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KVSH Racing Sebastien Bourdais Notes and Quotes St. Petersburg

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS

NO.11 TEAM HYDROXYCUT – KVSH RACING CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE

Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – March 11 – 13, 2016

Four-time series champion Sebastien Bourdais is back with KVSH Racing for a third year and contesting his 11th Verizon IndyCar Series season. Since joining the team in 2014, he has had his best two seasons since returning to IndyCar competition in 2011. In 2014, he won Toronto Race 1, captured two poles (Toronto Race 1 and Mid-Ohio) and finished 10th in the championship standings. The win and poles were his first in an Indy car since 2007. In 2015, he doubled up on his wins taking the checkered flag at both Detroit Race 2 and Milwaukee in route to his second consecutive 10th place finish in the standings. The win at Milwaukee was his first on an oval since, ironically, Milwaukee in 2006. Bourdais is the first KVSH driver to have wins in back-to-back season and the first to win multiple races in a single season.

Sebastien Bourdais quotes:

“I live in St. Petersburg, so it is my home race and it is an honor to represent the city during race weekend. Other than a pole in my first race in 2003, I haven’t really had the success I would like. I don’t feel any additional pressure to do well…but it’s nice to be able to sleep in my own bed and have friends and family at the track.”

“I am looking forward to the start of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season. We’ve had a long off season, so it will be good to be back racing in the No. 11 Hydroxycut – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone car. We only tested once at Phoenix and once at Sebring a week ago. Now it is go time and I wish we could have done more. We also lost a lot of good guys but thankfully my race engineer stayed with me, and we should be able to hit the ground running, leaning on the good base setups we found last year.”

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 five previous starts at St. Pete, Bourdais has a pole and a best finish of sixth last year.

Bourdais is contesting his 11th Verizon IndyCar Series season and third with KVSH Racing.

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 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.

Career Statistics

  • Seasons 10
  • Top-Five 66
  • Career Starts 147
  • Top-10 87
  • Wins 34
  • Poles 33
  • Podium 51
  • Laps Led 2,433

2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Statistics

  • Starts 16
  • Top-10 8
  • Wins 2
  • Poles 0
  • Podiums 2
  • Laps Led 145
  • Top-Five 4

 

MOUSER ELECTRONICS AND MOLEX TO PARTNER WITH KVSH RACING FOR 2016 VERIZON INDYCAR SEASON

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – March 7, 2016 – KVSH Racing announced today that Mouser Electronics and Molex, LLC will partner with the team for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

“We are excited to welcome back both Mouser Electronics and Molex to help us chase the 2016 Verizon IndyCar championship,” said KVSH Co-Owner James “Sulli” Sullivan. “Mouser and Molex fuel us with the resources we need to “Stay Connected” to the cutting-edge components world and enable us to stay at the sharp end of the grid within the IndyCar series.”

With its broad product line and unsurpassed customer service, Mouser caters to design engineers and buyers by delivering What’s Next in advanced technologies. Mouser offers customers 21 global support locations and stocks the world’s widest selection of the latest semiconductors and electronic components for the newest design projects.

Molex is a global company with a presence in more than 40 countries. It delivers complete interconnect solutions for many industries, and automotive is one of its key markets.

“Mouser utilizes its partnership with KVSH Racing as an inventive way to communicate our performance-driven business model and promote the latest product innovations through the high-tech world of IndyCar racing,” said Todd McAtee, Mouser Electronics’ Vice President, Americas, Business Development. “This year’s season promises to be even better than last year, “The outstanding partnership between Mouser Electronics, KVSH Racing and Molex is a testament to the group’s commitment to speed, performance and excellence, both on and off the racetrack.”

“As one of the world’s leading providers of integrated electronic solutions, this sponsorship gives Molex the opportunity to further illustrate its commitment to developing products that help advance the automotive industry,” said Fred Bell, Vice President, Global Distribution, Molex. “We have a long history of designing small-footprint, high-performance interconnects that excel in challenging automotive applications. We look forward to being a key part of this important partnership.”

KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais will be contesting in his 11th IndyCar season and his 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, Bourdais 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 to 2007), tying him for second in all-time championships with Mario Andretti and Dario Franchitti.

“I am excited to have the support of Mouser Electronics and Molex,” Bourdais said. “Both companies have been with KVSH Racing before and enjoyed a lot of success. For them to return is a vote of confidence in what we are doing here. I look forward to bringing them the kind of success they deserve.”

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 at 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.

HYDROXYCUT RETURNS TO KVSH RACING – TEAM CONFIRMS SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS WILL DRIVE FOR 2016 VERIZON INDYCAR SEASON

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – February 27, 2016 – KVSH Racing announced today that Hydroxycut will be the co-primary sponsor of the No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone entry

“Having Hydroxycut, a world class brand that’s been chosen by millions, back on board with us is a huge piece of the puzzle,” said KVSH Racing co-owner James “Sulli” Sullivan. “I believe we are positioned for a banner year with the Hydroxycut Machine.”

The team also confirmed that four-time series champion Sebastien Bourdais will pilot the Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH Racing entry for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

“I am extremely pleased to confirm that Sebastien Bourdais will return to drive for KVSH Racing in 2016,” said co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven. “Sebastien is a proven champion and has shown over the last two years that he capable of competing and beating the best in the IndyCar series.  We look forward to continuing to progress as a team and working to produce more championships.”

Co-owner Jimmy Vasser said, “I am very pleased and proud to say that we have Sebastien Bourdais back the KVSH Racing car. I have raced against him and worked as his strategist the last two years. I can say without a doubt that he is an exceptional driver and a true champion. We look forward to winning a lot more races and challenging the championship in 2016.”

Sebastien Bourdais  and Hydroxycut are both returning to KVSH racing in 2016  (photo courtesy of KVSH Racing)

Sebastien Bourdais and Hydroxycut are both returning to KVSH racing in 2016 (photo courtesy of KVSH Racing)

Bourdais will be contesting his 11th IndyCar season and third with KVSH Racing. He is the only driver to win four consecutive IndyCar championships (2004 -2007 in Champ Car) tying him for second in all-time championships with Mario Andretti and Dario Franchitti. The 37-year-old from Le Mans, France, has made 147 career IndyCar starts earning 34 wins and 33 poles tying him for seventh all-time in both categories. Bourdais is coming off his best season since returning to IndyCar competition in 2011 following a two-year stint in Formula One (2008-2009) and a season running sports cars. 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, his first IndyCar victory and pole since 2007, and took the pole at Mid-Ohio.

“I want to thank Kevin Kalkhoven, Jimmy Vasser and Sulli for the opportunity to continue competing for KVSH Racing,” said Bourdais. “I also want to thank Hydroxycut for their continued support.  In the last two years we’ve captured poles, won races, and the HYDROXYCUT machine has certainly become a fan favorite.  We just need to keep working hard if we are going to compete consistently at the highest level and contend for a championship.”

KV Racing Technology has successful two-day test with Juan Pablo Garcia

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – October 17, 2015 – KV Racing Technology had a successful two-day test with Juan Pablo Garcia at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Florida.

Despite this being the first time the former Indy Lights driver has driven an Indy car, the Mexican was able to get comfortable very quickly, which enabled the team to work through a lot of testing items and have a productive couple of days on track.

“First of all, I would like to thank KV Racing Technology for the opportunity to test an Indy car for the first time,” said Garcia. “I also want to thank all the crew for making me feel so comfortable and helping me get up to speed so quickly. Day one went pretty well. At the beginning I was just getting to know the car and track. As I started to feel more confident, I was able to push a little more and by the afternoon I was able to make changes to the downforce, dampers and springs. Yesterday we were worried about the heavy rain coming in, so we maximized our track on time in the morning. I was immediately a second faster than day one, which I was happy with and helped me gain more confidence. You will never forget your first test in an Indy car and I can now say that. I had a great experience and can’t thank the team enough for this.”

