Champ Car World Series drivers Sebastien Bourdais and Jimmy Vasser participated in a press conference Thursday afternoon at the ESPN Zone in Las Vegas to kick off this weekend's second annual Double Down In The Desert for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and Champ Car World Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Bourdais and Vasser will be joined by 16 other drivers in the Hurricane Relief 400, scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, following the Las Vegas 350 for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Bourdais, whose Newman/Haas McDonald's Ford-Cosworth won last year's Champ Car event at LVMS, also is the series' points leader and is favored by Station Casinos oddsmaker Micah Roberts to win Saturday night. "Last year's race was definitely a big souvenir and a big race for Newman/Haas Racing," said Bourdais. "There was a lot of tension and it was pretty exhausting.  But it was pretty fantastic.  We know that the other competitors and the other teams have been working really (hard) to elevate their games and I am sure they did.  Everyone is trying to get the quickest car because that is really what it is (all about) here. A lot of it is in the hands of the engineers. We will work together to bring this Newman/Hass car to the front.  That is really all I can ask for." Jimmy Vasser is one of three Champ Car drivers now residing in Las Vegas. "I love Vegas," Vasser said. "I've been here for nine years. This is our second race here and it would certainly be nice to win and show some of my friends that never make it out to the races what we do -- and get a trophy for the trophy case.  I think the fans are in for a good side-by-side race.  Champ Car racing is very good and the fans should stick around because we are going to put on a good show." As an added incentive to "stick around," fans will be treated to a post-race fireworks show immediately following the Hurricane Relief 400. Tickets for the NASCAR/Champ Car Double Down In The Desert may be purchased at the LVMS ticket office, by calling (702) 644-4444 or online at