Nelson Philippe Wins First Race in Australia, Bourdais Champion
 
 

SURFERS PARADISE, Australia (October 22, 2006) - On a day when the history-making championship drama of the Lexmark Indy 300 ended after just 18 laps, Nelson Philippe made some history of his own in winning his first Champ Car World Series event. Philippe became the youngest driver in the history of the series to win a Champ Car race, holding off a stern charge from Mario Dominguez to score the win in front of a crowd of 101,066.

Nelson Philippe was not the only Frenchman celebrating a great milestone today at Surfers Paradise, Australia as while the 20-year-old was cheered for his race win, his fellow Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais was celebrating his own history-making day, after winning his third consecutive Champ Car title.

Bourdais sealed the title on Lap 19 when A.J. Allmendinger ended his day - and his title hunt - in the Turn Three wall, eliminating Allmendinger from title contention and ensuring that Bourdais would join Ted Horn as the only drivers ever to win three consecutive Champ Car titles.

"I won a Champ Car race that has to be the best feeling ever, and I'm still on the cloud," siad Nelson. "I still have time to be a bit up tonight, probably going to party it up real hard, and then I have to come back down to earth and gotta get back to work for Mexico City."