Commenting on Garcia’s performance, Steve Moore, General Manager for KV Racing Technology said, “Juan Pablo completed two very successful days of testing at Palm Beach International today. The first day’s goal was to get Juan Pablo accumulated with the car and track and then slowly work through some testing items in the afternoon. Juan Pablo was at ease in the car from the start and impressively got up to speed quickly. Yesterday the engineers had an aggressive test plan. However we were able to run through the entire program with Juan’s detailed and precise feedback and gain some valuable data. Overall it has been a great couple of days and it’s been a pleasure to have Juan Pablo in the car.”

Garcia made his debut in Indy Lights in 2009. He went on to complete two more partial seasons followed by three full seasons, finishing sixth in the championship standings last year with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

NO. 11 TEAM HYDROXYCUT – KVSH RACING – SONOMA

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS
NO. 11 TEAM HYDROXYCUT –  KVSH RACING CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE

Qualified: 16th
Finished: 20th“A disappointing end to the season for the Hydroxycut – KVSH Racing team. I ran a pretty strong race…came back from 16th to seventh. I made a couple of good moves, passed a bunch of people. Unfortunately, at the end there, Graham (Rahal) was struggling a little bit and I got a run out of turn six. He kind of stayed in the middle of the track. Then I tried to cross, he moved with me and I couldn’t get out of the wake. It sucked my car in, we touched and I spun him around. We got a penalty for it, which ended his race and mine. It’s disappointing, but we will keep on fighting and come back stronger next year.”

Fast Facts:

  • The 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season was Bourdais 10th IndyCar season (Champ Car, 5: IndyCar, 5. Drove one IndyCar event in 2005, the Indy 500).
  • The 2015 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma was Bourdais’ 147th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 34th with KVSH Racing and fifth at Sonoma Raceway.
  • Bourdais finished the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season 10th in the championship standings with 406 points.
  • In the 16 races held this year he earned eight top-10 finishes with four top-five showings and two wins, (Detroit Race 2 and Milwaukee).
  • In five starts at Sonoma Raceway, Bourdais has a best finish of sixth, in 2011.
  • In 147 career Verizon IndyCar Series starts, he has won 34 races, which ties him for seventh on the all-time list with Al Unser Jr. and earned 33 pole positions, tied for seventh all-time.
  • Bourdais is the only driver to win four consecutive championships, taking the Champ Car World Series title in 2004 – 2007.
  • Bourdais, 36, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

KVRT and KVSH Racing Sonoma qualifying report

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS
NO.11 TEAM HYDROXYCUT – KVSH RACING CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE
Qualifying:
Round 1 (Grp 2): 8th – 77.4310 secs / 110.886 mph
Round 2: N/A
Firestone Fast Six: N/A
Qualified: 16th

“Obviously qualifying didn’t go the way we wanted. The Hydroxycut guys did a good job preparing the car and I think we had a chance to qualify in the top-10. Then on my fast lap another car, that had no chance of recording a timed lap before the checkered flag, came out of the pits in front of me. He tried to get out of the way, but put four tires in the dirt right in front of me and that was the end of my lap. It’s a shame because qualifying is so important here. We’ll just have to figure out a way to gain some track position tomorrow so we can finish the season on a high.”

