The Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac driver and team-mate Renger van der Zande have solely mustered a single podium end from the opening half of the season, with victory at Lengthy Seashore, and have 5 extra rounds to make up a 208-point deficit on the points-leading Wayne Taylor Racing Acura of Filipe Albuquerque and Ricky Taylor.
Mechanical woes at Daytona, Sebring and Laguna Seca left them unable to problem, however Bourdais and van der Zande had been additionally in rivalry for victory at Mid-Ohio till the Dutchman spun whereas battling Taylor for the lead.
Whereas conceding that they may want others to drop factors, the four-time IndyCar champion has taken pole for 3 of the 5 races held this season and believes that the workforce has the tempo in hand to ship outcomes.
“It’s undoubtedly not set one of the simplest ways potential,” Bourdais informed Autosport.
“But when we maintain having the tempo we’ve had to date, you’ll be able to hope that the opposition will even run into its personal issues in some unspecified time in the future and also you’re type of completed with it.
“Positively we’ve had already at the least one too many jokers.
“At this level it’s type of like every thing must fall into place for us to be within the combat on the finish, which isn’t totally below our management.
“However at this level it’s nearly a moot level to even give it some thought, it’s principally ‘go and do the most effective job you’ll be able to, have some enjoyable behind the wheel, and make no errors’ and hope that it’s sufficient. That’s all you’ll be able to actually do.”
#01 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac DPi: Sebastien Bourdais, Scott Dixon
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Bourdais additionally believes Ganassi is “nonetheless making huge strides” in its second yr operating the Cadillac DPi-V.R.
Van der Zande and Kevin Magnussen drove a single-car entry final yr earlier than the workforce added a second automotive crewed by Earl Bamber and Alex Lynn, who presently sit third within the standings after successful the Sebring 12 Hours with Neel Jani.
“We made huge strides at Mid-Ohio,” defined Bourdais.
“We began off actually dangerous after which made some vital progress to the purpose the place an Acura observe was perhaps not a lot of an Acura observe any extra, even if we had been 25 kilos heavier than they had been.
“That’s the cool factor about racing, while you suppose you’ve reached a dead-end or the utmost of regardless of the automotive potential is, then there is likely to be one thing left and that’s what you try for to attempt to maintain elevating that bar.”
IndyCar return unlikely
This yr marks the primary time since 2010 that Bourdais has not had a seat in IndyCar, with the Frenchman committing absolutely to sportscars by operating a parallel LMP2 programme for Vector Sport within the World Endurance Championship.
Requested by Autosport if he considers IndyCar a closed door now, Bourdais mentioned: “Yeah, I imply just about.
“I used to be nonetheless hoping that there is likely to be one thing this yr in the direction of the tip of the season with perhaps a 3rd automotive programme kickstarting to assist that going, however I feel it’s just about all buried at this level.
“After which for the long run, the Cadillac contract is just about unique, so it’s not possible going to open up any type of doorways.
“Sure, I feel it’s just about [done], not a lot by selection however simply alternatives. Racing is lots about that.”