ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – We always talk about how little we value what Scott Dixon is doing and has done in the Verizon IndyCar Series during the course of his career. His 41 career wins, rank him fourth on the all-time wins list. He’s just one shy of tying Michael Andretti four third all-time and 11 away from Mario Andretti in second. His 224 consecutive starts, those are second ever. His 38 runner-up finishes, third ever. His 96 podiums, fifth ever. Also, his 141 top five finishes are tied for third most ever too. He has four championships as well. Those rank him tied for second most too.
But, Sebastien Bourdais is quietly there with him.
Bourdais, has 37 wins. Those are sixth most ever. He trails Al Unser for fifth by two. His 33 poles are tied with Dario Franchitti for seventh all-time. Like Dixon, he too has won four championships. Only AJ Foyt (7), Mario Andretti (4) and Dario Franchitti (4) have ever won as many as he and Dixon. All four of his titles though came in a four year run from 2004 to 2007. No one has won more titles consecutively in the history of this sport. He’s tied with Bobby Rahal and Tony Kanaan for most seasons with at least one victory at 10.
18 of his 37 wins have come from the pole. That ranks third all-time.
He had 54 podium finishes and 71 top fives. The only reasons those numbers are higher is because he spent two years in Formula One.
But, despite all of those gaudy numbers, he basically has put everything prior to 2012 away. His focus has been on his family and racing.
In 2012, he moved down to St. Pete. It’s his new home. Everything he won prior, well those were put away as memories in a box. His new Florida home was for his new accomplishments. Now, his case is starting to get full again. Sunday was his second consecutive home race win in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete. It just added another trophy for his already crowded trophy case.
“Yeah, the shelving is starting to be a little crowded in St. Pete,” Bourdais said after his win. “When we came back in ’12, we didn’t bring anything. We just came with all the luggage, I went to Ikea, and that was that. There was nothing in the house, and the collection is getting bigger quite nicely. Not the place it was when I was in the Champ Car days, but there’s some Daytona trophies and Sebring trophies and Road Atlantas and IndyCar trophies. Yeah, we’ve managed to win one pretty much every year since ’14. I’m pretty happy to keep that streak alive.
Bourdais, has won six Verizon IndyCar Series races since the move. Two of them are in St. Pete. Throw in a Daytona, LeMans and Sebring trophies and he’s getting all that he ever wanted.
He’s doing so with a smaller budget team like Dale Coyne Racing. The move back to the team last year is paying off in a big way. He’s a title contender again.