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SOFTWARE GLITCH ROBS BOURDAIS OF POSSIBLE PODIUM FINISH AT ROAD AMERICA

Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary:
A software glitch robbed Sebastien Bourdais of a possible podium finish  in the Kohler Grand Prix on the scenic Road America permanent road circuit in Elkhart Lake, WI. Bourdais, who started sixth in the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan entry, was running with, and in fact challenging the lead group, when suddenly he lost the ability to shift and was forced to pit. The team rebooted the car, but the damage was done. Never a group to quit in the face of adversity, both Bourdais and the team continued to fight in hopes of a yellow that would have put them back in the hunt. Unfortunately, the yellow never came. Bourdais then took it upon himself to put on an amazing performance. Despite having to massively save fuel due to the early stop, he not only kept up his pace, but passed cars thus allowing him to come from the back of the field and salvage a solid 13th place finish. His ability to make it to the end of the race while still remaining competitive on the track, had the entire team raving about his effort.

Sebastien Bourdais Race Quote:

“The SealMaster Honda was so strong again. We were holding with the lead group and I felt like the guys in front of us were starting to lose their tires faster than we were. The prospects were looking good, then I lost all shifting for about 30 seconds. It started to work again when I got on pit lane. We rebooted, but at that point the race was basically over, as there was never a yellow to reset the field. Because we pitted early we had to save a massive amount of fuel, so that was pretty much a double penalty, the time lost and the amount of fuel I had to save the rest of the way. As usual, when you need a yellow it never comes. It’s a shame. A really solid run that turned into no result. It is what it is. We will just keep at it and hopefully catch a break every now and again the rest of the season.”

Fast Facts:

  • Bourdais remains ninth in the championship standings with 235 points.
  • He has finished in the top-10 four times (three in the top-five) with a win at St. Petersburg, a fourth place finish in the INDYCAR GP and a fifth at Barber Motorsports Park (eighth in Texas).
  • In six races at Road America, Bourdais has now finished in the top-three four times with a win in 2007. He has qualified in the top-two four times with two poles, 2004 and 2007 and in the top-six five times in six attempts at Road America.
  • Bourdais is contesting his 13th Verizon IndyCar Series season, third with Dale Coyne Racing and first with Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan.
  • The 2018 Kohler Grand Prix was Bourdais’ 181st Verizon IndyCar Series start.
  • In 181 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, 39, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Next Race and Broadcast Times:
Round 11 of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series, will be the Iowa Corn 300, July 8, on the Iowa Raceway 1-mile oval in Newton, IA. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN at 2:00 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.

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS QUALIFIES SIXTH FOR KOHLER GRAND PRIX

Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais qualified the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan car sixth for tomorrow’s Kohler Grand Prix at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI. Bourdais, who has a history of strong qualifying efforts on the picturesque 4.048-mile, 14-turn permanent road course, went out in group one in the first round and posted the sixth fastest lap of the 12 drivers in his group. He therefore advanced to round two where he struggled early, but came on to place fourth putting him in the Firestone Fast Six, the final round of qualifying. In the last round the team used a different strategy then the other five cars running two stints while the others only ran one. Bourdais logged the sixth fastest time and will start the race on the third row.

Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Quote:

“The SealMaster guys did a good job. I just made a lot of mistakes out there, so it was tough to get a good lap. The track temperature went up, we lost a lot of grip and I couldn’t quite regain control of the car. I did get one good lap, everything else was really scrappy. I’m not super happy with myself, however, I’m just glad we made it through to the Firestone Fast Six because it didn’t look like that was going to be automatic. We’ll sit down and go over everything and see what we can come up with for tomorrow.”

