KVSH Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais piloted the No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Honda to his fifth consecutive top-10 oval finish of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season with a 10th place showing in the restarted Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, TX.
Bourdais qualified 18th on the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval on June 10. He was running in 11th place when the race, which was postponed from Saturday, June 11 to Sunday, June 12, due to heavy rain, was halted after 71 laps, again due to inclement weather. The remaining 177 laps of the originally scheduled 248-lap contest where completed Saturday. Restarting 11th, on lap 72, Bourdais dropped to 15th on the fourth lap and ran in the mid-teens until moving into 12th place on lap 212 (145 laps after the restart). At that point on-track action got a bit crazy as drivers vied for position which resulted in a series of incidents bringing out several cautions periods. The upshot was that Bourdais, driving a smart, patient race, moved into the top-10 getting as high as ninth before slipping back to 10th just before the checkered flag.
Qualified: 18th/Restarted 11th
Sebastien Bourdais Race Day Quote:
”It was a tough night for the Hydroxycut – KVSH Racing Team. We knew we were going to be on the shy side with the downforce level because that was the way it was when we were here in June. At that time we didn’t anticipate that everyone else would stack up on downforce and we didn’t have some of the parts we needed. So, of course, we had to restart that way, which was quite frustrating honestly. I knew it was going to be tough in the beginning and it sure was in traffic. I was basically just trying to stay out of trouble and manage my tires. Then during the second stint when it stretched out, I went for it and after 15 laps the tires disintegrated and the car got very loose on my own. I was out of adjustments, so we had to make an earlier pit stop, which destroyed our race. After that we corrected. We were still not good in traffic, but could hold some decent speeds…204 (mph), 205 even toward the end of our stint. Unfortunately, the leaders were running 207, 208 and there was nothing we could do about it, so I went a couple of laps down. We fought our way through the race, but it is definitely not fun when you have to be that passive, just hanging on and trying to bring it home. The good news is we finished in the top-10 on all the ovals this year so we have made progress.”..
• Bourdais has finished in the top-10 in nine of the 14 races during the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season with two top-five showings (Detroit Race1 & Pocono) and one win (Detroit Race1).
• He is 14th in the championship standings with 334 points, 27 out of 10th and 72 out of fifth.
• Bourdais has finished in the top-10 in all five oval races this year. In addition to today’s 10th place showing he has finished fifth at Pocono, eighth at Iowa and Phoenix and ninth in the, Indy 500.
• The 10th place finish is Bourdais best performance at TMS in four starts surpassing a 14th place showing last year.
• Of Bourdais 32 career oval starts, 23 have come in the last three years.
• Bourdais has made 24 IndyCar oval starts (one start in 2005, the Indy 500) with a best qualifying of fourth at Fontana in 2013.
• His best finish is a win at Milwaukee in 2015, his first on an oval since 2006 also at Milwaukee.
• Bourdais made eight oval starts in Champ Cars earning four victories, Lausitzring, 2003; Las Vegas, 2004 and 2005; Milwaukee, 2006. He captured three poles: Lausitzring, 2003; Las Vegas, 2005 and Milwaukee, 2006.
• This is Bourdais’ 11th Verizon IndyCar Series season and third with KVSH Racing
• In 161 career IndyCar starts, he 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 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 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.
Round 15 of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season will be the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen at Watkins Glen International Raceway in Watkins Glen, NY. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN at 2:00 p.m. ET. It is also available on radio: XM 209 and IMS IndyCar Radio as well as online: IndyCar.com and Verizon IndyCar 15 app.