Sebastien Bourdais, in the No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone machine, opened the first day of practice for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 ninth on the speed charts after the 75-minute morning session. In the afternoon, practice began in hot, humid conditions, but with approximately 30 minutes remaining in the 75-minute session the skies opened up and poured rain. With rain a possibility on Sunday, Bourdais, one of only two drivers to do so, went out on rain tires to get a feel for the wet conditions on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course permanent road course, however after just a couple of laps he parked the car for good. Tomorrow begins with a practice session from 9:45 – 10:30 a.m. followed by qualifying from 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. Bourdais has four top-10 starting positions including a pole (2014) in six races at Mid-Ohio. His best finish is second, also in 2014. He has three other top-10 finishes including two top-five performances, fourth in 2012 and fifth in his Mid-Ohio debut in 2003.
Practice Session No. 1: Ninth – 64.8662 seconds/125.316 mph
Practice Session No. 2: 19th – 65.11.65 seconds/124.835 mph
Combined Practice Report: 14th – 64.8662 seconds/125.316 mph
Sebastien Bourdais Practice Quote:
“Obviously not happy with the classification, but I am not quite sure it’s very relevant. We didn’t get an opportunity to baseline the car on new tires when most guys did. I think the Hydroxycut car is pretty decent. We tried a couple of things that gave us direction, so if we can put it all together tomorrow and the weather doesn’t become too much of a factor…fingers crossed that every aligns and see what happens”.
• Sebastien Bourdais will drive the No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone entry in the Honda Indy 200.
• The 2016 Honda Indy Toronto will be Bourdais’ 160th career Verizon IndyCar Series start, 47th with KVSH Racing and seventh at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
• In six previous appearances at Mid-Ohio, Bourdais has qualified in the top-10 three times with one pole in 2014 (started third in 2003 and seventh in 2012). He has finished in the top-10 a total of four times with a best showing of second in 2014.
• Bourdais has finished in the top-10 in seven of the 11 races completed during the 2016 season with one win (Detroit Race 1).
• This is Bourdais’ 11th Verizon IndyCar Series season and third with KVSH Racing
• In 159 career IndyCar starts, Bourdais has won 35 races (tied with Bobby Unser for sixth all-time) and taken 33 pole positions (tied for seventh).
• Bourdais is the only driver to win four consecutive IndyCar championships, taking the title in 2004 – 2007 (Champ Car World Series).
• Bourdais won from the pole at the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours this year in the GTE Pro category. He has another pole and three runner-up finishes (2007, 2009 and 2011) in 10 previous starts in his hometown. Bourdais has also won the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans in 2015 and the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2014 (was runner-up in 2015),
• Bourdais, 37, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.