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SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS QUALIFIES CAREER BEST FIFTH FOR 102nd RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500

Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Summary: Sebastien Bourdais, behind the wheel of the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan car, qualified an Indianapolis 500 career best fifth for the 102nd running of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Bourdais was fifth after yesterday’s first round of qualifying putting him in the Fast-Nine with a chance to…

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Bourdais Fifth After First Day of Qualifying for Indy 500

IMPRESSIVE FIRST RUN PUTS BOURDAIS IN FAST-NINE

FOR POLE DAY OF 102nd RUNNING OF INDIANAPOLIS 500 

Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais was impressive today putting the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan car fifth on the speed charts with a dramatic run in the first round of qualifying for the 2018 Indianapolis 500. Bourdais was just three cars away from making his qualifying run when rain struck forcing a 2 hour 21 minute delay. Going out in far different conditions than the 11 previous cars, Bourdais never-the-less put on a show running a four-lap average speed of 228.090. The fastest of any Honda car, the speed put him in the Fast-Nine giving him a chance to contend for the pole tomorrow. The 39-year-old resident of St. Petersburg, FL returned to Indy 500 qualifying after suffering a horrendous crash last year during an attempt that would have put him on the pole, but instead left him with severe injuries to his hip, pelvis and ribs requiring surgery and an intense recovery period. However, Bourdais showed once again that he has suffered no ill effects from the incident. He has since won the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season opener in St. Petersburg, captured an oval pole in Phoenix, and now demonstrated that he can run at the front on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis super-speedway oval. By finishing in the Fast-Nine, Bourdais will have another shot at an Indy 500 pole tomorrow, when qualifying resumes and the final grid order is set. Only the fast-nine qualifiers from today will compete for the pole and fill the first three rows of the starting grid. By qualifying fifth today he has guaranteed that he will earn his fifth top-10 qualifying spot this season and is in position to surpass his best qualifying effort of seventh (2015) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Quote:
“It was a solid run for the SealMaster Honda No. 18. Very conservative, obviously, I kind of owed it to myself, my wife, everybody on the team. A lot of things went through my head, particularly yesterday. We were back in qualifying trim and it was not an easy day, but the guys did a great job and the car was pretty strong. We almost did a repeat of yesterday during the qualifying run today. It was a tough set of circumstances. The conditions were a little tricky. Just before we were supposed to go out it rains. Then it got hot. You go from 80 degrees of track temp to 105, six to eight degrees more of ambient. It was tough to hit the setup right with the conditions that changed so fast, but we had the right amount of downforce. The car was pretty solid, so very happy with the run.”

Fast Facts:

  • Bourdais has qualified in the top-three three times in the first five races of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season and in the top-10 four times. He captured the pole at Phoenix, started third at Barber and in the INDYCAR GP, and ninth at Long Beach.
  • In six previous Indy 500’s, Bourdais has a best qualifying effort of seventh in 2015. He has two top-10 finishes with a best showing of seventh in 2014 (ninth in 2016).
  • Bourdais is third in the championship standings with 152 points on the strength of a victory at St. Petersburg, the fifth place performance at Barber, the fourth in the INDYCAR Grand Prix and a pair of 13th place showings at Phoenix and Long Beach.
  • Bourdais is the only driver to have led laps in the first five races of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
  • His total of 104 laps led this year is third behind Robert Wickens, 133 and Josef Newgarden, 107.
  • 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 Indy 500 will be Bourdais’ 177th Verizon IndyCar Series start and 36th on an oval.
  • In 176 career IndyCar starts, Bourdais has won 37 races (sixth all-time) and captured 34 pole positions (seventh all-time).
  • Of Bourdais’ 35 career oval starts, 27 have come in the last six years (26 in last five years).
  • Bourdais has made 28 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).

Qualifying Procedure:

Qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 is unique. It is run over two days, with every participant having an opportunity to turn in a four-lap run on the 2.5-mile oval on Saturday, which this year is also Bump Day. The top 33 qualifiers on Saturday will then return Sunday to set the final grid for the May 27th race. Drivers with the nine fastest times on Saturday will compete for the pole and positions on the first three rows. Drivers who clocked Saturday qualifying times between 10th and 33rd will go on track first on Sunday to set the field for those positions.

Broadcast Times:
The Indianapolis 500 qualifying will continue tomorrowSunday, May 20. Qualifications broadcast times are: Sunday May 204:00 – 6:00 p.m. on ABC.

