Qualified: Eighth (started seventh)
“Obviously, not the way we wanted to start the season. I am disappointed for our sponsors and want to thank all of them, Hydroxycut, Europa, Mouser, Molex, Plantronics, GEICO, American Racing Wheels, everyone, for their support. The good news is that we had pace and qualified eighth. Unfortunately, we got involved in that melee that destroyed any chance we had of a solid finish. This is only the first race and we are going to have to work very hard to ensure we have a good season. Hopefully, with a couple of weeks to prepare for the next few races, that time together will help.”
- The 2016 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg was Bourdais’ 148th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 35th with KVSH Racing and sixth on the streets of St. Petersburg (seventh appearance, did not start in 2011).
- In six starts at St. Pete, Bourdais best finish is sixth last year.
- Bourdais is contesting his 11th Verizon IndyCar Series season and third with KVSH Racing.
- He has won 34 races and taken 33 pole positions, tying him for seventh on the all-time list in each category.
- Bourdais is the only driver to win four consecutive IndyCar championships, taking the title in 2004 – 2007 (Champ Car World Series).
- Bourdais contested 27 Formula One races (2008-2009)
- Bourdais, 37, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Round two of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season will be the Phoenix Grand Prix at Phoenix International Raceway in Phoenix, AZ, April 2.
TV Broadcast: Live NBC Sports Network at 8:30 p.m. ET
Radio Broadcast: XM 209 and IMS IndyCar Radio
Online: IndyCar.com and Verizon IndyCar 15 app