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Stefan Wilson Completes Rookie Orientation for 100th Indy 500

Completed Rookie Orientation Program in the morning and ran full practice in the afternoon.

Fastest lap: 40.4352 seconds/222.578 mph – 25th on speed charts

Stefan Wilson quote RE: Rookie Orientation:
RE: His first time on track this morning:
“I went really fast… It was amazing to be out at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway driving an IndyCar for the first time and just a big learning curve. It was great to get through phases 1 and 2 of rookie orientation and so we could focus on phase 3 in the afternoon. After all the anticipation that was building up for this first time, these first laps, it’s great to get out there and just feel it out and know what I’m dealing with the rest of the week. It was really tough because you have to stay within that speed window, you’ve got the speed on your dash so you’re just trying to figure out what you need to do to stay in those speed windows – trying to lift off the gas and accelerate to try and stay in that window. It was the first time I had to do math and try and drive a car at the same time, so I’m looking forward to letting loose and driving the car without worrying about staying under a certain speed.”

RE: The afternoon session:
“I felt pretty good, we had a goal of getting through ROP today, all three phases and we were able to achieve that. The goal was to get as many laps as possible and get comfortable and just get a good solid data reference for the rest of the week. I feel like we achieved all of those goals and we can sleep on it tonight, come back tomorrow or Wednesday, depending on the weather, and start from the point onward. It was a lot of fun.”

Fast Facts:

  • Stefan Wilson is piloting the No. 25 Driven2SaveLives – KVRT Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone entry at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • The 2016 Indianapolis 500 will be Wilson’s second career Verizon IndyCar Series start, first with KVRT Racing, first in an IndyCar on an oval and first in an IndyCar at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • He debut in an IndyCar with Dale Coyne Racing in 2013 finishing 16th in Baltimore.
  • Wilson competed in Indy Lights from 2009-2012 making 32 starts (2009 – Walker Racing, six starts; 2010 – Bryan Herta Racing, 11 starts; 2011 – Andretti Autosport, 14 starts and 2012 – Fan Force United, one start).
  • His best season was 2011 when he finished third in the Indy Lights championship for Andretti Autosport on the strength of two wins, Toronto and Kentucky.
  • He made two Indy Lights starts at IMS with a best showing of fourth in 2011 (seventh in 2010.
  • Wilson is the brother of the late Justin Wilson who passed away in an accident at Pocono Raceway on August 24, 2015.
  • Wilson, 26, is a native of Sheffield, England, but resides with his wife Katie in Indianapolis, IN.

About Rookie Orientation (ROP):
The Rookie Orientation Program (ROP) requires that a Rookie Driver at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway must pass three phases, totaling 40 laps. Rookie Drivers must successfully complete a minimum of two of the three phases to be eligible to participate in full practice when the event begins. No Rookie Driver will be eligible for a qualifications attempt prior to completing the final phase.

The three phases are:
Phase One 10 laps at 205-210 mph, Phase Two 15 laps at 210-215 mph and Phase Three 15 laps at 215+mph. The laps do not have to be consecutive. The phases and corresponding speeds may be adjusted based on track/weather conditions.

Next Race:
Round 6 of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season will be the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, Sunday, May 29, on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. The race well 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 21 and Sunday, May 22. Qualifications broadcast times are: Saturday May 21:4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET on ABC. Sunday May 22: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on ESPN3 and 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on ABC.

KVSH Racing’s Bourdais Has Solid First Day of Testing for 100th Indy 500

Fastest lap: 40.3488 seconds/223.055 mph – 22nd on speed charts

Sebastien Bourdais Practice Quote:
“It was a decent start of the week for the Hydroxycut – KVSH Racing team. We started with a setup that was quite different than what we are used to. We are still trying to acclimatize to the aero configuration for this year and come up with something that makes sense. The car is very sensible right now. It gives me good confidence on entry. We just need to dial out the understeer in traffic and find some speed. So, that is what we are going to do.”

Fast Facts:

  • Sebastien Bourdais will drive the No. 11 KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone entry in the 2016 Indianapolis 500.
  • The 2016 Indianapolis 500 will be Bourdais’ 153rd career Verizon IndyCar Series start, 40th with KVSH Racing, 29th on an oval and sixth on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval.
  • In five previous Indy 500 starts Bourdais has a best qualifying effort of seventh in 2015 and a best finish of seventh in 2014.
  • In the first five races of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season, Bourdais has finished in the top-10 twice, eighth at Phoenix and ninth at Long Beach. He is currently 19th in the championship standings with 75 points.
  • Of Bourdais 28 career oval starts, 19 have come in the last three years.
  • Bourdais has made 20 IndyCar oval starts with a best qualifying of fourth at Fontana in 2013. His best finish is a win at Milwaukee, July 12, 2015, his first on an oval since 2006 also at Milwaukee.
  • He 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; Milwaukee 2006.

Next Race:
Round 6 of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season will be the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, Sunday, May 29, at on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. The race well 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 21 and Sunday, May 22. Qualifications broadcast times are: Saturday May 21:4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET on ABC. Sunday May 22: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on ESPN3 and 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on ABC.

Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis – Sat. May 14 – Race Day

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS No. 11 Team EUROPA – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis – Sat. May 14 – Race Day Qualified:         Eighth                   Finish:             24th Sebastien Bourdais Race Quote: “Obviously it was a disappointing end to the weekend for the Europa – KVSH Racing team especially since we damaged the car. I…

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KVSH Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais Quote and Notes Indy GP

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS
NO. 11 TEAM EUROPA – KVSH RACING CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE
Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis – May 12-14, 2016
KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais enters the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, Round 5 of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season, looking to jump-start his championship hopes. Bourdais, who has two top-10 finishes in the first four races of the 2016 season, currently sits 14th in the championship standings with 69 points. He is 18 points out of 10th place.

Sebastien Bourdais quote:
“I like the design of the Indy road circuit. There are a couple of good passing zones, but like all the road and street courses on the schedule, qualifying will be very important. We have finished fourth in the Indy Grand Prix the last two years and last year it was our first top-five finish of the season. Hopefully we can at least do that again this year. The EUROPA – KVSH Racing team has shown good pace, but we haven’t achieved the results we wanted so far this season. We just have to keep working and have a good race this weekend for the team and our sponsors.”

  • Sebastien Bourdais will pilot the No. 11 Team EUROPA – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone entry at the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
  • The 2016 Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indiana will be Bourdais’ 152nd career Verizon IndyCar Series start, 39th with KVSH Racing and third on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
  • In two previous IndyCar appearances on the IMS road course, Bourdais has qualified seventh and finished fourth both times.
  • Bourdais is contesting his 11th Verizon IndyCar season and third with KVSH Racing
  • In 151 career IndyCar starts, Bourdais has won 34 races and taken 33 pole positions, tying him for seventh on the all-time list in each category.
  • 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.

KV Racing Technology Adds Stefan Wilson as Third Indy 500 Entry

The No. 25 KV Racing Technology/Team Pelfrey entry that Stefan Wilson will pilot in an attempt to make the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 (Photo courtesy of Stefan Wilson)

The No. 25 KV Racing Technology/Team Pelfrey entry that Stefan Wilson will pilot in an attempt to make the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 (Photo courtesy of Stefan Wilson)

Stefan Wilson enters Indy 500 with campaign to honor late brother

Driven2SaveLives to promote organ donation, transplantation awareness

INDIANAPOLIS – KV Racing Technology announced today that Stefan Wilson is entering the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in the No. 25 Driven2SaveLives – KVRT Chevrolet. Stefan is partnering with Indiana Donor Network on Driven2SaveLives, a campaign to promote organ, tissue and eye donation and transplantation in honor of his late older brother, IndyCar driver Justin Wilson.

“Like so many other drivers, I grew up dreaming about the Indianapolis 500 and it’s all I’ve worked toward for the past few years. Justin raced in the 500 eight times and it was a dream to join him on the starting grid and race against him. I just never anticipated a situation where Justin wouldn’t be there with me,” said Stefan, a U.K. native who now calls Indianapolis home.

Justin died in August 2015 from injuries he sustained in a race crash at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. He had previously registered his decision to become an organ donor and had discussed it with his wife. That selfless decision meant Justin saved five lives.

Now a registered donor himself, Stefan and Indiana Donor Network hope to get 2,500 people across the country to register their decision to donate through Driven2SaveLives. Indiana Donor Network, one of 58 designated organ recovery organizations in the U.S., oversees and coordinates organ, tissue and eye donation, and provides public education on donation and transplantation across the state.

“Justin’s decision to be an organ donor ended up being the one shining light out of that dark, terrible time after Pocono,” said Stefan. “I’m grateful to Indiana Donor Network and KV Racing Technology for the opportunity to fulfill a racing dream and to honor Justin’s legacy on such a monumental stage as the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.”

Stefan Wilson after announcing that he will attempt to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil with KV Racing Technology ((Photo Courtesy of IndyCar - Chris Owens)

Stefan Wilson after announcing that he will attempt to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil with KV Racing Technology ((Photo Courtesy of IndyCar – Chris Owens)

“Stefan’s story really personifies our mission at Indiana Donor Network,” said Kellie Hanner, president and chief executive officer at Indiana Donor Network. “His experience with Justin’s organ donation illustrates firsthand what it means to save and enhance lives. We couldn’t ask for a better champion and we hope Driven2SaveLives inspires others to become registered donors like the Wilson brothers.”

Stefan’s teammates for the Indianapolis 500, Sébastien Bourdais and Matthew Brabham, will also carry the campaign logo on their cars in support.

“We are pleased to announce that Stefan – a talented driver and an outstanding young man – will be driving for KV Racing Technology,” said Kevin Kalkhoven, co-owner of KV Racing Technology. “Stefan has raced at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before with Indy Lights but this will be his first INDYCAR race there and we look forward to having him on our team for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.”

“Having spoken with Stefan throughout the winter about this project, I am very pleased to see it come to fruition,” said Jimmy Vasser, co-owner of KV Racing Technology. “Not only has Stefan proven to be a fast driver but he brings the complete package to the table. It also goes without saying that it will warm the hearts of everyone in the racing community to see him drive the No. 25.”

