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KVSH Racing’s Bourdais Finishes Oval Season-High Fifth at Pocono

KVSH RACING’S SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS FINISHES OVAL SEASON-HIGH FIFTH IN RAIN DELAYED ABC SUPPLY 500

KVSH Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais drove the No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH Racing machine to an oval season-high fifth place finish today in the rain delayed ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA. Bourdais, who qualified 18th gave an indication of things to come in the final practice following Saturday’s qualifying. Running in “race trim” he posted the fourth quickest time of the session. Sunday’s originally scheduled 200-lap event was postponed due to heavy rain and rescheduled for today. The race opened with a first lap crash by Takuma Sato and on lap six of the caution period Bourdais stopped for some extra fuel. In addition, the team took some extra time in the pits during the first few pit stops to make adjustments to the car. From that point on Bourdais slowly, but surely worked his way through the field moving into the top-10, essentially for good, just before the halfway point on lap 91. On lap 177, the final caution of the race came out and Bourdais made his last pit stop. In a crucial strategy decision, the team, with Bourdais in agreement, decided to take fuel only and not change tires. The move vaulted Bourdais from seventh to second place. Unfortunately, just before the restart, the computer blend line software erroneously informed the team that they had to move back one position, which Bourdais did as the track went green. However, in doing so he lost momentum and two more spots dropping to fifth. Bourdais fought his way back to fourth, but in the closing laps lost one spot to a hard charging Ryan Hunter-Reay. The fifth place finish is Bourdais second highest fof the season behind the victory in Detroit Race 1 and his best on an oval this year.

Qualified:    18th

Finished:      Fifth

Sebastien Bourdais Race Day Quote:
“It was a pretty good day for the Hydroxycut – KVSH Racing Team. We took some penalties with long pit stops to set the car up early on, but even though we were marginal on front grip we were running a pretty solid race. We passed Dixie (Scott Dixon), passed Kanaan (Tony), passed some Penskes, not the top one, but when you do that, things are going pretty good. Then you end up finishing fifth after there was some computer confusion about our position on the restart. Overall, you have to consider that it was a great day. It was definitely our strongest showing on a super speedway. We learned something this weekend, something we have been missing. The crew did a really good job and the Hydroxycut Chevy machine was really strong. So I am really happy with the result.”

Fast Facts:

  • The 2016 ABC Supply 500 was Bourdais’ 161st career Verizon IndyCar Series start, 48th with KVSH Racing, 32nd (2016 Texas suspended, but counted) on an oval and fourth at Pocono Speedway.
  • This is Bourdais best finish In four races at Pocono Raceway surpassing two 16th place showings (2013 and 2014).
  • It is his best super-speedway finish since returning to IndyCar competition in 2011 surpassing a seventh place showing in the 2014 Indianapolis 500. He won at Lausitzring in 2003.
  • Bourdais has finished in the top-10 in eight of the 13 races completed during the 2016 season (Texas suspended) with two top-five showings (Detroit Race 1 and Pocono) and the one win (Detroit Race
  • Bourdais has finished in the top-10 in all four oval races completed this year. In addition to today’s fifth place showing he has finished eighth at Iowa and Phoenix and ninth in the, Indy 500.
  • He is 14th in the championship race with 314 points, 19 out of 10th and 70 out of fifth.
  • Of Bourdais 32 career oval starts, 23 have come in the last three years.
  • Bourdais has made 24 IndyCar oval starts (one start in 2005, the Indy 500) with a best qualifying of fourth at Fontana in 2013. His best finish is a win at Milwaukee in 2015, his first on an oval since 2006 also at Milwaukee.
  • Bourdais made eight oval starts in Champ Cars earning four victories, Lausitzring, 2003; Las Vegas, 2004 and 2005; Milwaukee, 2006. He captured three poles: Lausitzring, 2003; Las Vegas, 2005 and Milwaukee, 2006.
  • This is Bourdais’ 11th Verizon IndyCar Series season and third with KVSH Racing
  • In 161 career IndyCar starts, Bourdais has won 35 races (tied with Bobby Unser for sixth all-time) and taken 33 pole positions (tied for seventh).
  • Bourdais is the only driver to win four consecutive IndyCar championships, taking the title in 2004 – 2007 (Champ Car World Series).
  • Bourdais won from the pole at the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours this year in the GTE Pro category. He has another pole and three runner-up finishes (2007, 2009 and 2011) in 10 previous starts in his hometown. Bourdais has also won the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans in 2015 and the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2014 (was runner-up in 2015),
  • Bourdais, 37, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Next Race:
Next up on the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series will be the resumption of the suspended Firestone 600 on Saturday, August 27 at Texas Motor Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN at 9:00 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.