Fast Facts:

  • Bourdais has qualified in the top-five five times and top-10 seven times in the first 10 races of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. In addition to today’s sixth place starting spot, he captured the pole at Phoenix, qualified third for the INDYCAR Grand Prix and at Barber, fifth for the Indianapolis 500 and at Texas, and started ninth at Long Beach.
  • Bourdais has now qualified in the top-two four times with two poles, 2004 and 2007 and in the top-six five times in six attempts at Road America.
  • In five previous races at Road America, Bourdais has finished in the top-three four times with a win in 2007.
  • Bourdais is ninth in the championship standings with 218 points on the strength of four top-10 finishes (three in the top-five). He won at St. Petersburg, was fourth in the INDYCAR GP and fifth at Barber Motorsports Park (finished eighth in Texas).
  • Bourdais is contesting his 13th Verizon IndyCar Series season, third with Dale Coyne Racing and first with Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan.
  • The 2018 Kohler Grand Prix will be Bourdais’ 181st Verizon IndyCar Series start and sixth at Road America.
  • In 180 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, 39, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Broadcast Times:
The Kohler Grand Prix, Round 10 of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series, will be broadcast live on NBCSN at 12:30 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.

Sebastien Bourdais Pre Race Notes: Road America

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS
NO. 18 TEAM SEALMASTER – DALE COYNE RACING WITH VASSER-SULLIVAN
HONDA/DALLARA/FIRESTONE
Kohler Grand Prix – Road America – June 22-24, 2018

Sebastien Bourdais Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais will pilot the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan entry this weekend in the Kohler Grand Prix on the Road America permanent road course in Elkhart Lake, WI. Bourdais is coming off an eighth place finish two weeks ago in Texas. It was his fourth top-10 finish of the season (three in the top-five) including a win at St. Petersburg, a fourth place showing in the INDYCAR GP and a fifth place performance at Barber Motorsports Park. Bourdais is ninth in the championship standings with 218 points.

Career Statistics
Seasons 13 Top-Five 74
Career Starts 180 Top-10 107
Wins 37 Poles 34
Podiums 55 Laps Led 2,639
2018  Verizon IndyCar Series Statistics
Starts 9 Top-10 4
Wins 1 Poles 1
Podiums 1 Laps Led 108
Top-Five 3    
2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Results
St. Petersburg S/F 14/1 Indianapolis 500 S/F 5/28
Phoenix S/F 1/13 Detroit Race 1 17/13
Long Beach S/F 9/13 Detroit Race 2 16/21
Barber S/F 3/5 Texas 5/8
IndyCar GP S/F 3/4    
Road America Statistics
Number of Starts 5 2004 S/F 1/3
2016 S//F 12/18 2003 S/F 2/2
2007 S/F 1/1 Best Finish 1st 2007
2006 S/F 2/3 Best Start 1st 2007/2004

Fast Facts:

  • Bourdais is contesting his 13th Verizon IndyCar Series season, third with Dale Coyne Racing and first with Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan.
  • The 2018 Kohler Grand Prix will be Bourdais’ 181st Verizon IndyCar Series start and sixth at Road America.
  • In five previous races at Road America, Bourdais has finished in the top-three four times with a win in 2007. He has qualified in the top-two four times with two poles, 2004 and 2007.
  • In 180 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, 39, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Next Race and Broadcast Times:
Round 10 of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series will be the Kohler Grand Prix, June 24 on the Road America permanent road course in Elkhart Lake, WI. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN at 12:30 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.

Bourdais Battles to Eight Place Finish at Texas

Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais battled his way to an eighth place finish in the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, TX. The 39-year-old resident of St. Petersburg, FL qualified the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan entry a career best fifth at TMS. The race began at 7:45 p.m., however despite the night time start, it was extremely hot with an ambient temperature of 94 degrees and a track temp high of 132. This made for a challenging race as downforce and therefore grip were way down, and tire degradation was way up due to the cars constantly sliding on the track. This caused both the right front and rear tires to blister. Bourdais dropped to ninth early in the race and pitted for the first time on lap 52, earlier than the leaders. By the time he stopped for the third time on lap 166, he had fought back to fourth. He rejoined the race in 12th place two laps down as a result of pitting under the green. Had the race stayed green through the round of pit stops, Bourdais would have cycled back to the front on the lead lap. Unfortunately, a yellow came out six laps later allowing the leaders to pit, keeping Bourdais down two laps. A combination of strategy moves, avoiding crashes and great driving by Bourdais got him back on the lead lap, however he just ran out of time.

