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BOURDAIS OVERCOMES NECK PAIN TO QUALIFY FOR FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF MONTEREY

Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Summary: Sebastien Bourdais overcame significant neck pain to qualify for tomorrow’s Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey on the 2.258-mile, 11-turn WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca permanent road course in Monterey, California. Bourdais “tweaked” his neck in afternoon practice yesterday and received several rounds of treatment, but was still fighting the pain prior to…

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Fuel Issue Derails Bourdais Top 6 Qualifying Run at PIR

FUEL ISSUE DERAILS BOURDAIS’ FAST SIX

QUALIFYING RUN AT GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND 

Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais was running the second fastest lap in round two of qualifying for the Grand Prix of Portland when a non-engine related fuel issue brought an end to his qualifying session. Bourdais, behind the wheel of the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan car, went out in group one in the first round and posted the third fastest lap of the 11 drivers in his group to advance to the second round. In round two, he was in fourth place and seemed assured of a top-six spot, which would have put him in the Firestone Fast Six, when the issue reared its head bringing an end to his run with only two minutes to go. Bourdais will start 12th tomorrow on the 1.967-mile, 12-turn Portland International Raceway permanent road course in Portland, Oregon.

Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Quote:

“We were working a P2 (position two) qualifying lap when we had a fuel issue. We’re not sure what caused it, but it wasn’t engine related. The SealMaster Honda No. 18 had good pace. The guys did a good job. We had a Firestone Fast Six car. Things happen, that’s racing. We’ll get after it tomorrow, do the best we can and get the best result possible.”

Fast Facts:

Bourdais has qualified in the top-10 nine times in the first 16 races of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season. He qualified a season-high second last week at St. Louis, was third in Texas, qualified fifth at Barber Motorsports Park and Mid-Ohio, seventh at Road America and for the Indy 500, eighth at Toronto, ninth for Detroit Race 2, and 10th for the INDYCAR Grand Prix.

Bourdais has now qualified in the top-five six times with one pole, 2004, in seven attempts at PIR. In six previous races, he has finished on the podium five times with two wins, 2004 and 2007.

After the first 15 races of the 17-race NTT IndyCar Series season, Bourdais is 12th in the championship standings with 312 points. He has scored seven top-10 finishes including a season high third place finish at Barber and a fifth at COTA. He finished seventh at Pocono, eighth at Toronto and Texas, and ninth at Detroit GP Race 2 and Iowa. Bourdais also has four 11th place showings, Mid-Ohio, Detroit Race 1, Long Beach and the INDYCAR GP, placed 12th at Road America, 19th at St. Louis, 24th at St. Petersburg and 30th in the Indy 500.

The 2019 Grand Prix of Portland will be Bourdais’ 204th NTT IndyCar Series start and seventh at Portland International Raceway.

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

In 203 career IndyCar starts, he 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:

Round 16 of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season will be the Grand Prix of Portland, August 30 – September 1, on the 1.967-mile, 12-turn Portland International Raceway permanent road course in Portland, Oregon. The race will be broadcast on NBC at 3 p.m. EDT.

Bourdais pre race notes Portland

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS
18 TEAM SEALMASTER – DALE COYNE RACING WITH VASSER-SULLIVAN
HONDA/DALLARA/FIRESTONE
Grand Prix of Portland – Portland International Raceway
August 30 – September 1, 2019

 

Sebastien Bourdais Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais will pilot the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan entry in the Grand Prix of Portland on the 1.967-mile, 12-turn Portland International Raceway permanent road course in Portland, Oregon. Bourdais is coming off a strong if disappointing race last weekend in St. Louis. He qualified second and was on course for a podium finish when he had an incident that ended his race. Bourdais is currently 12th in the championship standings with 312 points.

