Bourdais survives trophy malfunction

Sebastien Bourdais had his best weekend ever on the IZOD IndyCar circuit.

Right up until the part where he dropped the trophy, that is.

Bourdais, who went from dominating force in the Champ Car World Series in 2007 to an unsuccessful Formula One venture and then frequent also-ran performances in 30 prior IndyCar events, made it onto the podium Saturday in Toronto.

He qualified second, led 20 laps and finished second to share the spotlight with Target Chip Ganassi Racing stars Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti.

However, an unofficial post-race caution flag came out when Bourdais, in his second full-time season, was handed his trophy. The crystal was not properly attached to the base and crashed to the stage as he prepared to raise it over his head. The glass piece bounced once and shattered.

“It’s OK, I’ve got plenty of trophies," the joyous driver said later. "It’s not what makes your day.”

Bourdais came to Toronto with a best 2013 starting spot of seventh, a top finish of 11th and three DNFs for team owner Jay Penske.