No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone
Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix – April 1 – Qualifying
Lap 1: 185.679 mph/19.8148 secs
Lap 2: 187.416 mph/19.6312 secs
Average Speed/Total Time: 186.544 mph/39.4460 secs
“This morning the Hydroxycut machine had a lot of understeer. So for this afternoon we made some changes, but it is always tough when you go into qualifying with a question about what you have. The car was very free going into the turns and started to push mid-corner and out, so I wasn’t sure what to do. I backed out of the tools, but it wasn’t enough to pull a good run. I am not quite sure what happened, but we will take a look at the data, make some changes for tonight’s practice and see what we can do in the race tomorrow.”
- The 2016 Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix will be Bourdais’ 149th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 36th with KVSH Racing, 28th on an oval and first at Phoenix International Raceway.
- Bourdais has now qualified eighth (St. Petersburg) and 15th (Phoenix) in the first two races of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
- Of Bourdais 27 career oval starts, 18 have come in the last three years
- Bourdais has made 19 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.
- Bourdais made eight oval starts in Champ Cars earning four victories: Lausitz, 2003; Las Vegas in 2004 and 2005; Milwaukee 2006. He captured three poles: Lausitz, 2003; Las Vegas 2005 and Milwaukee in 2006.
- Bourdais is contesting his 11th Verizon IndyCar Series season and third with KVSH Racing
- In 148 career IndyCar starts, Bourdais 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, 37, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix is Round No. 2 of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network at 8:30 p.m. ET. It is also available on radio: XM 209 and IMS IndyCar Radio as well as online: IndyCar.com and Verizon IndyCar 16 app