 

Sebastien Bourdais Race Quote:

“Obviously it was a disappointing result for a pretty solid race. The SealMaster Honda No. 18 was as good as anything else out there. I just didn’t gage the tire degradation well enough on the first stint. We ended up pitting early and that settle the issue because there wasn’t a yellow until much later in the race. When one did finally came out it went against us because we had just come in the pits. The guys did a great job, the car was competitive, it was fast, like it was all weekend. In the end we just took what we could. It’s a real shame. The car and the team deserved better than eighth.”

Fast Facts:

  • Bourdais earned 24 points and remains ninth in the championship standings with 218 points.
  • He has three top-five finishes and four top-10 finishes so far this season including a victory at St. Petersburg.
  • This is Bourdais second top-10 finish in five starts at TMS Bourdais. He also placed 10th in 2016.
  • Bourdais is contesting his 13th Verizon IndyCar Series season, third with Dale Coyne Racing and first with Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan.
  • The 2018 DXC Technology 600 was Bourdais’ 180th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 37th on an oval and fifth at Texas Motor Speedway.
  • In 180 career IndyCar starts, Bourdais has won 37 races (sixth all-time) and captured 34 pole positions (seventh all-time).
  • Of Bourdais’ 37 career oval starts, 29 have come in the last six years (28 in last five years).
  • Bourdais has made 30 IndyCar oval starts (includes 2005 Indy 500) with a best qualifying effort of first (pole) at Phoenix in 2018. Phoenix was his first pole since Mid-Ohio in 2014 and first on an oval since 2006 at Milwaukee. His best finish on an oval is a victory at Milwaukee in 2015, his first on an oval since 2006 also at Milwaukee.
  • Bourdais made seven oval starts in Champ Car earning four victories: Lausitz, 2003; Las Vegas in 2004 and 2005; Milwaukee 2006 and capturing three poles: Lausitz, 2003; Las Vegas 2005 and Milwaukee in 2006.
  • Bourdais is the only driver to win four consecutive IndyCar championships (2004 – 2007).

 

Next Race and Broadcast Times:
Round 10 of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series will be the Kohler Grand Prix, June 24 on the Road America permanent road course in Elkhart Lake, WI. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN at 12:30  p.m. ET.  It is also available on radio: XM 209 and IMS IndyCar Radio as well as online: IndyCar.com and Verizon IndyCar 18 app.

Bourdais Qualifies Career Best Fifth at Texas

Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Summary:


Sebastien Bourdais qualified the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan car a Texas Motor Speedway career best fifth for tomorrow’s DXC Technology 600. Bourdais was third on the speed charts following the 90-minute morning practice with a lap of 219.619 mph. Qualifying began at 3:00 p.m. in intense heat with track temperatures reaching 140 degrees. He went out 14th of the 22 drivers to make a qualifying attempt and recorded a two-lap average speed of 219.302 mph. The fifth place starting spot is by far the best he has ever recorded at TMS surpassing a 17th place qualifying position in 2013. It is also the fifth time in nine races this season that Bourdais has recorded his best qualifying position at an individual track (Phoenix, Barber, INDYCAR GP, Indy 500 and Texas).

 

Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Quote:
“The guys gave me a good car. Overall it was a pretty good day. The SealMaster Honda No. 18 was good this morning in practice and it was good in qualifying. It’s very hot, so the car wasn’t as stuck as it was in practice. We lost a lot of grip because the track was so much hotter, close to 140 (degrees), but it’s the same for everyone. I was pretty comfortable with the balance. I had a little understeer, but I knew what I was going to get before the qualifying run. A good run, so pretty happy.”