FACTS:

  • More than 120,000 people nationwide are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants.
  • In the time it takes four cars to complete a four-lap qualifying attempt at IMS, another person is added to the national transplant waiting list.
  • Each day, 22 people on average in the U.S. die because a donated organ wasn’t made available in time.
    • That’s equivalent to the first seven rows of cars in the Indy 500 starting lineup.
  • It takes less time to fill out a donor registration form than it does for an IndyCar driver to complete one lap around IMS.
  • Approximately 90 percent of Americans support organ donation, yet only 50 percent are registered.
  • You can register to become an organ and tissue donor here.

KVSH Racing’s Bourdais Quote and Notes Honda Indy GP of Alabama

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS No. 11 Team EUROPA – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama – Sunday, April 24 – Race Day Qualified:         Fifth                      Finish:             16th                   Sebastien Bourdais Race Quote: “Obviously not what we wanted today. I feel really sorry for Scott (Dixon). He was collateral damage in something that was…

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Bourdais Qualifies Season High Fifth for Honda GP of Alabama

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS No. 11 Team EUROPA – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama – Saturday, April 23 – Qualifying Qualifying: Round 1 (Group 1): Second – 66.9427 secs/123.688 mph Round 2: First – 66.6001 secs/124.324 mph (track record) Round 3 (Firestone Fast Six): Fifth – 67.2965 secs/123.038 mph Qualified: Fifth Sebastien Bourdais…

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Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama – Friday, April 22 – Practice

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS No. 11 Team EUROPA – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama – Friday, April 22 – Practice Practice No. 1: First – 67.3399 secs/122.958 mph Practice No. 2: 10th – 67.5831 secs/122.516 mph Combined speed report: Fourth (from practice No. 1) – 67.3399 secs/122.958 mph“We came out of the test…

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KVSH Racing Bourdais Quote and Notes Barber

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS
NO. 11 TEAM EUROPA – KVSH RACING CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE
Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama – April 22-24, 2016

KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais is coming off a solid ninth place finish last weekend in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Round 3 of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season. The top-10 finish is his second in the first three races this year. Bourdais currently sits 14th in the championship standings with 55 points, but is just seven points out of eighth place.

Sebastien Bourdais quote:
“I am looking forward to racing at Barber Motorsports Park this weekend. The KVSH Racing team had a good test at Barber a few weeks ago and we have had a strong car there the last couple of years. We just haven’t achieved the results we should have. I think we will come off the transporter with a good baseline setup and can make the right adjustments based on the weather and track conditions. The biggest thing we need to focus on this weekend is to qualify well. If we can do that…if we can start at the front this race, we can have a good result.”

  • Sebastien Bourdais will pilot the No. 11 Team EUROPA – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone entry at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.
  • The 2016 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama will be Bourdais’ 151st career Verizon IndyCar Series start, 38th with KVSH Racing and sixth at Barber Motorsports Park.
  • Bourdais is contesting his 11th Verizon IndyCar season and third with KVSH Racing
  • In five previous appearances at Barber, Bourdais has two top-10 with a best finish of eighth last year (ninth in 2012). His best starting position is seventh, also last year.
  • In 150 career IndyCar starts, Bourdais has won 34 races and taken 33 pole positions, tying him for seventh on the all-time list in each category.
  • 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.

KVSH Racing’s Bourdais Finishes Ninth in Long Beach GP

Qualified: 14th
Finish: Ninth

“It was a tough day at the office. I am very proud of the California Baptist University – KVSH Racing crew…everything well done in the race. It is just a shame. Yesterday (qualifying) didn’t really put us in the position to contend any higher than we finished. The car was pretty good today. We made some big moves and passed six cars in total, moved up five positions. I am just proud of the guys. We just did a good job. There were no yellows (caution flags) and not many more opportunities to move higher than what we did. So, kind of disappointed that we finished ninth at Long Beach, but happy that we took ninth under the circumstances.”

Fast Facts:

  • Bourdais drove the No. 11 California Baptist University – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone in today’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
  • In the first three races of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season, Bourdais has finished in the top-10 twice, eighth at Phoenix to go with today’s ninth place showing. Finished 21st in the season opener in St. Petersburg.
  • The 2016 Long Beach Grand Prix was Bourdais’ 150th career Verizon IndyCar Series start, 37th with KVSH Racing and 11th on the streets of Long Beach.
  • In his 11 starts at Long Beach, Bourdais has now finished in the top-10 six times, with four podiums including three consecutive victories (2005 – 2007).
  • Bourdais is one of two drivers to win the Long Beach Grand Prix at least three consecutive times. Al Unser Jr. won four in a row from 1988 – 1991.
  • Bourdais is contesting his 11th Verizon IndyCar Series season and third with KVSH Racing
  • In 150 career IndyCar starts, Bourdais has won 34 races and taken 33 pole positions, tying him for seventh on the all-time list in each category.
  • 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 4 of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season will the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, April 22-24, at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. The race be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network 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.

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