The 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500, Round 6 of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series, will be held on May 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, IN. The race will be broadcast live on ABC at 11:00 a.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 Indy 500

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS

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

Indianapolis 500 – May 27, 2018

Sebastien Bourdais Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais, No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan, returns to competitive racing on the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval for the first time since having a horrific crash last year in qualifying. Bourdais is coming off a fourth place showing at the INDYCAR Grand Prix, his second consecutive top-five finish (fifth at Barber). He is third in the championship standings with 152 points on the strength of a victory at St. Petersburg, the fifth place performance at Barber, the fourth in the INDYCAR Grand Prix and a pair of 13th place showings at Phoenix and Long Beach.

Career Statistics
Seasons 13 Top-Five 74
Career Starts 176 Top-10 106
Wins 37 Poles 34
Podium 55 Laps Led 2,635
2018  Verizon IndyCar Series Statistics
Starts 5 Top-10 3
Wins 1 Poles 1
Podiums 1 Laps Led 104
Top-Five 3    
2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Results
St. Petersburg S/F 14/1 Barber 3/5
Phoenix 1/13 IndyCar GP 3/4
Long Beach 9/13    
Indianapolis 500 Statistics
Number of Starts 6 2012 Q/S/F 25/25/20
2016 Q/S/F 19/19/9 2005 S/F 15/12
2015 Q/S/F 7/7/11 Best Start 7th (2015)
2014 Q/S/F 17/17/7 Best Finish 7th (2014)
2013 Q/S/F 15/15/29    

 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 Indianapolis 500 will be Bourdais’ 177th Verizon IndyCar Series start, seventh Indianapolis 500 and 36th on an oval.
  • In 176 career IndyCar starts, Bourdais has won 37 races (sixth all-time) and captured 34 pole positions (seventh all-time).
  • In six previous Indianapolis 500-mile races he has two top-10 finishes with a best showing of seventh in 2014. His best qualifying position is seventh in 2015.
  • Bourdais led one lap in the INDYCAR Grand Prix. He is the only driver to have led laps in the first five races of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
  • His total of 104 laps led this year is third behind Robert Wickens, 133 and Josef Newgarden, 107.
  • Of Bourdais’ 35 career oval starts, 27 have come in the last six years (26 in last five years).
  • Bourdais has now made 28 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 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.
  • Bourdais is the only driver to win four consecutive IndyCar championships (2004 – 2007).
  • 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 6 of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season will be the Indianapolis 500 on May 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, IN. The race will be broadcast live on ABC at 11:00 a.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.

The Indianapolis 500 qualifying will held on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20. Qualifications broadcast times are: Saturday May 194:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET on ABC.Sunday May 204:00 – 6:00 p.m. on ABC.

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS SCORES ANOTHER TOP-FIVE FINISH

PLACING FOURTH IN INDYCAR GRAND PRIX                                                         Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary: Sebastien Bourdais piloted the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda/Dallara/Firestone machine to a…

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SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS QUALIFIES THIRD FOR TOMORROW’S INDYCAR GRAND PRIX 

Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Summary: Sebastien Bourdais qualified the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda/Dallara/Firestone car with his best qualifying effort in five attempts on the Indianapolis road course qualifying third for tomorrow’s INDYCAR Grand Prix. Bourdais started the first round of qualifying in Group 2 and posted the fastest lap of the 12 drivers…

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Sebastien Bourdais / Dale Coyne Racing With Vasser-Sullivan – pre race notes Indy GP

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS

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

IndyCar Grand Prix – May 11-12, 2018

 

Sebastien Bourdais 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais, No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan, is coming off a fifth place showing at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. He is third in the championship standings with 119 points (tied with Graham Rahal, but Bourdais owns the tiebreaker) on the strength of a victory at St. Petersburg, the fifth at Barber and 13th place showings at Phoenix and Long Beach.

Sebastien Bourdais Pre-Race Quote:

“This will be my fifth INDYCAR Grand Prix and I have to honest, the first couple of years, finishing fourth, I was a bit disappointed. The last two years we had decent cars, but things just didn’t go our way. I like the design of the circuit. There are a couple of good passing zones, but like all road and street courses, qualifying will be very important. The SealMaster Honda No. 18 has shown good pace the first four races of the season and we’re in the championship hunt, but we know we have our work cut out for us.”