Fast Facts:

  • This is Bourdais fifth top-five qualifying effort and six top-10 in the first nine races of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. In addition to today’s fifth place qualifying effort, he captured the pole at Phoenix, qualified third at for the INDYCAR Grand Prix and at Barber, started fifth for the Indy 500 and ninth at Long Beach.
  • In four previous races at TMS Bourdais has a best finish of 10th in 2016.
  • Bourdais is ninth in the championship standings with 194 points.
  • He has three top-five finishes so far this season including a victory at St. Petersburg.
  • Bourdais is one of just three drivers to lead at least one lap in six of the eight races this year.
  • Bourdais is contesting his 13th Verizon IndyCar Series season, third with Dale Coyne Racing and first with Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan.
  • The 2018 DXC Technology 600 will be Bourdais’ 180th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 37th on an oval and fifth at Texas Motor Speedway.
  • In 179 career IndyCar starts, Bourdais has won 37 races (sixth all-time) and captured 34 pole positions (seventh all-time).
  • Of Bourdais’ 36 career oval starts, 28 have come in the last six years (27 in last five years).
  • Bourdais has made 29 IndyCar oval starts (includes 2005 Indy 500) with a best qualifying effort of first (pole) at Phoenix in 2018. Phoenix was his first pole since Mid-Ohio in 2014 and first on an oval since 2006 when he captured the pole at Milwaukee (previous high was fourth at Fontana in 2013). His best finish is a victory at Milwaukee in 2015. It was his first oval win since 2006 also at Milwaukee
  • Bourdais made seven oval starts in Champ Car earning four victories: Lausitz, 2003; Las Vegas in 2004 and 2005; Milwaukee 2006 and capturing three poles: Lausitz, 2003; Las Vegas 2005 and Milwaukee in 2006.
  • Bourdais is the only driver to win four consecutive IndyCar championships (2004 – 2007).
  • Bourdais, 39, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

 

Next Race and Broadcast Times:
Round 9 of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series, will be the DXC Technology 600, June 9 at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, TX. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN at 8:00 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.

BRILLIANT DRIVE BY SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS ENDS WITH SPECTACULAR SPIN

GAINS 16 POSITIONS IN 31-LAP STRETCH Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary: Sebastien Bourdais finished 21st in Race 2 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear on the Belle Isle temporary street circuit…however, that is hardly the story of his race. In one of the most brilliant exhibitions of driving, Bourdais came from the back of…

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Sebastien Bourdais Race 1 Detroit GP Summary

BOURDAIS FIGHTS THROUGH ADVERSITY TO FINISH 13TH IN RACE 1 OF CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX

Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais, in the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan entry, fought through a series of adverse situations to finish 13th in Race 1 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. Bourdais qualified a disappointing 17th when he was blocked by another competitor. In the race, the two-time Detroit GP winner, battled with tire wear and handling problems on the challenging 2.35-mile, 14-turn Belle Isle temporary street circuit. However he continued to fight, brought the car home in one piece and salvaged some valuable championship points. Bourdais earned 17 points today and remains eighth in the championship standings with 185 points. With another race tomorrow, Bourdais has a chance to make up some ground on the championship leaders.

Sebastien Bourdais Race Quote:
“It had to be one of the hardest races I have ever done. We haven’t found the sweet spot on the setup. We are searching, we are trying things, but this afternoon we went backwards. I lost the tires very quickly on the first stint with the alternate (red tires), then I made a mistake and lost two spots. We put on the black (primary) tires and I had no pace. The car got loose right away. The car was just super difficult to drive. We put the front wing down a little bit, that kinda got the car back in the groove at the end, but it was too little too late. The positive is the car is in one piece and we have another go at it tomorrow.”

Fast Facts:

  • Bourdais has finished in the top-10 three times with two wins (2016 Race 1 and 2015 Race 2) in 10 Detroit GP events. He has qualified in the top-10 five times with a best starting position of sixth in 2015.
  • He has finished in the top-five three times in the first seven races of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season including a victory at St. Petersburg, a fourth place showing in the INDYCAR Grand Prix and a fifth place performance at Barber.
  • This is the first race this season that Bourdais did not lead a lap. He was the only driver to lead at least one lap in the first six races of the season including four laps, his first, in the Indy 500.
  • Bourdais is contesting his 13th Verizon IndyCar Series season, third with Dale Coyne Racing and first with Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan.
  • The 2018 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Race 1 was Bourdais’ 178th Verizon IndyCar Series start.
  • In 178 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, 39, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Next Race and Broadcast Times:
Round 8 of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series, will be Race 2 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, tomorrowSunday, June 3. The race will be broadcast live on ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET.  It is also available on radio: XM 209 and IMS IndyCar Radio as well as online: IndyCar.com and Verizon IndyCar app.

