STEFANO COLETTI

NO. 4 KV RACING TECHNOLOGY CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE

Qualifying:
Lap 1: 212.383 mph / 24.6630 secs
Lap 2: 211.478 mph / 24.7685 secs
Average Speed: 211.930 mph
Qualified: 23rd

“It was the first time for me on a high banked oval. To be honest any ovals are new to me. Unfortunately in practice this morning we had a problem with the car, which mean’t I lost about 35 minutes of the session and on a track like this you need as much track time as possible especially when you only have one 75 minutes session before qualifying. It was my first time with a half way trim for qualifying as we didn’t have enough time to be fully trimmed out and it was ok, but we could have done more. We will work on our race setup this evening, it will be a little easier with cooler track temps and luckily oval races are long so it wont matter quite so much where we start.”

Commenting on his second oval experience and first at Texas:

“Indianapolis and Texas are completely different. Here it is pretty hard, almost like riding a roller coaster, it squishes you down like you were going up and down on a ride. It is a lot of fun to drive and to be honest the first time I got on track this morning, I thought ‘wow this is banked’ but I think by tomorrow I will be used to it.”

Fast facts:
* Coletti qualified for his second oval race in his racing career
* He made his oval debut at the Indianapolis 500 this year
* This is Coletti’s best oval start, his previous best was 30th at the Indianapolis 500.
* Coletti’s best road/street qualifying is eighth (Detroit Race 1) and his best finish is also eighth at the GP of Indy
* Coletti sits 20th in the championship standings with 75 points.
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS
NO.11 TEAM HYDROXYCUT – KVSH RACING CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE

Qualifying:
Lap 1: 24.3140 secs
Lap 2: 24.3429 secs
Average Speed: 215.303
Qualified: 18th

“I think the Hydroxycut machine is a good race car. It’s just in qualifying trim we didn’t get it right. That is the problem with just one practice session before qualifying. We didn’t get a good read, so in qualifying the car was a bit too free and we didn’t take enough downforce out. It’s a shame. It is going to make our life a bit harder tomorrow starting 18th.”

Fast facts:
* The 2015 Firestone 500 will be Bourdais’ 140th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 23rd on an oval, 27th with KVSH Racing and third in an Indy car at Texas Motor Speedway.
* This is the first time this season Bourdais has failed to qualify in the top-10 when a qualifying session was held.
* Bouradais will start in the top-10 for the eighth time in nine races this year (started sixth at NOLA and ninth at Detroit Race 2 when the field was gridded by points because qualifying rained out.).
* Bourdais has a best qualifying spot of sixth, (St. Petersburg and Detroit Race 1) this year.
* Bourdais has a best qualifying spot of 17th (started 15th) in three attempts at TMS. He has qualified 18th twice, in 2014 and this year.
* In two previous races at TMS, Bourdais has a best finish of 20th both times (2013 and 2014.
* Bourdais won the 2005 IROC race at TMS.
* Bourdais has made 15 IndyCar oval starts with a best qualifying of fourth at Fontana in 2013 and a best finish of seventh at the Indianapolis 500 last year.
* Bourdais made seven oval starts in Champ Cars earning four victories: Lausitz in 2003, Las Vegas in 2004, 2005, and Milwaukee 2006.
* Of Bourdais’ 22 career oval starts, 13 have come in the last three years.
* Bourdais is sixth in the championship standings with 228 points with five top-10 finishes in the first eight races with two top-five showings and one win, last weekend in Detroit Race 2.