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KVRT/KVSH Racing’s Belle Isle Race 2

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

Started: 21st (Gridded by entrant points)
Finished: 16th“I’m disappointed about how the race ended! We were fast in the wet and making up positions but when I switched to slicks I hit the tire barrier in turn 3 and lost a lap! The conditions this weekend were really tough and we definitely had a car to be up front in both races.  Unfortunately thought we are going home with 15th and 16th instead. I have to congratulate my team mate Sebastien on a great win today and hopefully that will be me on the podium soon.”

Fast Facts:

  • Coletti had his IndyCar career best start of eighth for Race 1 this weekend. His previous best was 10th at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis earlier this month
  • Coletti picked up 14 points today and now sits 20th in the championship standings with 104 points

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS
NO.11 TEAM MISTIC E-CIGS –  KVSH RACING CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE

Started: 9th (Gridded by entrant points)
Finished: 1st“Obviously, after getting everything wrong yesterday it is an awesome feeling coming out on top today. Yesterday we couldn’t do anything right, we were always on the wrong side of the fence. Today everything went our way. The Mistic E-Cigs crew had flawless pit stops. We had a great strategy and we made the fuel mileage we needed to. It was one of those days where everything went our way. To win here in Detroit, in Chevy’s hometown, is pretty special. Hopefully this is just the start and we can get a couple more wins for the team and our sponsors, Mistic E-Cigs, Hydroxycut, Circle K, Plantroncis, GEICO everyone.”Fast Facts:

  • The 2015 Chevrolet Dual In Detroit presented by Quicken Loans was Bourdais’ 139th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 26th with KVSH Racing and seventh at Detroit.
  • In his seven starts in Detroit, Bourdais has a best qualifying position of sixth (Race 1 this year) and a best finish of first this year Race 2 (previous high was 11th in 2013 Race 2).
  • Bourdais is sixth in the championship standings with 228 points.
  • Bourdais has finished in the top-10 in five of the first eight races of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season with two top-five finishes and one win, today in Detroit Race 2 (St. Petersburg, sixth; Long Beach, sixth, Alabama, eighth and Grand Prix of Indianapolis, fourth). At NOLA, he collected in an incident and finished 21st. He placed 11th last week in the Indianapolis 500 to go with today’s 14th place finish.
  • He led 11 laps today giving him 14 laps led for the season (led laps in three races).
  • Bourdais is contesting his 10thVerizon IndyCar Series season (Champ Car, 5: IndyCar, 5. Drove one IndyCar event in 2005, the Indy 500).
  • In 139 career Verizon IndyCar Series starts, Bourdais has won 33 races placing him eighth on the all-time list 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.

Sebastien Bourdais finishes 14th in rain shortened race

Started: 6th
Finished: 14th

“It was obviously a very frustrating race. As usual we were racy in the beginning, in wet conditions and we seemed on pace, I passed Simon (Pagenaud) then there was a yellow that came out late and I got the call but lost a position to Dixon. Then it only went downhill from there. We tried to look at the tools we had weather wise and things did not go our way. So, we will just hit the reset button, wake up tomorrow and it will be a different day.”

Fast Facts:
* The 2015 Chevrolet Dual In Detroit presented by Quicken Loans Race 1 was Bourdais’ 138th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 25th with KVSH Racing and sixth at Detroit.
* In his six starts in Detroit, Bourdais has a best qualifying position of sixth (Race 1 this year) and a best finish of 11th in 2013 (Race 2).
* Bourdais is ninth in the championship standings with 177 points.
* Bourdais has finished in the top-10 in four of the first seven races of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season with one top-five finish, a fourth at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis (St. Petersburg, sixth; Long Beach, sixth, Alabama, eighth). At NOLA, he collected in an incident and finished 21st. He placed 11th last week in the Indianapolis 500 to go with today’s 14th place finish.
* Round 8 of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series will be Race 2 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Presented by Quicken Loans tomorrow.

