IN THRILLING INDYCAR GRAND PRIX AT THE GLEN
In what proved to be a thrilling roller coaster ride of a race, Sebastien Bourdais rode the No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT/DPS Nutrition – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone machine to a fifth place finish today in the IndyCar Grand Prix at the Glen on the 3.37-mile, 11-turn Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, NY.
Bourdais, who made his IndyCar debut at the Watkins Glen, qualified a season-high third on the challenging permanent road course yesterday and started the race on the inside of row three. On the opening lap of the contest, Bourdais was surrounded by several charging competitors and hit. The impact spun him out dripping Bourdais to the back of the field in 22nd place, but did not damage the car. Regrouping, the team strategically pitted a bit early, on lap 10, and when the first yellow flag of the race came out shortly thereafter, Bourdais cycled back into 11th place. On the restart, he passed two cars and was sitting in ninth place when the second caution period occurred. Following the restart, Bourdais passed two more cars to move into seventh. He pitted for the second time on lap 30 and rejoined the contest in 12th. Another passed car and an out of sequence car pitting put Bourdais back into the top-10 before his third and final pit stop. Pitting, along with most of the field, on lap 41, Bourdais came back out in 15th place and with 19 laps remaining fuel was at a premium. Those final 19 laps were all run under green flag conditions and most of the field simply could not make it. Bourdais not only went the distance, but had enough fuel to pass a couple more cars. The fifth place finish is his third of the season, second in three races, and finally moved him out of 14th place and into 12th within striking distant of a top-10 finish in the championship with double points available in the season finale in Sonoma in two weeks.
Sebastien Bourdais Race Quote:
“Overall I am pretty happy. The Hydroxycut/DPS Nutrition – KVSH Racing Team was competitive all weekend. It was a tough race and we knew push-to-pass was going to be really important. I didn’t want to use it at the start. That was a mistake because everyone else did and I got swallowed up and got hit. After that it was always going to be a tough race trying to come from the very back. I got a lucky break with the first yellow and then as usual we were really good on fuel, so I wasn’t worried about that. I was getting big vibrations and blisters on the rear tires. The last two or three laps I was really worried. I am just glad it stuck and thanks to our sponsors Hydroxycut, DPS Nutrition and Chevy. I am just really happy for the whole KVSH Racing organization. We had the pace, passed a couple of cars and to finish in the top-five is very satisfying and a heck of an achievement.”
- The 2016 IndyCar Grand Prix at the Glen was 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 10 of the 15 races during the 2016 season with three top-five showings (Detroit Race 1, Pocono and Watkins Glen) and one win (Detroit Race 1).
- He is 142h in the championship standings with 364 points, 16 out of 10th and 63 out of fifth.
- Although he made his first IndyCar start at Watkins Glen, Bourdais previously contested three Rolex Grand-Am Sports car events here, two in 2012 and one in 2013. He finished third and second respectively in 2012 and eighth in 2013.
- Bourdais has qualified in the top-10 in five of the first 15 races this season (all on road or street circuits) with a best starting position of third at Watkins Glen (fifth at Barber Mortorsports Park and Toronto; eighth at St. Petersburg and the Indy GP).
- This is Bourdais’ 11th Verizon IndyCar S eries season and third with KVSH Racing
- In 162 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 16, the season finale, of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season will be the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, September 16-18, at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, CA. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN at 6:30 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.