Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – March 11 – 13, 2016

Four-time series champion Sebastien Bourdais is back with KVSH Racing for a third year and contesting his 11th Verizon IndyCar Series season. Since joining the team in 2014, he has had his best two seasons since returning to IndyCar competition in 2011. In 2014, he won Toronto Race 1, captured two poles (Toronto Race 1 and Mid-Ohio) and finished 10th in the championship standings. The win and poles were his first in an Indy car since 2007. In 2015, he doubled up on his wins taking the checkered flag at both Detroit Race 2 and Milwaukee in route to his second consecutive 10th place finish in the standings. The win at Milwaukee was his first on an oval since, ironically, Milwaukee in 2006. Bourdais is the first KVSH driver to have wins in back-to-back season and the first to win multiple races in a single season.

Sebastien Bourdais quotes:

“I live in St. Petersburg, so it is my home race and it is an honor to represent the city during race weekend. Other than a pole in my first race in 2003, I haven’t really had the success I would like. I don’t feel any additional pressure to do well…but it’s nice to be able to sleep in my own bed and have friends and family at the track.”

“I am looking forward to the start of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season. We’ve had a long off season, so it will be good to be back racing in the No. 11 Hydroxycut – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone car. We only tested once at Phoenix and once at Sebring a week ago. Now it is go time and I wish we could have done more. We also lost a lot of good guys but thankfully my race engineer stayed with me, and we should be able to hit the ground running, leaning on the good base setups we found last year.”

The 2016 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be Bourdais’ 148th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 35th with KVSH Racing and sixth on the streets of St. Petersburg (seventh appearance, did not start in 2011).

In five previous starts at St. Pete, Bourdais has a pole and a best finish of sixth last year.

Bourdais is contesting his 11th Verizon IndyCar Series season and third with KVSH Racing.

In 147 career IndyCar starts, Bourdais has won 34 races and taken 33 pole positions, tying him for seventh on the all-time list in each category.

Bourdais is the only driver to win four consecutive IndyCar championships, taking the title in 2004 – 2007 (Champ Car World Series).

Bourdais contested 27 Formula One races (2008-2009)

Bourdais has a strong endurance racing record, including winning the 2015 12 Hours of Sebring and the 2014 Rolex 24 Hours.

Bourdais, 37, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Career Statistics

  • Seasons 10
  • Top-Five 66
  • Career Starts 147
  • Top-10 87
  • Wins 34
  • Poles 33
  • Podium 51
  • Laps Led 2,433

2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Statistics

  • Starts 16
  • Top-10 8
  • Wins 2
  • Poles 0
  • Podiums 2
  • Laps Led 145
  • Top-Five 4