NO. 11 CALIFORNIA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY – KVSH RACING
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 15-17, 2016
KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais is coming off a solid eighth place finish in Round 2 of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Bourdais currently sits 15th in the championship standings with 33 points, but is just 21 points out of fifth place.
Sebastien Bourdais quotes:“Considering how late things got under way this year, we have had a decent start to the season. We showed some pace in qualifying at St. Petersburg, but had some issues in the race. At Phoenix, we didn’t qualify well, but on race day, the team really came together and we had a solid result (finished eighth). Long Beach, hopefully, will be another step towards running at the front again. I’ve had a lot of success at Long Beach, but the last few years have been more difficult for me, between lack of pace or mistakes. That being said, we salvaged a pretty good sixth place in 2015.”
“The Long Beach circuit is a challenge. There are all types of corners and different surfaces you have to contend with, so getting the right setup is challenging. Because it is a street circuit qualifying is extremely important.”
“It is a great event because of the atmosphere. Next to the Indy 500, it is the premier event on our schedule. You also have to remember that one of our team owners, Kevin Kalkhoven, co-owns the race, so the entire team would like to do well for him.”
“There may also be some added, I don’t want to say pressure, but bragging rights this weekend. Jimmy “KVSH co-owner Jimmy Vasser” is running in the pro-celebrity race. He has won in Long Beach in IndyCars and is a past winner of the pro-celebrity race. The last thing I need is to finish lower than he does in our races.”
- The 2016 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be Bourdais’ 150th career Verizon IndyCar Series start, 37th with KVSH Racing and 11th on the street of Long Beach.
- Bourdais is contesting his 11th Verizon IndyCar Series season and third with KVSH Racing
- In 10 previous appearances in Long Beach, Bourdais has won the race three times (2005, 2006 & 2007. He has started on pole twice (2006 & 2007) and both times won.
- In 149 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 contested 27 Formula One races (2008-2009)
- Bourdais has a strong endurance racing record, including winning the 2015 12 Hours of Sebring and the 2014 Rolex 24 Hours.
- Bourdais, 37, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.