Sebastien Bourdais, in the No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone machine, concluded the first day of practice for Sunday’s IndyCar Grand Prix at the Glen ninth on the combined practice report following two practice sessions today. Bourdais was second on the speed charts in the morning (first) practice running his fastest lap on the last of the 11 timed laps he completed during the session, which was originally scheduled for 45-minutes, but was shortened due to an extended red flag. In the afternoon practice he posted theninthfastest lap on the 3.37-mile, 11-turn Watkins Glen International permanent road course during an unusually long two-hour session. Tomorrow’s practice session is from 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. followed by qualifying from 3:00 – 4:15 p.m. Bourdais is making his IndyCar debut this weekend at Watkins Glen International. He previously contested three Rolex Grand-Am Sports Car races at the Glen, two in 2012 and one in 2013, finishing on the podium, third and second respectively, in both of the 2012 events.
Practice Session No. 1: Second – 84.2547 seconds/143.992 mph
Practice Session No. 2: Ninth – 83.6582 seconds/145.019 mph
Combined Practice Report: Ninth – 83.6582 seconds/145.019 mph
Sebastien Bourdais Practice Quote:
“Overall, a good day for the Hydroxycut – KVSH Racing Team. We tried, and found, some good things, but it feels like we are losing touch with the front when the track grips up. Towards the end, physically, I think it took a toll and I didn’t extract the best out of the car so that’s a bit frustrating. We are going to make a couple of adjustments and see if we can make it a bit easier to drive because the car is really quick, but if you can’t run the wheel it doesn’t really help. It’s just a matter of getting the best out of the car. We will come back tomorrow and see what we can do.”
- The 2016 IndyCar Grand Prix at the Glen will be Bourdais’ 162nd career Verizon IndyCar Series start, 49th with KVSH Racing and first in an Indy car at Watkins Glen.
- Bourdais has finished in the top-10 in nine of the 14 races during the 2016 season with two top-five showings (Detroit Race 1 and Pocono) and one win (Detroit Race 1).
- He is 14th in the championship standings with 334 points, 27 out of 10th and 72 out of fifth.
- Bourdais has qualified in the top-10 in four of the first 14 races this season (all on road or street circuits) with a best starting spot of fifth at Toronto and Barber Motorsports Park (eighth at St. Petersburg and the Indy GP).
- Bourdais has advanced past the first round of road/street course qualifying in five of eight events this year. He did not advance at Long beach, Detroit Race 1 and Mid-Ohio (Detroit Race 2 was a single round of qualifying so is not included). Bourdais has made the Firestone Fast Six twice (Toronto and Barber).
- 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.
Round 15 of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season will be the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen at Watkins Glen International Raceway in Watkins Glen, NY. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN at 2:00 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.