“It was a less than perfect race from my end. I made too many mistakes and I feel bad for the guys because they really deserved a better finish than eighth. I think we had a “P” (positon) three or four car, but I locked up going into the pit box and made a mess of it. Then a Penske car got me to go around his outside in turn three and four after a restart. There was already marbles and I hit the wall. I guess after that it was pretty much salvation and a bonus because it is very rare that you actually manage to hit the wall and finish the race on an oval. I feel very lucky about that and just glad we could get some points. It is not the best we could have done, but the guys did a solid job in the pits and we are becoming a team again.”
- Bourdais has finished 21st (St. Petersburg) and eighth (Phoenix) in the first two races of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
- The 2016 Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix was Bourdais’ 149th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 36th with KVSH Racing, 28th on an oval and first at Phoenix International Raceway.
- Of Bourdais 28 career oval starts, 19 have come in the last three years.
- Bourdais has made 20 IndyCar oval starts with a best qualifying of fourth at Fontana in 2013.
- His best finish is a win at Milwaukee, July 12, 2015, his first on an oval since 2006 also at Milwaukee.
- Bourdais made eight oval starts in Champ Cars earning four victories: Lausitz, 2003; Las Vegas, 2004 and 2005; Milwaukee 2006. He captured three poles: Lausitz, 2003; Las Vegas 2005; Milwaukee 2006.
- Bourdais is contesting his 11th Verizon IndyCar Series season and third with KVSH Racing
- In 149 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, 37, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida
Round 3 of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season will be the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 15-17, on the streets of Long Beach, CA. The race will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network at 4:00 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