Bourdais wins IndyCar opener in St Petersburg in major upset

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Sebastien Bourdais believed he could drive for tiny Dale Coyne Racing and really make a difference for a race team that has little chance against the big guns in IndyCar.

But he had a condition: Bourdais wanted to be reunited with the team players he was with when he was recognized as the top driver in open-wheel. So he brought with him engineer Craig Hampson, who led Bourdais to 31 victories, 31 poles and four consecutive titles from 2004 to 2007.

Bourdais also brought Olivier Boisson, who was the Frenchman's engineer at KVSH Racing the last several seasons. Bourdais and Boisson teamed to win four races for KVSH.

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RankDriverPointsWins
1 S.Bourdais 53 1
2 S.Pagenaud 41 0
3 S.Dixon 35 0
4 R.Hunter-Reay 32 0
5 T.Sato 31 0
6 H.Castroneves 28 0
7 M.Andretti 26 0
8 J.Newgarden 24 0
9 J.Hinchcliffe 23 0
10 E.Jones 20 0
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