KVSH Racing’s Bourdais Qualifies 18th for ABC Supply 500

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone ABC Supply 500 – Qualifying – Saturday, August 20, 2016 Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Summary: KVSH RACING’S SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS QUALIFIES 18th FOR TOMORROW’S ABC SUPPLY 500 Bourdais, behind the wheel of the No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH Racing machine, was 20th on the speed charts after the…

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KVSH Racing’s Bourdais Quote and Notes Pocono

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS
NO. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH RACING CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE
ABC Supply 500 – Pocono Speedway – August 20-21, 2016
Round 14 of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Season

KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais is coming off a strong, but disappointing race at Mid-Ohio. He qualified 16th, but with the help of a solid strategy was running in fifth place with just a few laps remaining when he had an incident with Takuma Sato. The resulting damage knocked Bourdais out of the race placing him 20th. Bourdais remains 14th in the championship race with 283 points, 35 out of 10th and 74 out of fifth.

Sebastien Bourdais Quote:
“Pocono is a very unusual oval. It has some very unique characteristics, which is, of course, why it is called the ‘Tricky Triangle’. I think we have made progress with the Hydroxycut machine with our oval set up, but unfortunately we did not test at Pocono, so we won’t know for sure where we are until we get there. Chevy has given us great power and the best aero package, which has helped us finish in the top-10 on every oval so far this year. Hopefully, we can do even better this weekend at Pocono and position ourselves for a strong finish to the season.”

Fast Facts:

  • Sebastien Bourdais will drive the No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone entry in the ABC Supply 500.
  • The 2016 ABC Supply 500 will be Bourdais’ 161st career Verizon IndyCar Series start, 48th with KVSH Racing, 32nd (2016 Texas suspended, but counted) on an oval and fourth at Pocono Speedway.
  • In three previous appearances at Pocono, Bourdais has a best qualifying position of 10th (2015) and a best finish of 16th (2013 and 2014).
  • Bourdais has finished in the top-10 in seven of the 12 races completed during the 2016 season (Texas suspended) with one win (Detroit Race 1).
  • He has finished in the top-10 in all three oval races completed this year (Eighth – Iowa and Phoenix; Ninth, Indy 500)
  • Bourdais best starting position on an oval this year is 16th at Iowa (18th at Phoenix, 19th at the Indy 500 and 19th at Texas). His best qualifying position this year is fifth on the road circuit at Barber Motorsports Park).
  • This is Bourdais’ 11th Verizon IndyCar Series season and third with KVSH Racing
  • Of Bourdais 31 career oval starts, 22 have come in the last three years.
  • Bourdais has made 23 IndyCar oval starts (one start in 2005, the Indy 500) with a best qualifying of fourth at Fontana in 2013. His best finish is a win at Milwaukee in 2015, his first on an oval since 2006 also at Milwaukee.
  • Bourdais made eight oval starts in Champ Cars earning four victories, Lausitz, 2003; Las Vegas, 2004 and 2005; Milwaukee, 2006. He captured three poles: Lausitz, 2003; Las Vegas, 2005 and Milwaukee, 2006.
  • In 160 career IndyCar starts, Bourdais has won 35 races (tied with Bobby Unser for sixth all-time) and taken 33 pole positions (tied for seventh).
  • Bourdais is the only driver to win four consecutive IndyCar championships, taking the title in 2004 – 2007 (Champ Car World Series).
  • Bourdais won from the pole at the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours this year in the GTE Pro category. He has another pole and three runner-up finishes (2007, 2009 and 2011) in 10 previous starts in his hometown. Bourdais has also won the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans in 2015 and the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2014 (was runner-up in 2015),
  • Bourdais, 37, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio – Race Day – Sunday, July 31, 2016

