Bourdais aims high in season-opener

Formula 3000 champion Sebastien Bourdais is aiming for a winning start when he makes his Champ Car debut this weekend for reigning series champions Newman-Haas Racing

Bourdais aims high in season-opener

Bourdais partners pre-season favourite Bruno Junqueira at the team that steered Cristiano da Matta to the title last season. The 23-year-old Frenchman believes his street racing pedigree can make him a contender for victory in the season-opener at St Petersburg on Sunday.

"I have won at Monaco [in F3000] and I've been quick in Formula 3 at Macau and Pau," he told AUTOSPORT. "I really like street circuits. They are a special exercise, but I enjoy them."

Bourdais says he is keeping an open mind regarding his targets for his rookie season, but is aiming to win races this year.

"What I'm expecting is to do my best and try to win races," he said. "But it will be tough. There will be a lot of good drivers so I will have to push hard to achieve what I want to do. If everything goes well and we have a bit of luck, I think it can be a really strong season for me."

For a full preview on this year's Champ Car season, check out this week's AUTOSPORT magazine.

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