Sebastien Bourdais was at the top of the speed charts in two of the three practice sessions before qualifying the No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone machine a season-high tying fifth (also at Barber Motorsports Park) on Saturday. He began today again atop the charts in this morning’s warm-up prior to the start of the Honda Indy Toronto. In the race, Bourdais drove solidly, but was a victim of an untimely yellow flag. He saved fuel during the first stint and led a lap when others had to pit before him. After the first round of stops he moved into fourth place where he remained until his second stop. However, during the second stint there was a second caution because some of the curbing on the track was coming apart. Bourdais pitted for the second time on lap 57 and emerged in 14th place with several cars needing to pit within a few laps and four out of sequence with their fuel strategy and, in theory, needing to stop for fuel late in the race. When the third caution of the race came out shortly after Bourdais second stop, six of the cars in front of him pitted moving him into eighth place. Four of the cars now ahead of him appeared to be short on fuel and needed to pit one more time or get several laps under the yellow flag.to make it to the end of the race. Bourdais passed one of the cars to move into seventh place. One of the cars was able to pit and get out ahead of Bourdais. Two others got the necessary yellow laps in the closing laps of the race leaving Bourdais with a seventh place finish.
Sebastien Bourdais Race Quote:
“Obviously it was not the result the Hydroxycut – KVSH Racing Team was looking for today. I think the car was better than that, it was hooked up, but we seem to degrade the red tires too much. On blacks we seem to be strong. The real problem was that yellow for “track repair.” It was a killer because I was managing the red tires at that point, which were falling off really bad, and once the yellow came out I had to make the restart on those and it was game over. I am disappointed about the result, but in the group of guys that were with us, we are not the ones who came out the worst. It is not where we want to finish, but we did the best with what we had.”
• The 2016 Honda Indy Toronto was Bourdais’ 159th career Verizon IndyCar Series start, 46th with KVSH Racing and 13th on the streets of Toronto.
• In 13 starts on the streets of Toronto, Bourdais has now finished in the top-10 a total of 12 times including eight top-five finishes, five podiums and two wins (2014 and 2004).
• Bourdais has finished in the top-10 in seven of the 11 races completed (Texas suspended) during the 2016 season with one win (Detroit Race 1).
• He is 14th in the championship standings with 273 points, 20 out of 10th and 71 out of fifth.
• 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.
Round 13 of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season will be the Honda Indy 200, July 29-31, at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. 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.