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BOURDAIS HAS SOLID QUALIFYING EFFORT FOR ABC SUPPLY CO. INC. 500

Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Summary: Sebastien Bourdais had a solid qualifying run in the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan car, and will start eighth in tomorrow’s ABC Supply Co. Inc. 500 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA. Bourdais went out 13thof the 22 cars to make a qualifying attempt and recorded a…

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BOURDAIS HAS PHENOMENAL RACE GOES FROM LAST TO SIXTH IN HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO

Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais drove a phenomenal race today going from last on the grid to sixth in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH. Bourdais, in the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan car, started 24th after he was relegated to the back of the field for causing a red flag during yesterday’s qualifying. However, in the race he was on the move from the drop of the green flag making one remarkable pass after another on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn permanent road circuit where it is notoriously difficult to do so, Bourdais was in 12th by lap 25 of the 90- lap contest. He moved into 10th by lap 34, was solidly in the top 10 by lap 66 and never looked back. Bourdais improved a total of 18 positions with a minimum of 16 coming on passes made on the track with most coming by going around the outside. A difficult maneuver under any circumstances. Utilizing a strategy that allowed him to run in clean air, Bourdais capitalized on the speed the team knew was in the car to close the gaps and set up the numerous passes. He also benefitted from having three new sets of the Firestone alternate (red) tires because of his early exit from qualifying. Bourdais, while not the winner, was clearly the star of the race. 

 

Sebastien Bourdais Race Quote:

“Today was making up for a big mess up yesterday. It’s sad because the SealMaster Honda No. 18 car could have been a winner today with our pace. We had a good strategy and it was a heck of a drive. I don’t think it gets much better than that, going from 24th to 6th in a straight up fight (no caution flags) on a track that’s difficult to pass. Obviously, a lot of what ifs to come to mind, so it is a little bitter sweet. Overall, I am really happy with the day, but quite disappointed for the group as far as the weekend is concerned. I think we could have been on the podium.”

Fast Facts:

  • This is Bourdais’ fifth top-10 finishes (three in the top-five) of the season. In addition to today’s sixth place showing he has a win at St. Petersburg, a fourth place finish in the INDYCAR GP, a fifth at Barber Motorsports Park and placed eighth in Texas.
  • In eight starts at Mid-Ohio, he has now finished in the top 10 five times with three top-five performances and a best showing of second in 2014.
  • Bourdais earned 28 points for his effort today vaulting him from 12th place in the championship standings to 10th with 293 points.
  • 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 Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio was Bourdais’ 184th Verizon IndyCar Series start.
  • In 184 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 14 of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series, will be the ABC Supply Co. Inc 500, August 19, at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN at 1:30 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.

TURN 2 INCIDENT ENDS BOURDAIS QUALIFYING RUN FOR THE HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO

Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Summary: Sebastien Bourdais had an incident in Turn 2 on the “out” lap of the Round 1, Group 2 qualifying session and will start 24thin tomorrow’s Honda Indy 200 on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH. Bourdais, behind the wheel of the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing with…

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BOURDAIS HAS CHALLENGING HONDA INDY TORONTO

Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary: Sebastien Bourdais had a challenging race today in the No. 18 Team Mouser Electronics/Molex – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan car finishing 19th in the Honda Indy Toronto on the temporary street circuit in Toronto, Canada. Bourdais started 17th, however worked his way up to 11th during the first stint of the race….

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RAIN AND RED FLAG WRECK BOURDAIS’ QUALIFYING RUN

 Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Summary: A wet track and an early red flag wrecked Sebastien Bourdais’ qualifying run for tomorrow’s Honda Indy Toronto on the temporary street circuit in Toronto, Canada. Rain forced drivers in Round 1, Group 1 to begin qualifying on rain tires. Bourdais, in the No. 18 Team Mouser Electronics/Molex – Dale Coyne…

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Bourdais has Strong Drive Solid Finish in Iowa

Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais, behind the wheel of the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan car, came from 15th place on the starting grid to finish 11th in the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway in Newton, IA. Bourdais, who was one of the few drivers that did not test here earlier in the month due to inclement weather, struggled in practice and qualifying. However, in the race the team made a change after the first pit stop that allowed Bourdais to “race.” The 13-year IndyCar veteran used all his skill and knowledge to manage his tires and run the longest stints of any driver. Bourdais was in the lower third of the field for much of the race, however during the last stint in particular, while other drivers were battling tire and handling issues, Bourdais was not only in control, but used the opportunity to make several late passes to work his way back to just outside the top-10.

