Seventh – 17.4019 seconds/184.945 mph
Lap 1: 17.8887 seconds
Lap 2: 17.6884 seconds
Total Time/Average Speed: 35.5771 seconds/180.925 mph
Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Quote:
“We were too optimistic with the downforce level given the track conditions with the track temp going up. I was sliding all over the place. The balance was good on the Hydroxycut Chevy machine. I just had no grip. We trimmed a little more than where we were this morning, we went for it, but it was not a smart move. It is what it is”
- Sebastien Bourdais will drive the No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone entry in the Iowa Corn 300.
- Bourdais has qualified in the top-10 in three of the first 11races this season with a best starting position of fifth at Barber Motorsports Park (eighth, St. Petersburg; 10th, Indy GP).
- The 2016 Iowa Corn 300 will be Bourdais’ 158th career Verizon IndyCar Series start, 45th with KVSH Racing, 31st (2016 Texas suspended, but counted) on an oval and fourth at Iowa Speedway.
- Bourdais has a best qualifying position of sixth in 2014 at Iowa Speedway in four attempts.
- In three previous races he has a best finish of ninth in 2015.
- Of Bourdais 30 career oval starts, 21 have come in the last three years.
- Bourdais has made 22 IndyCar oval starts (one start in 2005, the Indy 500) with a best qualifying of fourth at Fontana in 2013. His best finish is a win at Milwaukee in 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, 2004 and 2005; Milwaukee, 2006. He captured three poles: Lausitz, 2003; Las Vegas, 2005 and Milwaukee, 2006.
- Bourdais has finished in the top-10 in five of the nine races completed during the 2016 season with one win (Detroit Race 1).
- He currently sits 14 in the championship standings with 222 points, but just 61 points out of fifth.
- This is Bourdais’ 11th Verizon IndyCar Series season and third with KVSH Racing
- In 157 career IndyCar starts, Bourdais has won 35 races (tied with Bobby Unser for sixth all-time) and taken 33 pole positions (tied for seventh).
- 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.
Round 11 of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season will be the Iowa Corn 300, July 9-10 at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN at 5:00 p.m. ET. It is also available on radio: XM 209 and IMS IndyCar Radio as well as online: IndyCar.com and Verizon IndyCar 15 app.