Iowa Corn 300 – Iowa Speedway – July 9-10, 2016
Round 11 of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Season

KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais was hit from behind on the first lap two weeks ago at Kohler Grand Prix basically ending his race. He finished 18th. Bourdais remains 14th in the championship race with 222 points, but is just 61 points out of fifth.

Sebastien Bourdais Quotes:
“We made progress with our short oval setup at the Iowa test last week, but the Hydroxycut machine still isn’t 100% comfortable and the track’s become trickier than ever. They did a pretty nice job in Turns 1 and 2, shaving some of the bumps, but they are still popping up and now there are bumps in Turns 3 and 4 where they had to patch the surface, so the grip is very uneven. We had a tough qualifying session in Iowa last year with a spin, but came back from last place to finish in the top-10. Providing I don’t make any mistake in qualify, I think we can have a pretty good result.”

Fast Facts:

  • Sebastien Bourdais will drive the No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone entry in the Iowa Corn 300.
  • The 2016 Iowa Corn 300 will be Bourdais’ 158th career Verizon IndyCar Series start, 45th with KVSH Racing, 31st (2016 Texas suspended, but counted) on an oval and fourth at Iowa Speedway.
  • In three starts at Iowa Speedway, Bourdais has a best qualifying position of sixth in 2014 and a best finish of ninth in 2015.
  • Of Bourdais 30 career oval starts, 21 have come in the last three years.
  • Bourdais has made 22 IndyCar oval starts (one start in 2005, the Indy 500) with a best qualifying of fourth at Fontana in 2013. His best finish is a win at Milwaukee in 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 and Milwaukee, 2006.
  • Bourdais has finished in the top-10 in five of the nine races completed during the 2016 season with one win (Detroit Race 1).
  • This is Bourdais’ 11th Verizon IndyCar Series season and third with KVSH Racing
  • In 157 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.