NO. 11 TEAM MISTC E-CIGS – KVSH RACING CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE
Qualified: 24th DNQ (lightly hit wall in turn 2 on second qualifying lap)
“It was a really good effort from the Mistic E-Cigs Chevy team. We did everything we could hope for. I had a massive vibration on the second to last stint, so we came in on the early side of the window. I ran really hard laps on that set of tires to try and make up some ground, and we did getting up to sixth, but that last yellow really hurt us. Unfortunately, it gave some guys the opportunity to get a new set of tires and we couldn’t because we had used up so many tires early in the race. Then the restart was such a mess. We got bottled up by guys that were a lap down who were fighting like they were trying to win the race. That allowed all the guys that were at the back of the pack on new tires to come through. You have to feel good about going from 24th to ninth and the fact that over the last two races we have really improved the car and our performance on ovals, but to get up to sixth and end up ninth, that is always tough. But, with the debacle of qualifying, I guess we have to be pretty happy with tonight’s result.” .
* The 2015 Iowa Corn 300 was Bourdais’ 144th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 31st with KVSH Racing, 26th on an oval and third at Iowa Speedway.
* Bourdais earned 23 points tonight and remains sixth in the championship standings with 366 points, just 37 points out of second.
* In the first 13 races of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season, Bourdais has earned eight top-10 finishes with four top-five showings and two wins, (Detroit Race 2 and Milwaukee).
* Bourdais earned his best finish in three starts at Iowa tonight (ninth) with a best qualifying position of sixth (2014).
* Bourdais has qualified in the top-10 seven out of the 11 times a qualifying session has been held this year missing only on the ovals at Texas, qualified 18th; Fontana, 15th, Milwaukee, 11th and Iowa, 24th).
* Bourdais has started in the top-10 nine times in the 13 races this year (started sixth at NOLA and ninth at Detroit Race 2 when the field was gridded by points because qualifying was rained out).
* Bourdais’ victory last weekend at Milwaukee was his first oval win since his victory there in 2006.
NO. 4 KV RACING TECHNOLOGY CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE
Qualified: 13th (2-lap average 179.898mph / total time 35.7803 seconds)
“I thought it was going to be a good race. I had my best qualifying performance on an oval and the car felt good. Unfortunately at the beginning of the race I got hit by Charlie Kimball and then had to pit for a new rear wing and lost five laps. I could then only gain a lap back when there was a yellow, so managed to get from five to three. I was pushing really hard to pass some cars and then lost it in turn two and hit the wall.”
* Coletti had his best qualifying today, starting 13th, his previous best was 19th at Milwaukee last weekend. His best finish is 11th at Fontana.
* Coletti made his 13th Verizon IndyCar start today, 13th with KV Racing Technology, fifth on an oval and first at Iowa Speedway.
* He made his oval debut this year at the Indianapolis 500. He is the second Monegasque driver to start there (Louis Chiron in 1929 was the other).
* His best finish on a road/street course is 8th (GP of Indianapolis) and best qualifying is also 8th (Detroit Race 1).
* Coletti, a rookie picked up 10 points today and sits 20th in the championship standings with 160 points.
Round 14 of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series will be the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH on August 2, 2015.
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