Sebastien Bourdais Race Quote:

“The SealMaster Honda team pretty much got the best result we could have today. It has been a really tough weekend. We didn’t test here and when we unloaded we had to make a bunch of changes. I wouldn’t say we threw the kitchen sink at it because there was a lot of though and analysis that went into the changes we made. However, there were big swings trying to figure out how we could get the car in the zone. When you do that you start the race with an unknown and we got it wrong at first. Maybe we were too sensitive to the conditions. It only took two turns of front wing and that brought the car back to life. My race really started after the first pit stop. After that I was racy. It was a good recovery once we got those two turns of front wing out. I am really proud of the guys. They dug deep. I wish it had been a better result. We will keep trying and come back stronger next year.

Fast Facts:

  • Bourdais earned 19 points today and is now 10th in the championship standings with 254 points on the strength of four.top-10 finishes (three in the top-five) including a win at St. Petersburg, a fourth place finish in the INDYCAR GP and a fifth at Barber Motorsports Park (eighth in Texas).
  • In five races at Iowa, Bourdais has finished in the top-10 twice placing eighth in 2016 and ninth in 2015).
  • 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 Iowa Corn 300 was Bourdais’ 182nd Verizon IndyCar Series start, 38th on an oval and fifth at Iowa Speedway.
  • In 182 career IndyCar starts, Bourdais has won 37 races (sixth all-time) and captured 34 pole positions (seventh all-time).
  • Of Bourdais’ 38 career oval starts, 30 have come in the last six years (29 in last five years).
  • Bourdais has made 31 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 12 of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series, will be the Honda Indy Toronto, July 15, on the temporary street circuit at Toronto, Canada. 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 15 app.

Bourdais pre race notes Iowa

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS
18 TEAM SEALMASTER – DALE COYNE RACING WITH VASSER-SULLIVAN
HONDA/DALLARA/FIRESTONE

Iowa Corn 300 – Iowa Speedway – July 7-8, 2018

 

Sebastien Bourdais Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais will pilot the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan entry this weekend in the Iowa Corn 300 on the 0.894-mile Iowa Speedway oval in Newton, IA. Bourdais is coming off a 13th place finish two weeks ago at Road America. He is ninth in the championship standings with 235 points. Bourdais 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).

 

Sebastien Bourdais quotes:

“We have qualified very well this year including the ovals and the car has been strong in the races, so I am pretty happy about that. However, Iowa’s track is trickier, especially with the lower level of downforce we will use this year and what is expected to be a hot weather race. We, unfortunately, didn’t get an opportunity to test unlike half of the field, so we won’t know what we have until we unload the car and get to it, but I count on my SealMaster crew to give me another very competitive car. At this point in the season, I’m just looking to have a good result and see how things play out. We’ll just need to keep working hard and hopefully catch a break.”

 

Career Statistics
Seasons 13 Top-Five 74
Career Starts 181 Top-10 107
Wins 37 Poles 34
Podiums 55 Laps Led 2,639
2018  Verizon IndyCar Series Statistics
Starts 10 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 ¾ Road America 6/13
Iowa Statistics
Number of Starts 4    
2016 Q/S//F 16/16/8 2013 Q/S/F 22/19/14
2015 Q/S/F 24/24/9 Best Finish 8th 2016
2014 Q/S/F 6/6/19 Best Start 6th 2014

 

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 Iowa Corn 300 will be Bourdais’ 182nd Verizon IndyCar Series start, 38th on an oval and fifth at Iowa Speedway.
  • In four previous races at Iowa Bourdais has a best starting position of sixth in 2014 and a best finish of eighth in 2016.
  • In 181 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 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 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.

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.

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