver. He is one of the most successful drivers in the history of the Champ Car World Series, having won four successive championships from 2004 to 2007. He drove in Formula One for the Toro Rosso team during the 2008, and start of 2009 season, but was unable to translate his past successes to that competition. Bourdais currently drives for Lotus-Dragon Racing in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Born into a racing family (his father Patrick races in touring cars, hill climbs, and sports cars), Bourdais began his racing career at age 10 in karts. During the early 1990s, he competed in a variety of karting championships, winning the Maine Bretagne League in 1991 and the Cadet France championship in 1993. Bourdais was part of the winning Sologne Karting team which won the 1996 24 hour Le Mans kart race at the Circuit Alain Prost on a Merlin chassis with Atomic motors.
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