Sebastien Bourdais Quote:
“I am looking forward to going to Portland. We returned last year after not being there for a long time and it was a great event. It seemed like the whole city was behind it. The track is challenging, the fans are knowledgeable and the atmosphere in the city and at the track is great. I’ve had great success at PIR over the years (six starts five consecutive podium finishes with two wins 2004 and 2007), but last year was kind of special. I had a good car, we were fast all along but I made a mistake in final practice and crashed the 18 very hard. The entire team, everyone on Dale Coyne Racing and Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan pulled together to get the car repaired and back on track for qualifying. It was pretty impressive.  We qualified fourth after probably one of the biggest hits I have ever had on a road course. In the race, we got swallowed up in an incident on the first lap, but we fought back and finished third. Just an amazing effort from the whole team.”

 

Career Statistics
Seasons 14th Top-Five 78
Career Starts 203 Top-10 118
Wins 37 Poles 34
Podium 57 Laps Led 2,654
2019 NTT IndyCar Series Statistics
Starts 15 Top-10 7
Wins 0 Poles 0
Podiums 1 Laps Led   16
Top-Five 2    
2019 NTT IndyCar Series Results
St. Petersburg S/F 19/24 Texas S/F 3/8
Austin S/F 17/5 Elkhart Lake S/F 7/12
Barber S/F 5/3 Toronto S/F 8/8
Long Beach S/F 14/11 Iowa S/F 21/9
INDYCAR GP S/F 10/11 Mid-Ohio S/F 5/11
Indianapolis 500 S/F 7/30 Pocono S/F 11/7
Detroit Race 1 S/F 16/11 St. Louis S/F 2/24
Detroit Race 1 S/F 9/9    
Portland Statistic
Number of Starts 6    
2018 S/F 4/3 2003 S/F 4/14
2007 S/F 3/1 Best Start 1st (2004)
2006 S/F 3/3 Best Finish 1st (2004, 2007)
2005 S/F 5/2 Laps Led 146
2004 S/F 1/1    

 

Fast Facts:

After the first 15 races of the 17-race NTT IndyCar Series season, Bourdais is 12th in the championship standings with 312 points. He has scored seven top-10 finishes including a season high third place finish at Barber and a fifth at COTA. He finished seventh at Pocono, eighth at Toronto and Texas, and ninth at Detroit GP Race 2 and Iowa. Bourdais also has four 11th place showings, Mid-Ohio, Detroit Race 1, Long Beach and the INDYCAR GP, placed 12th at Road America, 19th at St. Louis, 24th at St. Petersburg and 30th in the Indy 500.

The 2019 Grand Prix of Portland will be Bourdais’ 204th NTT IndyCar Series start and seventh at Portland International Raceway.

In six previous appearances at PIR, Bourdais has qualified in the top-five all six times with one pole, 2004. He has finished on the podium five times with two wins, 2004 and 2007.

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

In 203 career IndyCar starts, he 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

Ferrucci to Start from Third Row at Gateway

Ferrucci to Start from
Third Row at Gateway

– Rookie qualifies a career best of sixth –

Madison, IL (August 23, 2019) – Dale Coyne Racing rookie Santino Ferrucci picked up his best NTT IndyCar Series start on Friday at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway by qualifying sixth for Saturday night’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500.

After ending the first practice session of the day in first place, Ferrucci was the 11th car to take to the 1.25-mile track. The driver of the #19 Cly-Del Manufacturing car immediately jumped to the top with a first lap of 184.535mph (24.3856 seconds). He then followed up that lap with an even quicker one at 185.126mph (24.3078 seconds) for a two-lap average of 184.830mph.

The rookie remained in the provisional pole position until his teammate Sebastien Bourdais knocked him off the top spot a couple of cars later. With nine more cars to go, Ferrucci would end up sixth, and the fastest rookie, once everyone had made their qualifying runs.

“I’m really happy with our qualifying run,” said Ferrucci. “We have good momentum going right now and things are going really well. The car was great in practice this morning and I was confident going into qualifying. I took it a bit easy on the first lap but when I saw how great the track was I pushed harder on the second one. The #19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda was awesome in qualifying so hopefully our race car will be as good and we can go out and pass some cars tomorrow.”

