Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix – April 1-2, 2016

KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais is making his Phoenix International Raceway debut this weekend. He is coming off a disappointing 2016 Verizon IndyCar season opener in St. Petersburg, FL where he qualified a solid eighth, but was a victim in a multi-car crash that essentially ended his race in 21st position

Bourdais joined KVSH Racing in 2014 and has had his best two seasons since returning to IndyCar competition in 2011. He has three wins, 2014 Toronto Race 1 and 2015 Detroit Race 2 and Milwaukee, two pole positions, Toronto Race 1 and Mid-Ohio, both in 2014 and finished 10th in the championship both years.

Sebastien Bourdais quotes:
“This will be the first time I have raced at Phoenix International Raceway in an Indy car, so that is always different and a bit of a challenge. We tested there about a month ago and collected a lot of data, but the one thing I know for sure is that it will be a very physically demanding race. We are going to be pulling more G’s (G-force) then we usually do and the racing will be close. We have Chevy power and the new Chevy aero kit, so I know we have a reliable package. We just have to work hard and keep digging and with any luck we can have a good race.”

  • The 2016 Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix will be Bourdais’ 149th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 36th with KVSH Racing, 28th on an oval and first at Phoenix International Raceway.
  • Bourdais is contesting his 11th Verizon IndyCar Series season and third with KVSH Racing
  • Of Bourdais 27 career oval starts, 18 have come in the last three years
  • Bourdais has made 19 IndyCar oval starts with a best qualifying of fourth at Fontana in 2013. His best finish is a victory at Milwaukee, July 12, 2015. It was his first oval win since 2006 also at Milwaukee.
  • Bourdais made eight oval starts in Champ Cars earning four victories: Lausitz, 2003; Las Vegas in 2004 and 2005; Milwaukee 2006 and capturing three poles: Lausitz, 2003; Las Vegas 2005 and Milwaukee in 2006.
  • In 148 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.