Fast Facts:
* The 2015 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma will be Bourdais’ 147th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 34th with KVSH Racing and fifth at Sonoma Raceway.
* Bourdais has a best qualifying position of third (2012) at Sonoma Raceway. In four previous starts he has a best finish of sixth (2011).
* In the eight road/street course qualifying sessions that have been held this year, this is the first time Bourdais has not made it to at least the second round. There was no qualifying at NOLA and Detroit 2 due to rain.
* He has reached the final round, the Firestone Fast Six, four times, St. Petersburg, Detroit Race 1, Toronto and Mid-Ohio. Also started sixth at NOLA when field gridded by points.
* His best qualifying spot this year is a third at Mid-Ohio.
* Bourdais has qualified in the top-10 nine out of 14 times a qualifying session has been held this year missing only here at Sonoma and on the ovals at Texas, 18th; Fontana, 15th, Milwaukee, 11th and Iowa, 24th.
* Bourdais has started in the top-10 at total of 11 times in the 16 races this season (started sixth at NOLA and ninth at Detroit Race 2 when the field was gridded by points because qualifying was rained out).
* After the first 15 races of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar season, Bourdais is eighth in the championship standings with 386 points on the strength of eight top-10 finishes with four top-five showings and two wins, (Detroit Race 2 and Milwaukee).

STEFANO COLETTI
NO. 4 KV RACING TECHNOLOGY CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE

Qualifying:
Round 1 (Grp 2): 10th – 77.8293 secs / 110.318 mph
Round 2: N/A
Firestone Fast Six: N/A
Qualified: 20th

“Qualifying didn’t go as we expected. We pitted a bit later because we decided to run an extra lap and then do a change, so when we got out the checkered flag was out and we weren’t able to improve our time on the new tires. It’s a shame because now we will start 20th tomorrow and its going to be tough race with tire degradation, so we will see how we end up.”

Fast Facts:
* The 2015 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma will be Coletti’s 16th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 16th with KV Racing Technology, 10th on a road/street course and first at Sonoma Raceway.
* Coletti’s best IndyCar finish on a road/street course is 8th (GP of Indy) and his best start is 8th (Detroit Race 1).
* In only six career oval starts, Coletti has a best finish of 12th (Fontana) and best start of 19th (Milwaukee)
* Coletti sits 19th in the championship standings with 177 points.
* Coletti, 26, is third generation Monegasque, who still resides in Monaco, Monaco.

ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway – Qualifying Notes

ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway – Qualifying Notes

Sebastien Bourdais – No. 11 Team MISTIC E-Cigs – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone –

Qualified: 10th (2-lap average 219.521 mph / total time 1:21.9968 seconds)

“It was a good effort from the Mistic E-Cigs – KVSH Racing crew. We had a bit of trouble at the end of the practice this morning, so we didn’t really know what we had for qualifying. We had a very disconnected car, in practice, understeer, oversteer and in qualifying the car was very free, but pretty solid. I didn’t play too much with the adjustments, so no complaints. I am just happy to have managed two flat out laps, which I have never done at Pocono in qualifying until today. It is a 500-mile race, so you never know what can happen. Hopefully we can have a good race and stay in contention for a top-five finish in the championship.”

Fast Facts:

  • The 2015 Pocono INDYCAR 500 will be Bourdais’ 146th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 33rd with KVSH Racing, 27th on an oval and third at Pocono Raceway.
  • Bourdais currently sits 6th in the championship standings with 379 points on the strength of eight top-10 finishes with four top-five showings and two wins, (Detroit Race 2 and Milwaukee).
  • Bourdais 10th place qualifying position is his best in three attempts at Pocono International Raceway surpassing an 11th place starting spot in 2013. In two previous races his best finish is 16th (2014 and 2013).
  • Bourdais has qualified in the top-10 nine out of 13 times a qualifying session has been held this year missing only on the ovals at Texas, 18th; Fontana, 15th, Milwaukee, 11th and Iowa, 24th.
  • Bourdais has started in the top-10 at total of 11 times in the 15 races this year (started sixth at NOLA and ninth at Detroit Race 2 when the field was gridded by points because qualifying was rained out).
  • Of Bourdais 26 career oval starts, 17 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 his victory at Milwaukee this year (his first oval win since 2006 also at Milwaukee).
  • Bourdais made seven 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.

