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Bourdais Has Solid Race in Long Beach

Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais drove a solid race and finished 11th  today in the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Bourdais, in the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne with Vasser-Sullivan car, started 14th on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit, He passed three cars in the first 13 laps to move into 11th place and battled throughout the rest of the contest as he fought to finish in the top-10. Bourdais earned 19 points today and is now eighth in the championship standings with 91 points.

Sebastien Bourdais Race Quote:
“The No. 18 SealMaster Honda car seemed pretty solid early in the race and I was able to make a couple of moves. As the race went on the balance got away from us and I picked up more and more understeer. I tried and tried to pass Rosenqvist (Felix), but he defended and I could never get by. At the end, I just tried to save the car and made sure I didn’t make any mistakes. We’ll just take our 11th place finish and move on.”

Fast Facts:
In 14 races on the streets of Long Beach, Bourdais has finished in the top-10 seven times with three wins, 2005, 2006 and 2007. Bourdais and Al Unser Jr. are the only drivers to win the Long Beach Grand Prix three consecutive times. Al Jr. did it from 1989 to 1991.

In the first four races of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season, Bourdais has two top five finishes including a podium (third at Barber) and a fifth at COTA, to go with today’s 11th place showing and a 24th place finish in the season opener at St. Petersburg, Fla. (non-team related issue ended his race early).

Bourdais was inducted into the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach “Walk of Fame” on Thursday, April 11. He joins Dale Coyne with Vasser- Sullivan co-owner Jimmy Vasser who was inducted in 2011.

Bourdais did double duty at Long Beach. In addition to driving the No. 18 Team SealMaster – DCRVS entry he finished fourth for Ganassi Racing in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship event subbing for Joey Hand. The last driver to run both races at Long Beach was Ryan Hunter-Reay in 2016.

Bourdais is contesting his 14th NTT IndyCar Series season, fourth with Dale Coyne Racing and second with Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan.

The 2019 Acura Indy Grand Prix of Long Beach was Bourdais’ 192nd NTT IndyCar Series start and 14th on the streets of Long Beach.

In 192 career IndyCar starts, Bourdais has won 37 races (sixth all-time) and captured 34 pole positions (seventh all time).

Bourdais is the only driver to win four consecutive IndyCar championships (2004 – 2007).

Bourdais, 40, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Next Race:
Next up for Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan is Round 5 of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season, the INDYCAR Grand Prix, May 9-11, on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road circuit in Speedway, IN.

Bourdais Just Misses Advancing in AGPLB Qualifying

Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais missed advancing to the second round of qualifying by five hundredths of a second and will start 14th in tomorrow’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Bourdais, behind the wheel of the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan entry, went out in Group 2 in Round 1 of qualifying on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit. He posted a fast lap of 67.3135 seconds putting him seventh in his group of 12 drivers and therefore did not advance to the second round.

Sebastien Bourdais Race Quote:
“The No. 18 SealMaster Honda guys did a really good job. We turned things around pretty good this morning and I think we have a good race car. I really thought we would be right there in qualifying. Then sure enough in the heat we picked up a bit of understeer. That kind of killed me on the reds (Firestone alternate tire). I was just missing the flow and it’s always so close here. It’s a shame. The problem is when you start 14th, it’s not going to be an easy task, but we will fight and see what we can get tomorrow.”

Fast Facts:
Bourdais has qualified in the top-10 eight times with two poles, 2006 and 2007, in 14 attempts at Long Beach. In 13 previous races he has finished in the top-10 seven times with three wins, 2005, 2006 and 2007. Bourdais and Al Unser Jr. are the only drivers to win the Long Beach Grand Prix three consecutive times. Al Jr. did it from 1989 to 1991.

In the first four races of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season, Bourdais has a best qualifying effort of fifth last week at Barber. His first two qualifying efforts were plagued by red flags and he ended up starting 19th in the season opener at St. Petersburg, FL and 17th at Austin, TX to go with today’s 14th place qualifying position.

Bourdais was inducted into the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach “Walk of Fame” on Thursday, April 11. He joins Dale Coyne with Vasser- Sullivan co-owner Jimmy Vasser who was inducted in 2011.

Bourdais is doing double duty at Long Beach. In addition to driving the No. 18 Team SealMaster – DCRVS entry he will compete with Ganassi Racing in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship event subbing for Joey Hand who has flu like symptoms. The last driver to run both races at Long Beach was Ryan Hunter-Reay in 2016.

