100th Running of the Indianapolis 500
Bourdais P9, Brabham P22, Wilson P28
Indianapolis 500 Post-Race Reports
Sebastien Bourdais Race Day quote:
“It was a very interesting day for the Hydroxycut – KVSH Racing Team. A very strange race for us. We unfortunately could not run what we wanted to run during the last practice on Friday and that was detrimental because it was very powerful to adjust understeer in traffic and we ran out of it the last third of the race. The car was pretty decent compared to most in traffic toward the end, once I got it figured out, but I was maxed out on the adjustments. There was a lot more potential in the car and we could have adjusted a couple more things, but we had a bad second to last pit stop. We went from a possible top-five finish to a top-10, which is always disappointing. However, we still recovered from 20th to ninth, so we have to look at the bright side of the story, but for sure it is disappointing when you feel like you left something on the table.”
Sebastien Bourdais Fast Facts:
• Sebastien Bourdais drove the No. 11 Team Hydroxycut – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone entry in 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
• The 2016 Indianapolis 500 will be Bourdais’ 153rd career Verizon IndyCar Series start, 40th with KVSH Racing, 29th on an oval and sixth on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval.
• In six starts at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Bourdais has two top-10 finishes with a best showing of seventh in 2014 (to go with today’s ninth place finish).
• In the first five races of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season, Bourdais has finished in the top-10 three times, ninth at Indy, eighth at Phoenix and ninth at Long Beach.
• Of Bourdais 29 career oval starts, 20 have come in the last three years.
• Bourdais has made 21 IndyCar oval starts with a best qualifying of fourth at Fontana in 2013. His best finish is a win at Milwaukee, July 12, 2015, his first on an oval since 2006 also at Milwaukee.
• He made eight oval starts in Champ Cars earning four victories: Lausitz, 2003; Las Vegas, 2004 and 2005; Milwaukee
2006. He captured three poles: Lausitz, 2003; Las Vegas 2005; Milwaukee 2006.
Rounds 7 and 8 of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season will be the Dual in Detroit, Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 on the temporary street circuit on Belle Isle in Detroit, MI. Both races will be broadcast live on ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET. They are also available on radio: XM 209 and IMS IndyCar Radio as well as online: IndyCar.com and Verizon IndyCar 15 app.
KV Racing Technology's Stefan Wilson contests first Indianapolis 500
Stefan Wilson Race Day Quote:
“Disappointing to not be able to bring home the No. 25 Driven2SaveLives car and make it to the finish. Unfortunately, a fuel leak started happening maybe on the 100th lap caused an electrical fire and disabled the gearbox so when we went on that final restart during lap 104, it wouldn’t shift out of third gear. We tried to solve the issue and took the car back to the garage, came back out and the issue persisted so we had to call it a day. The No. 25 Driven2SaveLives Chevy was handling really well and we made a great start going 30th to 24th on the first lap and really felt that the car was getting going and I felt like we had some more speed in there that we just had to make adjustments on the pit stop and I think we would’ve been in really good shape, we could’ve brought home a top 15 finish today but you know, that’s racing – there’s always mishaps and unfortunately that’s what happened today. Overall, it was a good month, we ran a lot of laps and I’ve learned a lot about running an IndyCar here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, I think that’s going to help me in future years if I’m able to come back here and race again. I know now what I want to achieve from the car handling and I think if I do come back next year, I’m already so far developed from where I started just under two weeks ago. It seems as though a lot of time has passed but it’s crazy to think it has only been two weeks.”