 

 

ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway – Qualifying Quote and bullet points

Stefano Coletti – No. 4 KV Racing Technology – Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone

Qualified: DNQ – will start 24th

“Obviously, I am disappointed not to be able to qualify. We had a great car this morning in practice. It was well balanced and we were trimming it even more for qualifying. Then on my last run, my last outing, I crashed and we couldn’t get it repaired in time for the qualifying session. We will start from the back of the fieldtomorrow, but it is a 500-mile race so anything can happen.”

Fast Facts:

  • The 2015 Pocono INDYCAR 500 will be Coletti’s 15th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 15th with KV Racing Technology, sixth on an oval and first at Pocono Raceway.
  • Coletti has a best oval finish of 12th (Fontana) and best start of 19th(Milwaukee)
  • His best IndyCar finish on a road/street course is 8th (GP of Indy) and his best start is 8th (Detroit Race 1).
  • Coletti, 26, is third generation Monegasque, who still resides in Monaco, Monaco.

KVRT/KVSH Racing’s Mid-Ohio Race Report

STEFANO COLETTI
NO. 4 KV RACING TECHNOLOGY
CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE


Qualified: 18th
Finished: 19th”Very disappointing race. We had the speed, the strategy was going to be good and then I had contact with Sato at the beginning of the race. I was half a car inside and he didn’t give me any room, so we touched and I had to come in for a new front wing and everything went downhill from there. It’s a shame because the car was fast and everything was good and I’m sure we could have had a great result but that’s the way it ended.”Fast Facts:

  • Coletti made his 14th Verizon IndyCar start today, 14th with KV Racing Technology, ninth on a road/street course and first at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • Coletti’s best finish on a road/street course is 8th (GP of Indianapolis) and best qualifying is also 8th (Detroit Race 1).
  • He made his oval debut this year at the Indianapolis 500. He is the second Monegasque driver to start there (Louis Chiron in 1929 was the other).
  • His best oval start is 13th (Milwaukee) and best finish is 11th (Fontana)
  • Coletti, a rookie picked up 11 points today and sits 20th in the championship standings with 171 points.

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS
NO. 11 TEAM HYDROXYCUT –  KVSH RACING CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE

 

 

 

 

 

Qualified: 3rd
Finished: 17th“Obviously a very disappointing day for the Hydroxycut Chevy car. We did what we had to do early on. We were saving fuel, then as usual the guys in the back pitted early and started exposing us. So we started to run quick and as soon as we turned the wick up a yellow came out. We pitted and cycled to the back. After that the race was pretty much over, but not only did it happen once, it happen twice when they closed the pits a second time for the Karam incident. It’s disappointing because the car was good and the KVSH Racing team executed all weekend, but we ended up losing precious championship points. On days like this you just have to move on and keep at it. We will go on to Pocono and see what we can do.”

Fast Facts:

  • The 2015 Honda Indy 200 was Bourdais’ 145th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 32nd with KVSH Racing and sixth at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
  • In six starts at the Mid-Ohio, Bourdais has four top-10 finishes including three top-five showings and one podium, second in 2014.
  • Bourdais earned 13 points today and is sixth in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar championship standings with 379 points.
  • After the first 14 races of the 2015 season, Bourdais has earned eight top-10 finishes with four top-five showings and two wins, (Detroit Race 2 and Milwaukee).

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Round 15 of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series will be the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA on August 23, 2015.TV Broadcast: NBCSports at 2:00 PM ET
Radio Broadcast: XM 209 & IMS IndyCar Radio Affiliates
Online: indycar.com & Verizon INDYCAR 15 App

KVRT and KVSH Racing Mid Ohio qualifying report

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS
NO.11 TEAM HYDROXYCUT – KVSH RACING CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE
Qualifying:
Round 1 (Grp 1): 1st – 65.3377 secs / 124.412 mph
Round 2: 4th – 64. 9267 secs / 125.200 mph
Firestone Fast Six: 3rd – 64.9965 secs / 125.065 mph
Qualified: 3rd

“A good day for the Hydroxycut team, but not good enough to get Dixie (Scott Dixon) and Will (Power). I was a little surprised at the gap. I don’t understand how they can pull stronger laps in the Firestone Fast Six, but it is what it is. We just have to keep digging. I think we made a huge improvement on the Firestone red (alternate) tires, which is very satisfying. If you are going to have a good race at Mid-Ohio you are going to have to be strong on the reds. Starting third we are in the running to win tomorrow. Chevy has given us reliable power and if things pan out right, the car is very strong on the black (primary) tires, so we can make it happen.”