 

Career Statistics
Seasons 13 Top-Five 73
Career Starts 175 Top-10 105
Wins 37 Poles 34
Podium 55 Laps Led 2,634
2018  Verizon IndyCar Series Statistics
Starts 4 Top-10 2
Wins 1 Poles 1
Podiums 1 Laps Led 103
Top-Five 2    
2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Results
St. Petersburg S/F 14/1 Long Beach 9/13
Phoenix 1/13 Barber 3/5
IndyCar Grand Prix Statistics
Number of Starts 4 Best Finish 4 (2014/2015)
2017 Q/S/F 6/6/22 Best Start 6 (2017)
2016 Q/S/F 8/8/24    
2015 Q/S/F 7/7/4    
2014 Q/S/F 7/7/4    

 

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 INDYCAR Grand Prix will be Bourdais’ 176th Verizon IndyCar Series start and fifth on the Indianapolis road course in an Indy car (competed on the Indy road course in Grand AM Rolex Sports Cars and won in 2012).
  • In 175 career IndyCar starts, Bourdais has won 37 races (sixth all-time) and captured 34 pole positions (seventh all-time).
  • In four previous INDYCAR Grand Prix’s he has two top-five finishes, fourth in 2014 and 2015, and a best qualifying position of sixth in 2017.
  • Bourdais led nine laps in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. He is the only driver to have led laps in the first four races of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
  • His total of 103 laps led this year is fourth behind Robert Wickens, 113 and Josef Newgarden, 106.
  • 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.
  • Bourdais is the only driver to win four consecutive IndyCar championships (2004 – 2007).
  • He competed in 27 Formula One races (2008-2009)
  • Bourdais, 39, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Broadcast:
Round 5 of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season will be the IndyCar Grand Prix, May 11-12, on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, IN. 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 15 app.

 

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS FINISHES FIFTH IN HONDA GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS FINISHES FIFTH IN HONDA GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA
BOURDAIS BECOMES ONLY DRIVER TO LEAD LAPS IN FIRST FOUR RACES OF 2018 SEASON

Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary:
The two-day adventure that was the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama finally concluded today. The race which started on Sunday was halted and eventually postponed to Monday due to heavy rain. Sebastien Bourdais, who made his eighth start at Barber Motorsports Park, qualified the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan machine a career best third on the 2.3-mile, 17-turn permanent road course. With heavy rain and possible lightening forecasted the start was pushed forward 27 minutes in an attempt to get at least one hour of running or 46 laps (half the scheduled distance plus one lap) to make it an “official” race. It was also declared a “wet” start which required all drivers to use the Firestone rain tires. When the green flag dropped to start the race, the rain, which up until then had been light, had significantly increased. After two yellow flags for cars that had spun, a red flag was flown due to the very wet, tricky conditions. After a 37-minute delay, competition was resumed and on the restart Will Power hit a puddle, hydroplaned and Bourdais took advantage of the opportunity to duck under and pass Power for second place. Power spun bringing out another yellow flag, but a couple of laps later a second red flag was shown. After another long delay race officials concluded that weather and track conditions would not improve and postponed the contest approximately 15 minutes or 24 laps short of being an official race. The race was restarted on Monday where it had been stopped on Sunday, working lap 23. The weather was cool and dry, but there was the possibility of rain late in the race. Bourdais restarted in second and held station despite saving fuel. Race leader Josef Newgarden pitted on lap 50 and Bourdais, who stayed out longer than all but Scott Dixon, took over the lead making him the only driver to lead laps in the first four races of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Bourdais pitted five laps later briefly dropping to third, but moved back into second when Dixon finally pitted. By pitting so late, Bourdais had enough fuel to finish the race and Newgarden did not. Light rain began to fall around lap 65 and got harder as the laps, and time, ticked down. Newgarden pitted again and took on fuel and rain tires, giving Bourdais back the lead on lap 72 of the 90 lap contest. With plenty of fuel the only thing that could stop him from winning the race was the rain…and it did. The team made the decision to stay out and not take on rain tires in the hope that the weather would improve, but it was not to be. Bourdais pitted on lap 76 for wet tires. The stop was good, but with the wet conditions the pace of the race had slowed and he lost four positions on the stop dropping to fifth where he finished.

