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Indianapolis, IN- Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is the next stop on the Izod IndyCar Series schedule.
After taking three weeks off it’s time to get back to business at the 13-turn facility just north of Columbus, Ohio.
The track is one that just suits certain drivers. If someone is good there they usually are good every time they visit the 2.258-mile road course. There’s not really any ups and downs.
Many of us will look towards Scott Dixon as the favorite this weekend. That’s probably the smart choice. Dixon has won the last three IndyCar races and has won three of the last four at Mid-Ohio including being the two-time defending champion of the event.
If there’s a sleeper out there that many will overlook to stop Dixon’s reign, it’s Sebastien Bourdais.
The Dragon Racing driver has been on a tear lately.
At Toronto, the Frenchman finished on the podium for the first time since 2007 in dual number 1 with a runner-up finish. Despite dropping his trophy and breaking it on the podium, the driver of the No. 7 McAfee Chevrolet decided he wanted to keep the good weekend going and get another trophy.
Bourdais backed up Saturday’s second place finish with a third and left Toronto with confidence and hope that he can get to the top step of the podium next. Mid-Ohio could be the track where he does that.
Bourdais has raced at Mid-Ohio three times in his open wheel career.
He first ran there in 2003 where he started third and finished fifth. Bourdais didn’t race there again until 2011 where he finished ninth after an 11th place starting spot. Last year for the same team he’s driving for in 2013 he started sixth and finished an impressive fourth.
That’s two top five finishes and three top 10′s in three starts. The confidence he has at Mid-Ohio and the confidence he gained in the last two races should put Bourdais in perfect position for a great run this weekend.
Eric Smith is the Lead Motorsports Writer for Race Review Online. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru
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