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio – Race Day – Sunday, July 31, 2016 Sebastien Bourdais Race Day Summary: In the morning warmup prior to today’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, Sebastien Bourdais put the No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone entry eighth on…

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Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio – Qualifying – Saturday, July 30, 2016

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio – Qualifying – Saturday, July 30, 2016 Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Summary: Sebastien Bourdais, No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone, was 14th on the combined speed report following two practice sessions on Friday. He started today by moving up…

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KVSH Racing’s Bourdais Qualifies Fifth for Honda Indy Toronto

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone Honda Indy Toronto – Saturday, July 16 – Qualifying Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Summary: Sebastien Bourdais, in the No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone entry, started the day at the top of the speed charts in the final practice before qualifying. In qualifying, he…

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Bourdais Shows Speed During Practice for Honda Indy Toronto

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone Honda Indy Toronto – Friday, July 15 – Practice Sebastien Bourdais Practice Summary: Sebastien Bourdais came out firing on all cylinders during the opening day of practice for Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto. The talented Frenchmen, behind the wheel of the No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT –…

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KVSH Racing Bourdais Quote and Notes Toronto

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS NO. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH RACING CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE  Honda Indy Toronto – July 15-17, 2016 Round 12 of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Season KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais is coming off a solid eighth place finish on the oval at Iowa Speedway. It was his third top-10 finish in three oval races…

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KVSH Racing’s Bourdais Finishes Eighth In Iowa Corn 300

Qualified: 16th 

Finished:  Eighth                             

Iowa Corn 300 Race Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone entry was seventh on the speed charts after both practice sessions yesterday, but qualified 16th for the Iowa Corn 300. He drove a solid race picking his way through the field and moving into 11th place after the first round of pit stops. Bourdais cracked the top-10 for good, at No. 10, on approximately lap 130 of the 300-lap contest. He stayed in the top-10 for the final 170 laps getting as high as sixth before finishing eighth.

Sebastien Bourdais Race Day Quote:
“It was a very average day although the result was pretty decent considering we started 16th. The Hydroxycut – Chevy machine was way too slow. We went conservative on the downforce and had way more downforce than anyone else. Overall we just weren’t competitive pace wise. We got a little lucky, although we created some of our luck. We stayed out late on many stints, which was the result of running a lot of downforce so we were taking pretty good care of the tires. We were getting passed early, but we passed a couple of cars toward the end of the runs. There was just no speed in the car, which is always frustrating when you are behind the wheel. On top of that I stalled the car on the last pit stop. I am not quite sure what happened there. So it was just a tough day at the office, but the Hydroxycut – KVSH guys did a good job and we got some decent points.”

Fast Facts:                                                                                    