Fast facts:
* The 2015 Honda Indy 200 will be Bourdais’ 145th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 32nd with KVSH Racing and sixth at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
* This is Bourdais best qualifying effort of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar season surpassing a fifth place starting position in Toronto.
* Bourdais has qualified in the top-10 five times and the top-three three times with one pole (2014) in six appearances at Mid-Ohio. In his five previous starts here he has four top-10 finishes including three top-five showings and one podium, second in 2014.
* Bourdais has made at least the second round of qualifying at all seven road/street races this season where qualifying was held. There was no qualifying at NOLA and Detroit 2 due to rain.
* He has reached the final round, the Firestone Fast Six, four times, St. Petersburg, Detroit Race 1, Toronto and Mid-Ohio. Also started sixth at NOLA when field gridded by points.
* Bourdais has qualified in the top-10 eight out of 12 times a qualifying session has been held this year missing only on the ovals at Texas, 18th; Fontana, 15th, Milwaukee, 11th and Iowa, 24th.
* Bourdais has started in the top-10 at total of 10 times in the 14 races this year (started sixth at NOLA and ninth at Detroit Race 2 when the field was gridded by points because qualifying was rained out).
* After the first 13 races of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar season, Bourdais is sixth in the championship standings with 366 points, 37 out of second, on the strength of eight top-10 finishes with four top-five showings and two wins, (Detroit Race 2 and Milwaukee).

STEFANO COLETTI
NO. 4 KV RACING TECHNOLOGY CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE

Qualifying:
Round 1 (Grp 2): 9th – 65.6204 secs / 123.876 mph
Round 2: N/A
Firestone Fast Six: N/A
Qualified: 18th

“I am disappointed about qualifying today. I had a good car and we had the possibility to advance to the next round. Unfortunately I made a mistake on the final lap, which would have put me P4 in the group. I have to thank my crew and Chevy for giving me a good car and will now focus on the race tomorrow and see what we can do!”

Fast facts:
* Coletti’s best qualifying is eighth for Detroit Race 1
* He has advanced to the second round of qualifying twice in his IndyCar career.
* His best IndyCar career finish is eighth at the GP of Indy.
* Coletti sits 20th in the championship standings with 160 points.

KVRT & KVSH Racing’s Mid Ohio Team Notes

STEFANO COLETTI
NO. 4 KV RACING TECHNOLOGY CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONEHONDA INDY 200 – JULY 31 – AUGUST 2, 2015

“I am very excited to be going back to a road course after the three ovals we just had. I had a lot of fun on them and learned a lot, but I much prefer road courses. We have shown that we have a lot of pace, but just haven’t been able to always produce the results, so hopefully we will have more luck this weekend and have a good result.”

Coletti sits 19th in the standings with 150 points.

  • The 2015 Honda Indy 200 will be Coletti’s 14th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 14th with KV Racing Technology, ninth on a road/street course and first at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
  • Coletti’s best IndyCar finish on a road/street course is 8th (GP of Indy) and his best start is 8th (Detroit Race 1).
  • In only five career oval starts, Coletti has a best finish of 12th (Fontana) and best start of 13th (Iowa)
  • Coletti, 26, is third generation Monegasque, who still resides in Monaco, Monaco.
2015 Verizon IndyCar Career Statistics
Seasons  1 Top-Five 0
Career Starts 13 Top-10 1
Wins  0 Poles 0
Podium  0 Laps Led 0
2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Results
St. Petersburg S/F 17/20 New Orleans S/F 20/17
Long Beach S/F 23/23 Barber S/F 16/19
GP of Indianapolis S/F 10/8 Indianapolis 500 S/F 29/25
Detroit Race 1 S/F 8/15 Detroit Race 2 S/F 21/16
Texas S/F 23/19 Toronto S/F 20/23
Fontana S/F 21/12 Milwaukee S/F 19/20
Iowa S/F 13/20