BOURDAIS’ IMPRESSIVE QUALIFYING RUN LEADS TO FRONT ROW START FOR BOMMARITO AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 500

 

Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais put on an impressive display in qualifying today for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 on the 1.25-mile World Wide Technology Raceway oval in Madison, Illinois. Bourdais, in the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Vasser-Sullivan entry, went out 13th of the 22 drivers to make a qualifying attempt.  In an exciting, and crowd pleasing two laps, he took over the pole position with a two-lap average of 185.927 mph. Bourdais held the pole during an onslaught by eight of the nine remaining drivers, who had all posted faster times during the midday practice. The ninth, and final driver, barely topped Bourdais’ speed (just over half a mile per hour), which guaranteed him a front row starting position. This is Bourdais’ best qualifying position of the year and best on an oval since taking the pole in Phoenix last year.

 

Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Quote:

“A very strong run for the SealMaster Honda No. 18. It was a really solid effort and the guys gave me a great car. It felt very similar to Phoenix (pole in 2018). You never completely know how things are going evolve from the practice session. The conditions are so different. During the qualifying run there was a lot of sliding around in turns one and two. I gave it everything I had and I’m just really pleased with the run.”

 

Fast Facts:

Today’s second place qualifying position is Bourdais’ highest of the season, surpassing a third in Texas. In the first 15 races of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season, Bourdais has now qualified in the top-10 nine times. In addition to the second and the third in Texas, he qualified fifth at Barber Motorsports Park and Mid-Ohio, seventh at Road America and for the Indy 500, eighth at Toronto, ninth for Detroit Race 2, and 10th for the INDYCAR Grand Prix.

 

This is Bourdais’ best qualifying position in three attempts at WWT Raceway. He previous high was ninth in 2018. In two previous races his best finish is 10th in 2017.

 

After the first 14 races of the 17-race 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season, Bourdais is 10th in the championship standings with 300 points on the strength of seven top-10 finishes including a season high third place finish at Barber and a fifth at COTA. He finished seventh at Pocono, eighth at Toronto and Texas, and ninth at Detroit GP Race 2 and Iowa. Bourdais also has four 11th place showings, Mid-Ohio, Detroit Race 1, Long Beach and the INDYCAR GP, placed 12th at Road America, 24th at St. Petersburg and 30th in the Indy 500.

 

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

 

The 2019 Bommarito Automotive Group 500 will be Bourdais’ 203rd NTT IndyCar Series start, third at Pocono Raceway and 45th on an oval.

 

In 202 career IndyCar starts, he has won 37 races (sixth all-time) and captured 34 pole positions (seventh all time).

 

Of Bourdais’ 44 career oval starts, 36 have come in the last seven years (35 in last six years). He has four poles (Phoenix, 2018; Milwaukee, 2006; Las Vegas, 2005; Lausitz, 2003). Phoenix was his first pole since Mid-Ohio in 2014 and first on an oval since 2006 at Milwaukee. Bourdais has earned five oval wins (Milwaukee, 2015; Milwaukee 2006; Las Vegas in 2005 and 2004; Lausitz, 2003). The oval win in Milwaukee in 2015 was his first oval victory since 2006 also at Milwaukee.

 

Bourdais made eight oval starts in Champ Car earning four victories: Lausitz, 2003; Las Vegas, 2004 and 2005; Milwaukee 2006 and capturing three poles: Lausitz, 2003; Las Vegas, 2005; Milwaukee, 2006.

 

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

 

Race Broadcast:

Round 15 of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season will be the Bommarito Automotive Group 500, August 23-24, on the 1.25-mile, on the World Wide Technology Raceway oval in Madison, Illinois (St. Louis Metro Area). The race will be broadcast on:

Bourdais pre race notes St. Louis

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS No. 18 TEAM SEALMASTER – DALE COYNE RACING WITH VASSER-SULLIVAN HONDA/DALLARA/FIRESTONE Bommarito Automotive Group 500 – World Wide Technology Raceway August 23-24, 2019 Sebastien Bourdais Summary: Sebastien Bourdais will pilot the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan entry in the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 on the 1.25-mile, World Wide…