Bourdais is contesting his 14th NTT IndyCar Series season, fourth with Dale Coyne Racing and second with Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan.

The 2019 Acura Indy Grand Prix of Long Beach will be Bourdais’ 192nd NTT IndyCar Series start and 14th on the streets of Long Beach.

In 191 career IndyCar starts, Bourdais has won 37 races (sixth all-time) and captured 34 pole   positions (seventh all time).

Bourdais is the only driver to win four consecutive IndyCar championships (2004 – 2007).

Bourdais, 40, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Telitz Embedded with Dale Coyne Racing With Vasser-Sullivan IndyCar Team

AARON TELITZ EMBEDDED WITH INDYCAR TEAM

 

DALLAS, TX (April 12, 2019) – AIM VASSER SULLIVAN announced today that Aaron Telitz will be embedded with the IndyCar team co-owned by Jimmy Vasser and James “Sulli” Sullivan in the NTT IndyCar Series.

 

Telitz, a native of Wisconsin, has progressed through the open-wheel racing ranks. He captured the Mazdaspeed/Skip Barber Racing School Scholarship Shootout in 2013 and was the 2014 Team USA Scholarship Recipient. Starting in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Series in 2014, he advanced to the Pro Mazda Championship winning the title in 2016. Most recently, he had nine podiums including two wins in the 2017 and 2018 Indy Lights Championship seasons. Telitz competes for AIM VASSER SULLIVAN in the 2019 IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup (Rolex 24 At Daytona, Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen and Motul Petit Le Mans).

“Aaron is a smart, capable driver. He has checked all the open-wheel racing boxes and based on his success against other young drivers in Indy Lights, who are currently in the series and doing well, we feel he is deserving of this opportunity,” said Vasser-Sullivan co-owner Jimmy Vasser.

 

“This is an incredible opportunity for me,” Telitz said. “IndyCar is where I want to be and where I feel I belong. Thanks to Jimmy and Sulli I’m getting a change to learn from the best and be as prepared as possible for my debut. To be able to learn from, and ask question of Seb (Sebastien Bourdais) will be a huge advantage in my learning curve. Not many drivers get the chance to learn from a four-time champion before they get in a seat. The goal is to be in an IndyCar full-time in 2020.”

Bourdais pre race notes Long Beach

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS

NO.18 TEAM SEALMASTER – DALE COYNE RACING WITH VASSER-SULLIVAN HONDA/DALLARA/FIRESTONE

Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach – April 12-14, 2019

Sebastien Bourdais Summary:

Sebastien Bourdais, No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan, is coming off his first podium finish of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season, a third place showing at Barber Motorsports Park. He also led his first laps of the season, eight. Bourdais, who finished 24th in the season opener at St. Petersburg, FL (non-team related issue ending his race early), has put together back-to-back top-five showings (finished fifth at COTA) and now sits sixth in the championship standings with 72 points after the first three races of the season.

 

Sebastien Bourdais Quote:

“I am incredibly honored to be inducted into the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Walk of Fame. Joining such an illustrious group of drivers, owners and teams is very special. That fact that I am still an active IndyCar driver, and along with Will (Power), will be the first active IndyCar drivers to be inducted, is an accomplishment I’m extremely proud of.”

“Long Beach is historically a track where I’ve had a lot of success. The atmosphere is fantastic…it’s just a great event.The No. 18 SealMaster Honda team is coming of a couple of good races. We have earned a lot of valuable championship points and are now sixth in the championship race. We just have to keep working hard, keep digging and see how far we can go.”

 

Fast Facts:

Bourdais was inducted into the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach “Walk of Fame” on Thursday, April 11. He joins Dale Coyne with Vasser- Sullivan co-owner Jimmy Vasser who was inducted in 2011.

 

Bourdais will do double duty at Long Beach. In addition to driving the No. 18 Team SealMaster DCRVSA entry he will compete with Ganassi Racing in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship event subbing for Joey Hand who has flu like symptoms. The last driver to run both races at Long Beach was Ryan Hunter-Reay in 2016.

Bourdais is contesting his 14th NTT IndyCar Series season, fourth with Dale Coyne Racing and second with Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan.

The 2019 Acura Indy Grand Prix of Long Beach will be Bourdais’ 192nd NTT IndyCar Series start and 14th on the streets of Long Beach.

