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KVSH Racing’s Bourdais Qualifies 14th for Long Beach GP

Qualifying:
Round 1 (Group 2): Seventh – 67.6432 secs/104.738 mph
Round 2: N/A
Firestone Fast Six: N/A
Qualified: 14th

“I am disappointed for the guys. They worked really hard. On the replay you can see that the checkered flag falls behind me, but apparently the checkered flag is not in sync with timing and scoring. As far as I am concerned I didn’t go by the checkered flag twice. It is just different reference points. We thought we were clear, but apparently I wasn’t. We also have a new sponsor here, California Baptist University and some of their engineering students, so I feel bad for them. Qualifying 14th will definitely make tomorrow’s race a lot more difficult. We will have to come up with something during the race if we are going to have a good result.”

Fast Facts:

  • Bourdais is driving the No. 11 California Baptist University – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
  • The 2016 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be Bourdais’ 150th career Verizon IndyCar Series start, 37th with KVSH Racing and 11th on the streets of Long Beach.
  • Bourdais has now qualified eighth (St. Petersburg), 15th (Phoenix) and 14th (Long Beach) in the first three races of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
  • He has now qualified in the top-10 seven times in 11 attempts at Long Beach with two poles (2006 & 2007). He won from the pole both times.
  • In 10 previous races on the streets of Long Beach, Bourdais has finished in the top-10 five times, with four podiums including three consecutive victories (2005, 2006 & 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 to 1991.
  • Bourdais is contesting his 11th Verizon IndyCar Series season and third with KVSH Racing
  • In 149 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.

Race Broadcast:
The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is Round 3 of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season and will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network 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

KVSH Racing and Sebastien Bourdais Quotes and Notes – Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS

NO. 11 CALIFORNIA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY – KVSH RACING
CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 15-17, 2016
KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais is coming off a solid eighth place finish in Round 2 of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Bourdais currently sits 15th in the championship standings with 33 points, but is just 21 points out of fifth place.

Sebastien Bourdais quotes:“Considering how late things got under way this year, we have had a decent start to the season. We showed some pace in qualifying at St. Petersburg, but had some issues in the race. At Phoenix, we didn’t qualify well, but on race day, the team really came together and we had a solid result (finished eighth). Long Beach, hopefully, will be another step towards running at the front again. I’ve had a lot of success at Long Beach, but the last few years have been more difficult for me, between lack of pace or mistakes. That being said, we salvaged a pretty good sixth place in 2015.”

“The Long Beach circuit is a challenge. There are all types of corners and different surfaces you have to contend with, so getting the right setup is challenging. Because it is a street circuit qualifying is extremely important.”

“It is a great event because of the atmosphere. Next to the Indy 500, it is the premier event on our schedule. You also have to remember that one of our team owners, Kevin Kalkhoven, co-owns the race, so the entire team would like to do well for him.”

“There may also be some added, I don’t want to say pressure, but bragging rights this weekend. Jimmy “KVSH co-owner Jimmy Vasser” is running in the pro-celebrity race. He has won in Long Beach in IndyCars and is a past winner of the pro-celebrity race. The last thing I need is to finish lower than he does in our races.”

  • The 2016 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be Bourdais’ 150th career Verizon IndyCar Series start, 37th with KVSH Racing and 11th on the street of Long Beach.
  • Bourdais is contesting his 11th Verizon IndyCar Series season and third with KVSH Racing
  • In 10 previous appearances in Long Beach, Bourdais has won the race three times (2005, 2006 & 2007. He has started on pole twice (2006 & 2007) and both times won.
  • In 149 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 contested 27 Formula One races (2008-2009)
  • Bourdais has a strong endurance racing record, including winning the 2015 12 Hours of Sebring and the 2014 Rolex 24 Hours.
  • Bourdais, 37, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

KVSH Racing Announces Partnership with California Baptist University for 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series

KVSH RACING ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH CALIFORNIA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY FOR 2016 VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES SEASON

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – April 12, 2016 – KVSH Racing announced today an innovative partnership with California Baptist University for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar season starting with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

The KVSH Racing No. 11 of Sebastien Bourdais  will feature a California Baptist University livery for the Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach (photo courtesy of KVSH Racing)

The KVSH Racing No. 11 of Sebastien Bourdais will feature a California Baptist University livery for the Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach (photo courtesy of KVSH Racing)

California Baptist University will be the primary sponsor of the KVSH No. 11 entry driven by Sebastien Bourdais for the Long Beach Grand Prix, April 15-17, on the streets of Long Beach, CA. They will be an associate partner of the team for the remainder of the 2016 season. However, that is only half the story…

CBU College of Engineering students will have the unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to collaborate with the KVSH Engineering team throughout the 2016 season including the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

“The time has come for us to focus intently on the next wave of engineering talent for the IndyCar Series,” said KVSH co-owner James “Sulli” Sullivan. “This program gives California Baptist University an opportunity to give its engineering students a hands-on education into the world of high-performance vehicles and what makes them tick. These CBU students are some of the brightest we have seen and we’re all looking forward to having them as part of the KVSH Racing Team.”

