Qualified: 7th
Lap 1: 225.559 mph
Lap 2: 225.346 mph
Lap 3: 224.859 mph
Lap 4: 225.010 mph
Average Speed: 225.193 mph

“I had one big moment. On my first lap I got one big gust (of wind) out of turn two going into turn three and I almost hit the fence. Other than that the run was pretty much under control. It was very consistent. We didn’t make any changes after the morning practice when we didn’t have the speed we wanted, the Hydroxycut Haus Vaporizer guys just rubbed on the car. At that point the worst thing you can do is overreact. The balance was alright it was just a matter of being more consistent and gaining a little bit of speed. The guys found a little problem with the floor and maybe that is what made the difference. I just tried to keep on top of my tools to make sure the scrub was at a minimum. We didn’t expect the speed I ran, so I can’t be any happier with the way qualifying turned out. Hats off to the Hydroxycut Haus Vaporizer crew. They did a really good job preparing the car.”

Fast Facts:

  • This is Bourdais’ best qualifying position in five attempts at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His previous high was 15th(2005, 2013).
  • In four previous start his best finish is seventh (2014).
  • Bourdais has qualified in the top-10 all five times this season (St. Petersburg, sixth; Long Beach, ninth; Barber, GP of Indianapolis and Indy 500, seventh) and will start in the top-10 for the sixth time in six races this year (started sixth at NOLA when field gridded by points due to weather).
  • Bourdais has finished in the top-10 in four of the first five races of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season (St. Petersburg, sixth; Long Beach, sixth, Alabama, eighth and the GP of Indy, fourth). He was also running sixth before a late pit stop at NOLA dropped him out of the top-10. He was then collected in an incident and finished 21st.
  • Bourdais sits ninth in the championship standings with 123 points, just 21 out of fifth place.
  • The 2015 Indianapolis 500 will be Bourdais’ 137th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 22nd on an oval, 24th with KVSH Racing and fifth at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • Of Bourdais’ 21 career oval starts, 12 have come in the last two years.
  • Bourdais has made 14 IndyCar oval starts with a best qualifying of fourth at Fontana in 2013 and a best finish of seventh at the Indianapolis 500 last year.
  • Bourdais made seven oval starts in Champ Cars earning four victories: Lausitz in 2003, Las Vegas in 2004, 2005, and Milwaukee 2006.


Qualified: 33rd

First attempt:
Lap 1: 219.522 mph
Lap 2: 221.309 mph
Lap 3: 220.241 mph
Lap 4: 221.030 mph
Four-lap average: 220.523 mph

Bump Day/second attempt:
Lap 1: 221.193 mph
Lap 2: 221.356 mph
Lap 3: 221.393 mph
Lap 4: 221.487 mph
Four-lap average: 221.358 mph

First Attempt Quote:
“We didn’t feel really good about that run. The car felt good but we lost all of the speed we had earlier today. We have to go find it, we were flat.”

Second Attempt Quote:
“We’re in the show, we have to get back into race mode and we are way more
confident in that. We got a little overzealous in our first run and then we
were able to do a little better the second time around. The stress that I
went through made me feel as old as Buddy (Lazier)”

“Turn 2 cushion wasn’t quite as high as I would of liked but we got her in
the show.”

Fast Facts:

  • The 2015 Indianapolis 500 will be Clauson’s second Verizon IndyCar Series start, first with KVSH/Jonathan Byrd’s Racing and second at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • In his previous Indy 500 start, Clauson qualified 31st and finished 30th with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing in 2012
  • Clauson competes full-time in the National Sprint League in Winged Sprint cars. He currently sits third in the championship standings with 829 points, 156 out of first.
  • In 2011, Clauson ran six Indy Lights races for Sam Schmidt Motorsports earning five top-10 finishes including four top-five showings, a podium (third) at Iowa and took the pole for the Freedom 100 at IMS. In 2012, he ran two Indy Lights events for Fan Force United placing 10th at both Milwaukee and Iowa.