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BOURDAIS HAS STRONG RACE IN RAIN SHORTENED ABC SUPPLY INC. 500

Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary: Sebastien Bourdais drove the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan car to a seventh place finish in today’s rain shortened ABC Supply Inc. 500 on the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway tri-oval in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Bourdais started 11th after qualifying was cancelled yesterday, due to inclement weather, and drivers…

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HONDA INDY 200 Race Report

BOURDAIS FALLS VICTIM TO AN INCIDENT AND A PENALTY IN HONDA INDY 200       Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary: Sebastien Bourdais fell victim to an early race incident and a mid-race penalty today in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Bourdais, who qualified the No. 18 SealMaster – Dale…

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BOURDAIS HAS STRONG QUALIFYING RUN WILL START FIFTH IN HONDA INDY 200

 

 

BOURDAIS HAS STRONG QUALIFYING RUN – WILL START FIFTH IN HONDA INDY 200

Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais had a strong qualifying run and will start fifth in tomorrow’s Honda Indy 200 on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course permanent road circuit in Lexington, Ohio. Bourdais, in the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Vasser-Sullivan entry, went out in Group 2 in Round 1 of qualifying and posted the fastest lap of the 12 drivers in his group. As a result, he advanced to the second round where he almost got caught out when the No. 60 car went off track while Bourdais was on his fast lap. The dirt from the off-track excursion forced Bourdais to abort, but he recovered and on the next lap recorded the sixth fastest time making it into the final round, the Firestone Fast 6. In the finals, Bourdais logged the fifth fastest lap of the session and will start on the inside of row three tomorrow…a far cry from the last place starting position he had last year when he had a miscue in qualifying, but in the race charged to a sixth place finish in one of the finest driving performances ever witnessed.

 

Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Quote:

“The SealMaster Honda No. 18 is strong and has been strong all weekend. A very solid effort by the whole Dale Coyne Vasser-Sullivan team. The first run was perfect. It was just about as good a run as I could do. I may have had a little bit more in it, I over shot one corner, but I could bring the tires perfectly where I wanted them to be. In the second round, the 60 car went off the track in turn two and threw a lot of dirt on the track when I was on my hot lap. So I had to abort that lap and go again. In the Firestone Fast 6 we re-ran the tires from the second round. The sun came out a little too early for us and the hotter track temperature hurt us a little bit, we lost a bit of grip. When you are first in the first round you want to do more, but I’m happy with fifth especially after last year.”

 

Fast Facts:

Today’s fifth place qualifying spot ties Bourdais second highest of the season and is the second time he has made the Firestone Fast 6. In the first 13 races of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season, Bourdais has now qualified in the top-10 eight times including a season high third at Texas, a fifth at Barber Motorsports Park, seventh at Road America and for the Indy 500, eighth at Toronto, ninth for Detroit Race 2, and 10th for the INDYCAR Grand Prix.

 

Bourdais has now qualified in the top-10 five times, including three times in the top-three with one pole (2014) in nine attempts at Mid-Ohio. In eight previous races he has finished in the top-10 five times with three top-five performances and a best showing of second in 2014.

 

After the first 12 races of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season, Bourdais is 10th in the championship standings with 255 points. He has a season high third place finish at Barber, a fifth at COTA, eighth at Toronto and Texas; ninth at Detroit GP Race 2 and Iowa. He has finished 11th three times, Detroit Race 1, Long Beach and the INDYCAR GP, placed 12th at Road America, 24th at St. Petersburg and 30th in the Indy 500.

 

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

 

The 2019 Honda Indy 200 will be Bourdais 201st NTT IndyCar Series start and ninth at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

 

In 200 career IndyCar starts, he 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

Bourdais pre race notes Mid-Ohio

SEBASTIEN BOURDAI No. 18 TEAM SEALMASTER – DALE COYNE RACING WITH VASSER-SULLIVAN HONDA/DALLARA/FIRESTONE Honda Indy 200 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – July 26-28, 2019 Sebastien Bourdais Summary: Sebastien Bourdais will pilot the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan entry in the Honda Indy 200 on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn Mid-Ohio Sports…

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