The KVSH Racing/CBU College of Engineering program will enable 20 CBU Engineering students access to the KVSH Racing engineering staff, the driver and mechanics, so they can observe and learn the intricacies of engineering high-performance Indy cars during the Long Beach Grand Prix. During the month of May, selected students will be embedded with the team for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 set for May 29th gaining out of the classroom experience and assist the team’s engineering staff with problem solving.

“This partnership will provide our students with access to top engineers in a sport that pushes the edge of performance, and I’m excited to see what engineering feats our students can accomplish under their guidance,” said Dr. Anthony Donaldson, dean of the Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engineering at CBU. “I’m also thrilled to receive their consultation for our new master’s in mechanical engineering degree offered this fall and for our vehicle technology lab planned to open with our new engineering building in 2018.”
Bourdais, who is contesting his 11th IndyCar season and third with KVSH Racing, is coming off a solid eighth place showing last weekend at the Phoenix Grand Prix. The 37-year-old native of Le Mans, France Bourdais, 37, but resides in St. Petersburg, FL, is the only driver to win four consecutive IndyCar championships (2004 -2007). In 149 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.

KVSH Racing’s Bourdais Finishes Eighth In Phoenix Grand Prix Debut

Qualified: 15th

Finish: Eighth

“It was a less than perfect race from my end. I made too many mistakes and I feel bad for the guys because they really deserved a better finish than eighth. I think we had a “P” (positon) three or four car, but I locked up going into the pit box and made a mess of it. Then a Penske car got me to go around his outside in turn three and four after a restart. There was already marbles and I hit the wall. I guess after that it was pretty much salvation and a bonus because it is very rare that you actually manage to hit the wall and finish the race on an oval. I feel very lucky about that and just glad we could get some points. It is not the best we could have done, but the guys did a solid job in the pits and we are becoming a team again.”

KVSH Racing's Sebastien Bourdais at Phoenix International Raceway (Photo Courtesy of KVSH Racing)

KVSH Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais at Phoenix International Raceway (Photo Courtesy of KVSH Racing)

Fast Facts:

  • Bourdais has finished 21st (St. Petersburg) and eighth (Phoenix) in the first two races of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
  • The 2016 Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix was Bourdais’ 149th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 36th with KVSH Racing, 28th on an oval and first at Phoenix International Raceway.
  • 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.
  • 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; Milwaukee 2006.
  • Bourdais is contesting his 11th Verizon IndyCar Series season and third with KVSH Racing
  • In 149 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 3 of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season will be the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 15-17, on the streets of Long Beach, CA. The race will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network 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

KVSH Racing’s Bourdais Qualifies 15th for Phoenix GP

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS
No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone
Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix – April 1 – Qualifying

Qualifying:
Lap 1: 185.679 mph/19.8148 secs
Lap 2: 187.416 mph/19.6312 secs
Average Speed/Total Time: 186.544 mph/39.4460 secs
Qualified: 15th

“This morning the Hydroxycut machine had a lot of understeer. So for this afternoon we made some changes, but it is always tough when you go into qualifying with a question about what you have. The car was very free going into the turns and started to push mid-corner and out, so I wasn’t sure what to do. I backed out of the tools, but it wasn’t enough to pull a good run. I am not quite sure what happened, but we will take a look at the data, make some changes for tonight’s practice and see what we can do in the race tomorrow.”

Fast Facts:

  • The 2016 Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix will be Bourdais’ 149th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 36th with KVSH Racing, 28th on an oval and first at Phoenix International Raceway.
  • Bourdais has now qualified eighth (St. Petersburg) and 15th (Phoenix) in the first two races of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
  • Of Bourdais 27 career oval starts, 18 have come in the last three years
  • Bourdais has made 19 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.
  • Bourdais made eight oval starts in Champ Cars earning four victories: Lausitz, 2003; Las Vegas in 2004 and 2005; Milwaukee 2006. He captured three poles: Lausitz, 2003; Las Vegas 2005 and Milwaukee in 2006.
  • Bourdais is contesting his 11th Verizon IndyCar Series season and third with KVSH Racing
  • In 148 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.

The Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix is Round No. 2 of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network at 8:30 p.m. ET. It is also available on radio: XM 209 and IMS IndyCar Radio as well as online: IndyCar.com and Verizon IndyCar 16 app

KVSH Racing Sebastien Bourdais Notes Phoenix

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS
NO.11 TEAM HYDROXYCUT – KVSH RACING CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE
Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix – April 1-2, 2016

KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais is making his Phoenix International Raceway debut this weekend. He is coming off a disappointing 2016 Verizon IndyCar season opener in St. Petersburg, FL where he qualified a solid eighth, but was a victim in a multi-car crash that essentially ended his race in 21st position

Bourdais joined KVSH Racing in 2014 and has had his best two seasons since returning to IndyCar competition in 2011. He has three wins, 2014 Toronto Race 1 and 2015 Detroit Race 2 and Milwaukee, two pole positions, Toronto Race 1 and Mid-Ohio, both in 2014 and finished 10th in the championship both years.

Sebastien Bourdais quotes:
“This will be the first time I have raced at Phoenix International Raceway in an Indy car, so that is always different and a bit of a challenge. We tested there about a month ago and collected a lot of data, but the one thing I know for sure is that it will be a very physically demanding race. We are going to be pulling more G’s (G-force) then we usually do and the racing will be close. We have Chevy power and the new Chevy aero kit, so I know we have a reliable package. We just have to work hard and keep digging and with any luck we can have a good race.”

  • The 2016 Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix will be Bourdais’ 149th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 36th with KVSH Racing, 28th on an oval and first at Phoenix International Raceway.
  • Bourdais is contesting his 11th Verizon IndyCar Series season and third with KVSH Racing
  • Of Bourdais 27 career oval starts, 18 have come in the last three years
  • Bourdais has made 19 IndyCar oval starts with a best qualifying of fourth at Fontana in 2013. His best finish is a victory at Milwaukee, July 12, 2015. It was his first oval win since 2006 also at Milwaukee.
  • Bourdais made eight oval starts in Champ Cars 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.
  • In 148 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 contested 27 Formula One races (2008-2009)
  • Bourdais has a strong endurance racing record, including winning the 2015 12 Hours of Sebring and the 2014 Rolex 24 Hours.
  • Bourdais, 37, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

KVSH RACING TO LITERALLY RISE FROM THE ASHES IN PHOENIX

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – March 30, 2016 – KVSH Racing will literally “rise from the ashes” for this weekend’s Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix, April 1-2, at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, AZ.
The team has confirmed that the transporter carrying the No. 11 Team HYROXYCUT – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone car driven by Sebastien Bourdais was damaged by a fire in Peoria, AZ approximately 25 miles from the end of a 1450-mile trip from the KVSH Racing shop in Indianapolis, IN to PIR.

The fire occurred and was confined to the rear axle area of the transporter. The vehicle sustained substantial damage, however, due to the quick actions of the two team members driving the transporter, the help of other racing team transport drivers and local Fire and Police officials, the contents of the transporter were undamaged.

“First and foremost, the good news is that both of our team members, John Phil Davis and Eric “Stu” Stewart were uninjured. Secondarily, the cars and equipment are undamaged,” said KVSH General Manager Steve Moore. “We are very fortunate to have to highly skilled and experienced transportation professionals who took quick and decisive action. Without them this situation could have been a lot worse. KVSH Racing would also like to thank the members of other teams and local Fire and Police responders for their assistance.”

The team is currently working on alternative logistics to support this weekend’s effort as they literally attempt to rise from the ashes and capture this weekend’s Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix, Round No. 2 of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season. The race will be held April 2 at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, AZ. It will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network at 8:30 p.m. ET, Radio Broadcast: XM 209 and IMS IndyCar Radio and Online: IndyCar.com and Verizon IndyCar 15 app.

KVSH Racing Quotes and Notes Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Sebastien Bourdais and the No. 11 Team Hydroxycut Chevrolet attacks the curbs during the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Photo Courtesy of KVSH Racing)

Sebastien Bourdais and the No. 11 Team Hydroxycut Chevrolet attacks the curbs during the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Photo Courtesy of KVSH Racing)

Qualified: Eighth (started seventh)

Finished: 21st

Quote:

“Obviously, not the way we wanted to start the season. I am disappointed for our sponsors and want to thank all of them, Hydroxycut, Europa, Mouser, Molex, Plantronics, GEICO, American Racing Wheels, everyone, for their support. The good news is that we had pace and qualified eighth. Unfortunately, we got involved in that melee that destroyed any chance we had of a solid finish. This is only the first race and we are going to have to work very hard to ensure we have a good season. Hopefully, with a couple of weeks to prepare for the next few races, that time together will help.”