Sebastien Bourdais pre-race notes: Detroit

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS

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

Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear – June 1-3, 2018

Sebastien Bourdais Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais will pilot the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan entry this weekend in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, the only event on the IndyCar schedule to feature two races. Bourdais has enjoyed success on the Belle Isle temporary street circuit capturing one of the twin races his last two visits. Bourdais is coming off an Indy 500 that looked like a possible top-five finish, but ended when he made contact with the turn-four wall. He led four laps, his first in an Indy 500, making him the only driver to lead laps in the first six races of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Bourdais is eighth in the championship standings with 168 points, just 18 points out of fifth. He has three top-five finishes so far this season including a victory at St. Petersburg.

Sebastien Bourdais quotes:

“Roger (Penske) and his staff do a great job putting on the Belle Isle event. The atmosphere, the facility, every year it just gets better and better. The weekend is unique with two races, which is tough on the team, but it’s the same for everyone. Obviously, I have had some success there winning a race the last two times we were there (missed 2017 due to injury), but I haven’t really qualified well. That is something we have to work on because qualifying is so important on that circuit. Unfortunately, Indy didn’t go the way we wanted, but the SealMaster Honda No. 18 team has been pretty strong on the street circuits this year. We just need to keep working hard, keep digging and have two strong performances this weekend if we’re going to get back in the championship race.”

Career Statistics
Seasons 13 Top-Five 74
Career Starts 177 Top-10 106
Wins 37 Poles 34
Podiums 55 Laps Led 2,639
2018  Verizon IndyCar Series Statistics
Starts 6 Top-10 3
Wins 1 Poles 1
Podiums 1 Laps Led 108
Top-Five 3    
2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Results
St. Petersburg S/F 14/1 Barber S/F 3/5
Phoenix S/F 1/13 IndyCar GP S/F ¾
Long Beach S/F 9/13 Indianapolis 500 S/F 5/28
Detroit Grand Prix Statistics
Number of Starts 9    
2016 Race 1 Q/S/F 13/13/1 2013 Race 1 Q/S/F 15/14/24
2016 Race 2 Q/S/F 12/12/8 2013 Race 2 Q/S/F 22/22/11
2015 Race 1 S/F 6/14 2012 Q/S/F 10/9/24
2015 Race 2 S/F 9/1 Best Start 6 2015 Race 1
2014 Race 1 S/F 7/13 Best Finish 1 2016 R1/2015 R2
2014 Race 2 S/F 11/20    

Fast Facts:

  • Bourdais is contesting his 13th Verizon IndyCar Series season, third with Dale Coyne Racing and first with Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan.
  • The 2018 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will be Bourdais’ 178th Verizon IndyCar Series start and 10th on Detroit’s Belle Isle.
  • In 177 career IndyCar starts, Bourdais has won 37 races (sixth all-time) and captured 34 pole positions (seventh all-time).
  • In nines previous Detroit GP races he has three top-10 finishes with two wins (2016 Race 1 and 2015 Race 2). He has qualified in the top-10 five times with a best starting position of sixth in 2015.
  • Bourdais is the only driver to win four consecutive IndyCar championships (2004 – 2007).
  • Bourdais 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 (was runner-up in 2015). He also won the Grand AM Rolex Sports Car event on the Indianapolis road course in 2012.
  • He competed in 27 Formula One races (2008-2009)
  • Bourdais, 39, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Next Race and Broadcast Times:
Round 7 and 8 of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series, will be the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, featuring two races, one on Saturday, June 2 and the second on Sunday, June 3 on the Belle Isle temporary street circuit in Detroit, MI. The race will be broadcast live on ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET both days.  It is also available on radio: XM 209 and IMS IndyCar Radio as well as online: IndyCar.com and Verizon IndyCar 15 app.

