NO. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH RACING CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE
Firestone 600 (Restart) – August 27, 2016
Round 9 of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Season
KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais is coming off his best oval finish of the season a fifth place showing at Pocono Raceway. The fifth place showing is his best on a super-speedway (1.5 miles or more) since returning to IndyCar competition in 2011 surpassing a seventh place showing in the 2014 Indianapolis 500. He won at Lausitzring in 2003. Bourdais is 14th in the championship standings with 314 points, 19 points out of 10th place and 70 out of fifth with three races remaining in the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
- Sebastien Bourdais will drive the No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone entry in the restart of the Firestone 600.
- The restart of the 2016 Firestone 600 is Bourdais’ 161st career Verizon IndyCar Series start, 48th with KVSH Racing, 32nd on an oval and fourth at Texas Motor Speedway.*The Firestone 600 has already been counted as a start in the above numbers.
- In four starts (three complete races) at TMS, Bourdais has a best qualifying position of 17th (started 15th) in 2013 and a best finish of 14th last year.
- Bourdais has finished in the top-10 in eight of the 13 races completed during the 2016 season (Texas suspended) with two top-five showings (Detroit Race 1 and Pocono) and one win (Detroit Race
- Bourdais has finished in the top-10 in all four oval races completed this year (fifth, Pocono; eighth, Iowa and Phoenix; ninth in the, Indy 500).
- Bourdais’ best starting position on an oval this year is 16th at Iowa (18th at Phoenix and Pocono, 19th at the Indy 500 and Texas). His best qualifying position this year is fifth on the road circuit at Barber Motorsports Park).
- Of Bourdais 32 career oval starts, 23 have come in the last three years.
- Bourdais has made 24 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, Lausitzring, 2003; Las Vegas, 2004 and 2005; Milwaukee, 2006. He captured three poles: Lausitzring, 2003; Las Vegas, 2005 and Milwaukee, 2006.
- This is Bourdais’ 11th Verizon IndyCar Series season and third with KVSH Racing
- In 161 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.