 

Qualified:                                                 3rd

Finished:                                                 5th  


Sebastien Bourdais Race Quote:

“It was just a tough day for the SealMaster Honda No. 18 team. It was looking perfect. We executed the plan to perfection. I started on scuffed Firestone red (alternate) tires, so we had a lot of tire degradation, but were still able save more fuel that almost everyone. Josef (Newgarden) went for the push and it looked like we were still going to beat him because he pitted the second time and we got ahead. I had enough fuel to finish, but unfortunately, Mother Nature decided to open the skies and there wasn’t anything we could do about that. We tried to stay out and it bit us. On top of that, when we put on the wet tires, I don’t know what happened but the car was diabolical. I couldn’t do anything. I barely kept Scott (Dixon) behind me. I gave it my best shot, the guys did a good job, but it wasn’t enough. Everyone is executing perfectly. Unfortunately, you can’t predict what the weather is going to do, so you have to make a call one way or the other and we were on the wrong side of the fence today. The good news is we finished fifth and keep putting ourselves in position. Our pace is good and we’re in the championship mix.”

 

Fast Facts:

  • Bourdais is now tied for fourth in the championship standings with 118 points on the strength of a victory at St. Petersburg, the fifth place finish today at Barber and a pair of 13th place showings at Phoenix and Long Beach.
  • Bourdais led nine laps in the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama. He is the only driver to have led laps in the first four races of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
  • His total of 103 laps led this year is fourth behind Robert Wickens, 113 and Josef Newgarden 106
  • Today’s fifth place finish is Bourdais best in eight starts at Barber. He has now finished in the top-10 four times (eighth in 2015 and 2017. Ninth in 2012). He has qualified in the top-10 three times with a best qualifying position of third (2018).
  • 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 Honda Grand Prix of Alabama was Bourdais’ 175th Verizon IndyCar Series start and eighth at Barber Motorsports Park.
  • In 175 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:
Round 5 of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season will be the IndyCar Grand Prix, May 11-12, on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, IN. 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 15 app.

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS QUALIFIES THIRD FOR TOMORROW’S HONDA GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA

Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais had his best qualifying effort in eight attempts at Barber Motorsports Park qualifying third today for tomorrow’s Honda Grand Prix of Alabama. Bourdais, behind the wheel of the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda/Dallara/Firestone car, entered qualifying seventh on the combined speed report following two practice sessions yesterday and one this morning. Bourdais went out in Group 2 in the first round of qualifying and despite not getting a timed lap on the faster Firestone red (alternate) tires due to a red flag, still posted the second fastest lap of the 12 drivers in his group. He therefore advanced to Round 2. In the second round, Bourdais recorded the sixth fastest lap and advanced to the final round of qualifying, the Firestone Fast Six. This is the first time in three road/street events this season that he has advanced to the final round. In the Firestone Fast Six, the team waited until approximately four and a half minutes were left in the six-minute session and made one run again on the red tires. On his first timed lap, Bourdais took over the top spot on the speed charts. However, at the end of the session two drivers slipped past him dropping Bourdais to third overall. The third place qualifying spot surpasses his previous best of fifth at Barber in 2016.

Practice Session No. 3:                        Ninth – 68.0218 sec/121.726 mph
Combined Practice Report:                  Seventh – 67.7971 sec/122.129 (Practice 2)       

Qualifying:                   
Round 1 (Group 2):                          Second – 68.2597 sec
Round 2:                                         Sixth – 67.5435 sec
Round 3 (Firestone Fast Six):           Third – 67.5337 sec/122/605 mph
Qualified:                                              Third – 67.5337 sec/122/605 mph

Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Quote:
“Obviously, a really solid day for the SealMaster Honda No. 18. We’re just missing that final last little bit. I’m not quite sure how we are going to get that thing to turn in the slow speed corners. I’m really struggling to get it in and as the track grips up you can tell we are struggling to keep up. It is what it is, but I am really satisfied with third in qualifying. I don’t think I would have put a lot of money on qualifying that high, to be honest. We really had to be on our “A” game to do that. It was so tight, we were even wondering if we were going to make it out of Q1 (first round of qualifying). I am really happy it turned out the way it did. We tried something overnight that wasn’t quite right and we lost pace this morning in comparison to the opposition. So, we went back to yesterday’s car and tweaked on it and it seemed to be pretty darn good. We will keep digging and see what kind of conditions tomorrow brings. It more than likely looks like rain. I have no idea what that will do because I have never turned a single lap with that car, that bodywork, in the rain. So, there are a lot of question marks, but we will take whatever comes our way. Hopefully, we hit the setup right.”

