NO. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH RACING CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE
ABC Supply 500 – Pocono Speedway – August 20-21, 2016
Round 14 of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Season
KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais is coming off a strong, but disappointing race at Mid-Ohio. He qualified 16th, but with the help of a solid strategy was running in fifth place with just a few laps remaining when he had an incident with Takuma Sato. The resulting damage knocked Bourdais out of the race placing him 20th. Bourdais remains 14th in the championship race with 283 points, 35 out of 10th and 74 out of fifth.
Sebastien Bourdais Quote:
“Pocono is a very unusual oval. It has some very unique characteristics, which is, of course, why it is called the ‘Tricky Triangle’. I think we have made progress with the Hydroxycut machine with our oval set up, but unfortunately we did not test at Pocono, so we won’t know for sure where we are until we get there. Chevy has given us great power and the best aero package, which has helped us finish in the top-10 on every oval so far this year. Hopefully, we can do even better this weekend at Pocono and position ourselves for a strong finish to the season.”
- Sebastien Bourdais will drive the No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone entry in the ABC Supply 500.
- The 2016 ABC Supply 500 will be Bourdais’ 161st career Verizon IndyCar Series start, 48th with KVSH Racing, 32nd (2016 Texas suspended, but counted) on an oval and fourth at Pocono Speedway.
- In three previous appearances at Pocono, Bourdais has a best qualifying position of 10th (2015) and a best finish of 16th (2013 and 2014).
- Bourdais has finished in the top-10 in seven of the 12 races completed during the 2016 season (Texas suspended) with one win (Detroit Race 1).
- He has finished in the top-10 in all three oval races completed this year (Eighth – Iowa and Phoenix; Ninth, Indy 500)
- Bourdais best starting position on an oval this year is 16th at Iowa (18th at Phoenix, 19th at the Indy 500 and 19th at Texas). His best qualifying position this year is fifth on the road circuit at Barber Motorsports Park).
- This is Bourdais’ 11th Verizon IndyCar Series season and third with KVSH Racing
- Of Bourdais 31 career oval starts, 22 have come in the last three years.
- Bourdais has made 23 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.
- In 160 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 won from the pole at the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours this year in the GTE Pro category. He has another pole and three runner-up finishes (2007, 2009 and 2011) in 10 previous starts in his hometown. Bourdais has also won the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans in 2015 and the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2014 (was runner-up in 2015),
- Bourdais, 37, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.