Fast Facts:

  • The 2016 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg was Bourdais’ 148th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 35th with KVSH Racing and sixth on the streets of St. Petersburg (seventh appearance, did not start in 2011).
  • In six starts at St. Pete, Bourdais best finish is sixth last year.
  • Bourdais is contesting his 11th Verizon IndyCar Series season and third with KVSH Racing.
  • He 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 contested 27 Formula One races (2008-2009)
  • Bourdais, 37, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Round two of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season will be the Phoenix Grand Prix at Phoenix International Raceway in Phoenix, AZ, April 2.

TV Broadcast: Live NBC Sports Network at 8:30 p.m. ET
Radio Broadcast: XM 209 and IMS IndyCar Radio
Online: IndyCar.com and Verizon IndyCar 15 app

Bourdais Qualifies Eighth for Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Qualifying:
Round 1 (Group 1): Sixth – 61.1450 secs/105.978 mph
Round 2: Eighth – 60.6711 secs/106.805 mph
Firestone Fast Six: N/A
Qualified: Eighth

“Obviously, not as good a qualifying session as last year, not as competitive as the Hydroxycut KVSH Racing team would have liked. Everything came back together very late so we didn’t get in all the work we needed. We will just keep digging. That is what we do. It’s tough, there are big teams with a lot of resources and we go out there with are limited tools and try and give them a run for their money. Eighth is not where we wanted to start, but we are looking forward to a good race tomorrow.”

Fast Facts:

  • Bourdais has now qualified in the top-10 three times in six attempts at St. Petersburg. In addition to today’s eighth place qualifying position he has a pole in his St. Pete debut in 2003 and a sixth place starting spot in 2015.
  • In his five previous races in St. Pete his best finish is sixth last year.
  • Bourdais is contesting his 11th Verizon IndyCar Series season and third with KVSH Racing.
  • The 2016 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be Bourdais’ 148th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 35th with KVSH Racing and sixth on the streets of St. Petersburg (seventh appearance, did not start in 2011).
  • In 147 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 contested 27 Formula One races (2008-2009)
  • Bourdais, 37, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

You can catch all the action of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on:
TV Broadcast: Live ABC Network at 12:30 p.m. ET
Radio Broadcast: XM 209 and IMS IndyCar Radio
Online: IndyCar.com and Verizon IndyCar 15 app

KVSH Racing Announces GEICO Support

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – March 10, 2016 – KVSH Racing announced today that GEICO, which first joined the team in 2008 and earned an Indianapolis 500 victory in 2013, will support KVSH Racing during the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

This will be the ninth consecutive season that GEICO has been involved with the team.

“We are extremely pleased to announce that GEICO will once again support KVSH Racing for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season,” said team co-owner Jimmy Vasser. “GEICO has been a partner, and in fact a part of our family, for almost a decade including the Indy 500 win in 2013. We look forward to bringing them another outstanding month of May and thank them for their support in our efforts to not only win the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, but an IndyCar championship.”
“We are proud to be back with KV Racing for our ninth consecutive season. Each year, the relationship has grown and we’ve enjoyed the success they’ve experienced, including putting GEICO in the winner’s circle at the 2013 Indianapolis 500. We learned long ago that auto racing fans as a whole are a group of dedicated folks and we have worked hard to engage them and make everyone aware of the products we provide aside from just auto insurance; KVSH Racing has been a great partner in assisting us to communicate that message. We are celebrating GEICO’s 80th year as a company and May will be the 100th running of the Indy 500, so we are looking forward to a special season together,” said Ted Ward, GEICO Vice President of Marketing

KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais will be contesting his 11th IndyCar season and third with the team. He won two races in 2015 (Detroit Race 2 and Milwaukee) finishing 10th for the second consecutive season. In 2014, his first season with KVSH, he won Toronto Race 1 from the pole, and took the pole at Mid-Ohio. He is the only driver to win four consecutive IndyCar championships (2004 -2007) tying him for second in all-time championships with Mario Andretti and Dario Franchitti.

“GEICO started supporting the team long before I arrived, including a win at the Indy 500,” Bourdais said. “It is an honor to have such a prestigious company continue to support our efforts and I look forward to, hopefully, bringing them another Indy 500 victory and with any luck their first series championship.”

The 16-race 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season opens March 11-13 on the St. Petersburg temporary street circuit. The race will be broadcast live on ABC beginning 12:30 p.m. (ET). The race will also be broadcast on XM 209, IMS IndyCar Radio affiliates, plus IndyCar.com and the Verizon INDYCAR 15 app. The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for May 29th. It will be broadcast live on ABC beginning 11:00 a.m. (ET) and will also be broadcast on XM 209, IMS IndyCar Radio affiliates, plus IndyCar.com and the Verizon INDYCAR 15 app.

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