  • This is Bourdais’ best finish at Iowa Speedway in four attempts. His previous high was a ninth in 2015.
  • Bourdais has finished in the top-10 in six of the 10 races completed during the 2016 season with one win (Detroit Race 1).
  • He has finished in the top-10 in all three oval races completed this year (eight – Iowa and Phoenix; Ninth, Indy 500)
  • The 16th place starting position is his best on an oval this year, 18th at Phoenix, 19th at the Indy 500 and 19th at Texas. His best qualifying position this year is fifth on the road circuit at Barber Motorsports Park).
  • Bourdais remains 14th in the championship standings with 246 points.
  • This is Bourdais’ 11th Verizon IndyCar Series season and third with KVSH Racing
  • The 2016 Iowa Corn 300 was Bourdais’ 158th career Verizon IndyCar Series start, 45th with KVSH Racing, 31st (2016 Texas suspended, but counted) on an oval and fourth at Iowa Speedway.
  • Of Bourdais 31 career oval starts, 22 have come in the last three years.
  • Bourdais has made 23 IndyCar oval starts (one start in 2005, the Indy 500) with a best qualifying of fourth at Fontana in 2013. His best finish is a win at Milwaukee in 2015, his first on an oval since 2006 also at Milwaukee.
  • Bourdais made eight oval starts in Champ Cars earning four victories, Lausitz, 2003; Las Vegas, 2004 and 2005; Milwaukee, 2006. He captured three poles: Lausitz, 2003; Las Vegas, 2005 and Milwaukee, 2006.
  • In 158 career IndyCar starts, Bourdais has won 35 races (tied with Bobby Unser for sixth all-time) and taken 33 pole positions (tied for seventh).
  • Bourdais is the only driver to win four consecutive IndyCar championships, taking the title in 2004 – 2007 (Champ Car World Series).
  • Bourdais, 37, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Next Race:
Round 12 of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season will be the Honda Indy Toronto, July 15-17 on the temporary street circuit in Toronto, Canada. The race will be broadcast live on CNBC at 2:30 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.

KVSH Racing’s Bourdais Qualifies 16th for Iowa Corn 300

Practice 1:
Seventh – 17.4019 seconds/184.945 mph

Qualifying:
Lap 1: 17.8887 seconds
Lap 2: 17.6884 seconds
Total Time/Average Speed: 35.5771 seconds/180.925 mph
Qualified: 16th

Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Quote:
“We were too optimistic with the downforce level given the track conditions with the track temp going up. I was sliding all over the place. The balance was good on the Hydroxycut Chevy machine. I just had no grip. We trimmed a little more than where we were this morning, we went for it, but it was not a smart move. It is what it is”
                                                                                          
Fast Facts:

  • Sebastien Bourdais will drive the No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone entry in the Iowa Corn 300.
  • Bourdais has qualified in the top-10 in three of the first 11races this season with a best starting position of fifth at Barber Motorsports Park (eighth, St. Petersburg; 10th, Indy GP).
  • The 2016 Iowa Corn 300 will be Bourdais’ 158th career Verizon IndyCar Series start, 45th with KVSH Racing, 31st (2016 Texas suspended, but counted) on an oval and fourth at Iowa Speedway.
  • Bourdais has a best qualifying position of sixth in 2014 at Iowa Speedway in four attempts.
  • In three previous races he has a best finish of ninth in 2015.
  • Of Bourdais 30 career oval starts, 21 have come in the last three years.
  • Bourdais has made 22 IndyCar oval starts (one start in 2005, the Indy 500) with a best qualifying of fourth at Fontana in 2013. His best finish is a win at Milwaukee in 2015, his first on an oval since 2006 also at Milwaukee.
  • Bourdais made eight oval starts in Champ Cars earning four victories, Lausitz, 2003; Las Vegas, 2004 and 2005; Milwaukee, 2006. He captured three poles: Lausitz, 2003; Las Vegas, 2005 and Milwaukee, 2006.
  • Bourdais has finished in the top-10 in five of the nine races completed during the 2016 season with one win (Detroit Race 1).
  • He currently sits 14 in the championship standings with 222 points, but just 61 points out of fifth.
  • This is Bourdais’ 11th Verizon IndyCar Series season and third with KVSH Racing
  • In 157 career IndyCar starts, Bourdais has won 35 races (tied with Bobby Unser for sixth all-time) and taken 33 pole positions (tied for seventh).
  • Bourdais is the only driver to win four consecutive IndyCar championships, taking the title in 2004 – 2007 (Champ Car World Series).
  • Bourdais, 37, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Race Broadcast:
Round 11 of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season will be the Iowa Corn 300, July 9-10 at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN at 5:00 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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