In 13 previous starts at Barber, Bourdais has qualified in the top-10 eight times with two poles, 2006 and 2007. He has finished in the top-10 seven times with three wins, 2005, 2006 and 2007. Bourdais and Al Unser Jr. are the only drivers to win the Long Beach Grand Prix three consecutive times. Al Jr. did it from 1989 to 1991.

In 191 career IndyCar starts, Bourdais has won 37 races (sixth all-time) and captured 34 pole   positions (seventh all time).

Bourdais is the only driver to win four consecutive IndyCar championships (2004 – 2007).

He competed in 27 Formula One races (2008-2009) and is an accomplished sports car racer having won the GT Le Mans class in 2017, the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours in the GTE Pro category (from the pole), the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans in 2015 and the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2014. He has another pole and three runner-up finishes (2007, 2009 and 2011) at Le Mans.

Bourdais, 40, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

 

Career Statistics
Seasons 14th Top-Five 78
Career Starts 190 Top-10 113
Wins 37 Poles 34
Podium 57 Laps Led 2,647
2019 NTT IndyCar Series Statistics
Starts 3 Top-10 2
Wins 0 Poles 0
Podiums 1 Laps Led   8
Top-Five 2    
2019 NTT IndyCar Series Results
St. Petersburg S/F 19/24 Barber 5/3
Austin S/F 17/5    
Long Beach Statistics
Number of Starts 13 2011 S/F 21/27
2018 Q/S/F 9/9/13 2007 S/F 1/1
2017 Q/S/F 12/12/2 2006 S/F 1/1
2016 Q/S/F 14/14/9 2005 S/F 4/1
2015 Q/S/F 9/9/6 2004 S/F 2/3
2014 Q/S/F 3/3/14 2003 S/F 5/16
2013 Q/S/F 15/15/15 Best Finish 1 (05, 06 and 07)
2012 Q/S/F 24/25/17 Best Start 1 (2006 & 2007)

 

Broadcast:
The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 12-14, on the temporary street circuit in Long Beach, CA, is Round 4 of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN.

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA RACE REPORT

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HONDA GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA QUALIFYING REPORT

BOURDAIS QUALIFIES FIFTH FOR HONDA GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Summary: In his best qualifying effort of the young 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season, Sebastien Bourdais qualified fifth for tomorrow’s Honda Grand Prix of Alabama on the 2.3-mile, 17-turn Barber Motorsports Park permanent road course in Leeds, AL. Bourdais, behind the wheel of the…

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Bourdais: INDYCAR Classic Post Race

SOLID STRATEGY, SMART, PATIENT DRIVE PROPEL BOURDAIS TO FIFTH PLACE FINISH IN INDYCAR CLASSIC Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary: Sebastien Bourdais drove a smart, patient race and benefitted from a solid strategy and a timely yellow flag to finish fifth in the INDYCAR Classic on the 3.41-mile 20-turn Circuit of the Americas permanent road circuit in Austin,…

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RED FLAG INTERRUPTS BOURDAIS’ FINAL QUALIFYING LAP

RED FLAG INTERRUPTS BOURDAIS’ FINAL QUALIFYING LAP Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Summary: A red flag interrupted Sebastien Bourdais’ final flying lap leaving him ninth in his group and 17th on the starting grid for tomorrow’s INDYCAR Classic on the 3.41-mile 20-turn Circuit of the Americas permanent road circuit in Austin, TX.  Bourdais, behind the wheel of the…

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Bourdais Pre Race Notes COTA

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS NO.18 TEAM SEALMASTER – DALE COYNE RACING WITH VASSER-SULLIVAN HONDA/DALLARA/FIRESTONE INDYCAR Classic – Circuit of the Americas – March 22-24, 2019   Sebastien Bourdais Summary: Sebastien Bourdais, will drive the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser – Sullivan Honda/Dallara/Firestone entry this weekend in the INDYCAR Classic at the Circuit of…

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NON-TEAM RELATED CAR ISSUE ENDS BOURDAIS’ FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG

    Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary: Two-time defending Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg champion and local resident, Sebastien Bourdais, had a non-team related car issue that ended his 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season opening race on the 1.8-mile temporary street circuit in downtown St. Petersburg, FL. Bourdais in the No. 18 Team SealMaster –…

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