A nervous but dominant Sebastien Bourdais overcame a spin and a sticky gearbox to win his first Champ Car title, beating teammate Bruno Junqueira with a flag-to-flag victory in the Mexican Grand Prix in Mexico City.
"I'm really, really, really glad its over," said the new champion from LeMans, France. "It's a whole lot of pressure on a 25-year-old guy."
Bourdais managed to win despite sliding on the 42nd lap. The slip cost him about 12 seconds of the lead he held over Newman/Haas teammate Junqueira.
The Brazilian was runner-up in the standings for the third year in a row and wound up second in the race, more than 5 seconds behind.
Bourdais started on the pole and never trailed, charging to his seventh victory of the season even though a ninth-place finish would have guaranteed him the championship.
"At some point it becomes a question of honor," he said.