Fast Facts:

  • This is Bourdais third top-10 qualifying effort in the first four races of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. In addition to today’s third place qualifying effort, he captured the pole at Phoenix and started ninth at Long Beach.
  • This is the second time Bourdais has advance to Round 2 of road/street course qualifying (also did it at Long Beach) and the first time he has made the Firestone Fast Six (the final round) in three road/street races this year.
  • This was Bourdais best qualifying effort in eight attempts at Barber. His previous best was fifth in 2016. He also qualified seventh in 2015.
  • Bourdais has a best finish of eighth in 2015 and 2017.
  • Bourdais is fourth in the championship standings with 88 points on the strength of a victory at St. Petersburg and 13th place showings at Phoenix and Long Beach.
  • 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 Honda Grand Prix of Alabama will be Bourdais’ 175th Verizon IndyCar Series start and eighth at Barber Motorsports Park.
  • In 174 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 (was runner-up in 2015). He has another pole and three runner-up finishes (2007, 2009 and 2011) at Le Mans.
  • Bourdais, 39, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Race Broadcast:
Round 4 of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season will be the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama, April 20-22, at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN at 3:00 p.m. ET.  It is also available on radio: XM 209 and IMS IndyCar Radio as well as online: IndyCar.com and Verizon IndyCar Mobile app.

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS QUALIFIES NINTH FOR TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH

Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Summary: Sebastien Bourdais began and ended the day ninth. Bourdais was ninth on the combined speed report following two practice sessions yesterday, but dropped to 11th after this morning’s practice prior to qualifying. He took the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda/Dallara/Firestone car out in Group 2 in…

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Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary Phoenix GP

BOURDAIS DOMINATES EARLY PART OF PHOENIX GRAND PRIX BUT PIT STOP MISHAP DROPS HIM OUT OF CONTENTION

Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais qualified the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda/Dallara/Firestone car on the pole and then dominated the first 43 laps (led a total of 60 laps in all) of the 250 lap race as well as recording the fastest lap of the race on lap 2. While working lap 40 the first yellow of the race came out and when the pits opened, Bourdais, along with the rest of the field pitted on lap 43. During the stop, Bourdais skated on the pit lane concrete forcing a crew member to fall out of the way. IndyCar officials ruled that Bourdais had hit a crew member and accessed a drive through penalty dropping him to 22ndand a lap down. The talented Frenchman, who resides in St. Petersburg, FL, fought back using his tremendous skill to pass several other competitors, but could not get the timely yellow flag needed to un-lap himself and ended up finishing 13th. The finish dropped Bourdais from first in the championship to third.  Sebastien is just two points out of second and seven out of first heading into next week’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, where Bourdais has traditionally been strong.

 

Qualified:                                                 1st

 

Finished:                                                 13th

 

Sebastien Bourdais Race Quote:

“We were pretty much in control of the race and things were looking good. Then the first and almost only yellow came out. We paraded around for two or three laps and all I was thinking about was hitting my marks when we pitted. I didn’t scrub my tires. I didn’t pay attention that my tires loaded up with a bunch of junk and next thing I knew I was on the concrete in the pit lane. I tried to slow down and locked up the wheels instantly and nothing happened. Nothing. I just skated and two guys left with me. That was the failed moment of the race because after that there were no yellows until all the pit stops were completed. So, that was that. We just never recovered from going down a lap because of the drive through penalty. I made a bunch of passes and recovered a decent amount of positions, but nothing to put us where we belonged. So, pretty disappointing overall, based on starting on the pole and the car we had.

 

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 Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix was Bourdais’ 173rd Verizon IndyCar Series start, third at Phoenix and 35th on an oval.
  • In three starts at Phoenix, Bourdais has a best starting position of first (2018) and a best finish of eighth (2016).
  • In 173 career IndyCar starts, Bourdais has won 37 races (sixth all-time) and captured 34 pole positions (seventh all-time).
  • Of Bourdais’ 35 career oval starts, 27 have come in the last six years (26 in last five years).
  • Bourdais has now made 28 IndyCar oval starts (includes 2005 Indy 500) with a best qualifying effort of first at Phoenix in 2018. Phoenix was his first pole since Mid-Ohio in 2014 and first on an oval since 2006 when he won 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).
  • 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 (was runner-up in 2015). He has another pole and three runner-up finishes (2007, 2009 and 2011) at Le Mans.
  • Bourdais, 39, is a native of Le Mans, France, but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

 

Next Race:
Round 3 of the 2018 Version IndyCar Series will be the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 13-15, on the streets of Long Beach, CA. Qualifying will be broadcast live on NBCSN at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 14. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN at 4:00 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.

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