There wasn't too much drama this year except for the fact that Bourdais rival, Paul Tracy, injured himself on Saturday and was replaced by 33-year-old Spaniard Oriol Servia, who finished second.
“Well, as you can only imagine, I wasn't expecting to be here,” says Servia. “I knew the car and the team were going to be good, and I have to thank [team owner] Mr. Forsythe for trusting that I could do the job.”
Bourdais is the first driver to win three straight on the famed street circuit since Al Unser, Jr. captured four straight wins from 1988 to 1991.
“The whole McDonald's team worked their tails off all winter, and last night they went to bed way past midnight, so I can't thank them enough for what they've done,” Bourdais remarks. “It's just unbelievable how much effort they put into the car. It was definitely a team effort that's been rewarded today, and I really enjoyed the ride.”
In Saturday's Pro/Celebrity race we saw names like Kathryn Morris of CBS' “Cold Case,” Emily Procter of CBS' “CSI: Miami,” tennis Hall of Famer Martina Navratilova and retired Detroit Piston John Salley. Let's not forget George Lucas. Yes, Mr. Star Wars himself piloted a Scion that just may be an early model land speeder.
Unfortunately, he got into a crash with another driver towards the end of the race. Don't worry fans; he was OK because he wound up staying on until Sunday to be the Grand Marshall of the Champ Car race.
Because of Lucas' mishap on Saturday, this gave X Games BMX champ Dave Mirra, the extra boost to keep the lead and win Saturday's race.
A perfect match for the bevy of girls on hand, the ladies' man himself, Hugh Hefner, was the Grand Marshall for that race. One of his girlfriends from “The Girls Next Door,” Kendra Wilkinson, also raced on Saturday.
Fans took between-race “pit stops” by visiting the popular Lifestyle Expo, an exhibit-hall spectacular that included the latest high-tech products and services, racecars, games and simulators, plus skateboard and BMX bike exhibitions. On site were a few ladies wearing the smallest and tightest clothes possible.
Next year, you should come out to Long Beach and check it out. It's usually the first or second weekend in April, and the city goes crazy.
Even if you don't like racing, there's so much to see and do in a city that also hosts the Long Beach Marathon, the AMGEN Bike Tour of California, and new this year, the best in beach volleyball with the AVP Tour.
For more information on the Long Beach Grand Prix, visit www.longbeachgp.com . For more information on other Long Beach activities, visit www.visitlongbeach.com.