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS

NO.11 TEAM HYDROXYCUT – KVSH RACING CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONEHONDA INDY 200 – JULY 31 – AUGUST 2, 2015

“I am looking forward to going back to Mid-Ohio. Last year we had a really good car. We qualified on the pole and put ourselves in a position to win, but Scott (Dixon) was just too strong. I like the Mid-Ohio circuit, but it is not a place that has been very good for me. Last year was the first time in five races there that I finished on the podium. Qualifying is key to having a good race at Mid-Ohio because it is difficult to overtake. There are a couple of places you can do it, turn three in the back stretch and turn two, but being up front, like anywhere, always makes things easier. This is my second year with KVSH Racing and I think we have really come together as a group. We are more consistent and the Chevy engine and aero kit have been great. The Hydroxycut – KVSH Racing team has to keep working hard and put up a good result this weekend if we are going to stay in contention for a top-five finish in the championship.

Bourdais currently sits 6th in the championship standings with 366 points, just 37 points out of second.

  • The 2015 Honda Indy 200 will be Bourdais’ 145th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 32nd with KVSH Racing and sixth at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
  • In the first 13 races of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar season, Bourdais has earned eight top-10 finishes with four top-five showings and two wins, (Detroit Race 2 and Milwaukee).
  • In five previous starts at the Mid-Ohio, Bourdais has four top-10 finishes including three top-five showings and one podium, second in 2014. He has qualified in the top-three twice with one pole, also in 2014.
  • Bourdais led laps in two consecutive races for the first time since returning to IndyCar competition in 2011(118 at Milwaukee in a win and six at Iowa).
  • He has led a total of 150 laps this season by far his most since returning to IndyCar (led 87 in 2013 and 98 in 2014).
  • Bourdais is contesting his 10th Verizon IndyCar Series season (Champ Car, 5: IndyCar, 5. Drove one IndyCar event in 2005, the Indy 500).
  • In 144 career Verizon IndyCar Series starts, Bourdais has won 34 races, which ties him for seventh on the all-time list with Al Unser Jr. and earned 33 pole positions, tied for seventh all-time.
  • Last year at Mid-Ohio, Bourdais won pole and then finished second, his best start and finish in five previous attempts.
  • Bourdais is the only driver to win four consecutive championships, taking the Champ Car World Series title in 2004 – 2007.
  • Bourdais, 36, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Career Statistics (includes CART and year to date IndyCar)
Seasons 10 Top-Five 66
Career Starts 144 Top-10 87
Wins 34 Poles 33
Podium 51 Laps Led 2,433
2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Statistics
Starts 13 Top-10 8
Wins  2 Poles 0
Podiums  2 Laps Led 145
Top-Five  4
2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Results
St. Petersburg S/F 6/6 New Orleans S/F 6/21
Long Beach S/F 9/6 Barber S/F 7/8
Indianapolis GP S/F 7/4 Indianapolis 500 S/F 7/11
Detroit Race 1 S/F 6/14 Detroit Race 2 S/F 9/1
Texas S/F 18/14 Toronto S/F 5/5
Fontana S/F 15/14 Milwaukee S/F 11/1
Iowa S/F 24/9
Mid-Ohio Statistics
Number of Starts 5 2003 S/F 3/5
2014 S/F 1/2 Best Finish 2nd (2014)
2013 Q/S/F 14/13/12 Best Start 1st (2014)
2012 Q/S/F 7/6/4 Laps Led 39
2011 S/F 11/9
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