BOURDAIS RUNNING STRONG WHEN INCIDENT ENDS HIS INDIANAPOLIS 500

Sebastien Bourdais Race Day Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais was looking at a possible top-five finish in the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 when an incident while working lap 138 of the 200 lap race ended his day. Bourdais started an Indy 500 career best fifth in the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan entry. Utilizing a slightly different strategy then most of the field, he was running in seventh place when he made his fourth and what should have been his penultimate pit stop. Rejoining the contest, Bourdais was again on the move. However, while attempting to pass Alexander Rossi, he spun in the short chute between turns three and turn four and made contact with the turn four wall ending his day. Bourdais led four laps today making him the only driver to have led laps in the first six races of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

Sebastien Bourdais Race Day Quote:
“The Sealmaster Honda No. 18 was pretty good, but on a couple of restarts I got caught out and wasn’t aggressive enough, so I got chewed up by a bunch of guys. I was trying to make up for lost ground and picking them off one by one. The stint before was really strong, the car felt very good, so when I left the pits I was trying to get ahead of Rossi. I got a good run on him coming off of turn three and tried to stay in and make the pass. The car unloaded and I tried to drive through the understeer. The front hooked a little bit and snapped out on me and that was that. I gave it my best shot and, unfortunately, those things were really tricky today with the heat. The downforce was really low and it was very difficult to be flat. I’m just disappointed for the Dale Coyne Vasser-Sullivan guys. They worked so hard all month and we lost a chance on some valuable championship points.”

Fast Facts:

  • Bourdais is now eighth in the championship standings with 168 points, just 18 points out of fifth. He has three top-five finishes in the first six races of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season including a victory at St. Petersburg,
  • The 2018 Indy 500 was Bourdais’ 177th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 36th on an oval and seventh Indianapolis 500.
  • In his seven Indianapolis 500 starts, Bourdais has finished in the top-10 two times with a best showing of seventh in 2014 (finished ninth in 2016). He has qualified in the top-10 twice in seven with a best starting spot of fifth this year (seventh in 2015).
  • Bourdais total of 108 laps led this year is the fourth most this season
  • Bourdais is contesting his 13th Verizon IndyCar Series season, third with Dale Coyne Racing and first with Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan.
  • In 176 career IndyCar starts, Bourdais has won 37 races (sixth all-time) and captured 34 pole positions (seventh all-time).
  • Of Bourdais’ 36 career oval starts, 28 have come in the last six years (27 in last five years).
  • Bourdais has made 29 IndyCar oval starts (includes 2005 Indy 500) with a best qualifying effort of first (pole) at Phoenix in 2018. Phoenix was his first pole since Mid-Ohio in 2014 and first on an oval since 2006 when he captured the pole at Milwaukee (previous high was fourth at Fontana in 2013). His best finish is a victory at Milwaukee in 2015. It was his first oval win since 2006 also at Milwaukee.
  • Bourdais made seven oval starts in Champ Car earning four victories: Lausitz, 2003; Las Vegas in 2004 and 2005; Milwaukee 2006 and capturing three poles: Lausitz, 2003; Las Vegas 2005 and Milwaukee in 2006.
  • Bourdais is the only driver to win four consecutive IndyCar championships (2004 – 2007).

Next Race and Broadcast Times:
Round 7 and 8 of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series, will be the Dual in Detroit, featuring two races, one on Saturday, June 2 and the second on Sunday, June 3 at the Belle Isle temporary street circuit in Detroit, MI. The race will be broadcast live on ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET both days.  It is also available on radio: XM 209 and IMS IndyCar Radio as well as online: IndyCar.com and Verizon IndyCar 15 app.

BOURDAIS FOURTH FASTEST ON CARB DAY

Sebastien Bourdais Carb Day Summary: Sebastien Bourdais piloted the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan entry, to the fourth fastest speed, 224.815 mph, on Carb Day, the final practice before Sunday’srunning of the 102nd Indianapolis 500. Bourdais qualified an Indianapolis 500 career best fifth with a four-lap average speed at 228.142 mph and is…

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