Iowa Corn 300 Race Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone entry was seventh on the speed charts after both practice sessions yesterday, but qualified 16th for the Iowa Corn 300. He drove a solid race picking his way through the field and moving into 11th place after the first round of pit stops. Bourdais cracked the top-10 for good, at No. 10, on approximately lap 130 of the 300-lap contest. He stayed in the top-10 for the final 170 laps getting as high as sixth before finishing eighth.
Sebastien Bourdais Race Day Quote:
“It was a very average day although the result was pretty decent considering we started 16th. The Hydroxycut – Chevy machine was way too slow. We went conservative on the downforce and had way more downforce than anyone else. Overall we just weren’t competitive pace wise. We got a little lucky, although we created some of our luck. We stayed out late on many stints, which was the result of running a lot of downforce so we were taking pretty good care of the tires. We were getting passed early, but we passed a couple of cars toward the end of the runs. There was just no speed in the car, which is always frustrating when you are behind the wheel. On top of that I stalled the car on the last pit stop. I am not quite sure what happened there. So it was just a tough day at the office, but the Hydroxycut – KVSH guys did a good job and we got some decent points.”
- This is Bourdais’ best finish at Iowa Speedway in four attempts. His previous high was a ninth in 2015.
- Bourdais has finished in the top-10 in six of the 10 races completed during the 2016 season with one win (Detroit Race 1).
- He has finished in the top-10 in all three oval races completed this year (eight – Iowa and Phoenix; Ninth, Indy 500)
- The 16th place starting position is his best on an oval this year, 18th at Phoenix, 19th at the Indy 500 and 19th at Texas. His best qualifying position this year is fifth on the road circuit at Barber Motorsports Park).
- Bourdais remains 14th in the championship standings with 246 points.
- This is Bourdais’ 11th Verizon IndyCar Series season and third with KVSH Racing
- The 2016 Iowa Corn 300 was 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.
- Of Bourdais 31 career oval starts, 22 have come in the last three years.
- Bourdais has made 23 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.
- In 158 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, 37, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Round 12 of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season will be the Honda Indy Toronto, July 15-17 on the temporary street circuit in Toronto, Canada. The race will be broadcast live on CNBC at 2:30 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.