Edmonton no longer Bourdais's town

CRASH CAMERON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:17 PM ET

EDMONTON - He owned the place.

Once upon a time, from 2005 and onto the next two years, the racetrack at Edmonton's City Centre Airport was a personal playground for Sebastien Bourdais.

Times have changed. Back then, Bourdais would have been burning up after a sixth-place finish.

He was smiling on Sunday.

His return to Edmonton wasn't such a bad thing.

"Oh, it was pretty good," said the LeMans, France, native. "I had a good time. I have to say the track is not as fun as it used to be."

Understandable. Bourdais had two wins and a runner-up on the wider-spaced former track.

Not only has the layout changed, he knows he is no longer piloting the Newman/Haas No. 1 car that dominated the ChampCar series.

Somehow Dale Coyne has survived all these years fielding cars among the big dogs in ChampCar and Indy. Bourdais -- who left North America to give Formula One a go -- is driving the No. 9 Boy Scouts of America car for Coyne.

"It was quite a good day, starting 12th and finishing sixth. We passed a bunch of people, tried really hard. Made a lot of mistakes in the process of moving forward," Bourdais said with a laugh. "I was trying so damn hard (and) that's what you can expose yourself to.

"Next time, we do the same thing without the mistakes, we should do pretty good."

He was also happy to avoid any of the cluster moments.

"I was expecting more than that. I was just hoping not to be in one. I was actually pretty surprised there was not more yellows and restarts, but it was good. At least the fans got to see some real racing and not just, you know, a bunch of yellows."

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