TV Broadcast: ABC at 3:30 PM ET
Radio Broadcast: XM 209 & IMS IndyCar Radio Affiliates
Online: Iindycar.com & Verizon INDYCAR 15 App

KVRT and KVSH Racing Detroit Race 1 qualifying report

STEFANO COLETTI
NO. 4 KV RACING TECHNOLOGY
CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE
Qualifying:
Round 1 (Grp 2): 78.6673 secs / 107.542 mph
Round 2: 77.3638 secs / 109.353 mph
Firestone Fast Six: N/A
Qualified: 8th”I am really happy with my qualifying result today. We made a few mistakes in the first session, but in the second round after we put on the second set of tires we were pretty quick and I ended up securing my best start. I have never been on a track like this, its very bumpy and pretty difficult to drive when it gets hot like this but everyone is dealing with the same issues. The team has done a great job setting up my car for this weekend and I’m looking forward to trying to pick up a few more positions in the race tomorrow.”
Fast facts:
  • Today’s eighth place is Coletti’s IndyCar career best start
  • This is the  second time in his Indycar career that he has advanced to the second round of qualifying.
  • Coletti previous best qualifying was 10th at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis this year.
  • His best IndyCar career finish is eighth, also at the GP of Indy.
  • Coletti sits 20th in the championship standings with 75 points.

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS
NO.11 TEAM MISTIC E-CIGS KVSH RACING CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE
Qualifying:
Round 1 (Grp 1): 77.6900 secs / 108.894 mph
Round 2: 76.8317 secs / 110.111 mph
Firestone Fast Six: 77.0406 secs / 109.812 mph
Qualified: 6th“Obviously, I am very happy that the Mistic E-Cigs Circle K machine made it to the Firestone Fast Six. However, at the same time I’m a little baffled by being a second off the pace. It was a pretty big step-up from last year, on what was our most difficult weekend on a street or road circuit pace wise. We tried a lot of things here last year, but could never get it right. This year, we unloaded a car that seemed to be much more on par with the opposition. It was strong on a green track, but as the grip came up we struggle to get grip and balance. So, we will take a look at the data tonight and see what changes we want to make for tomorrow.”
Fast facts:
  • Bourdais has qualified in the top-10 all six times a qualifying session has been held this season (St. Petersburg, sixth; Long Beach, ninth; Barber, Indianapolis GP and Indianapolis 500, seventh, Detroit Race 1, sixth)
  • Bouradais will start in the top-10 for the seventh time in seven races this year (started sixth at NOLA when field gridded by points due to weather).
  • Bourdais has made at least the second round of street/road qualifying at all six road/street races this season where qualifying was held (St. Petersburg, Long Beach, Barber, Indianapolis GP and Detroit Race 1). There was no qualifying at NOLA.
  • He has reached the final round, the Firestone Fast Six, twice, St. Petersburg and Detroit Race 1.
  • The 2015 Chevrolet Dual In Detroit presented by Quicken Loans will be Bourdais’ 138th and 139th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 25th and 26thwith KVSH Racing and sixth and seventh at Detroit.
  • Today’s sixth place qualifying position is Bourdais’ best in six attempts at Detroit surpassing a seventh place qualifying spot in 2014 Race 1.
  • In five previous races at Detorit his best finish is 11th in 2013 (Race 2).
  • Bourdais is seventh in the championship standings with 161 points
  • Bourdais has finished in the top-10 in four of the first six races of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season (St. Petersburg, sixth; Long Beach, sixth, Alabama, eighth and the GP of Indy, fourth). He was also running sixth before a late pit stop at NOLA dropped him out of the top-10. He was then collected in an incident and finished 21st. He placed 11th last week in the Indianapolis 500.

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TV BROADCAST: ABC AT 3:30PM ET (RACE 1 & 2)
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CORRECTED: KVSH Racing’s Belle Isle Team Notes

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS
NO.11 MISTIC E-CIGS – KVSH RACING CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONECHEVROLET DUAL IN DETROIT PRESENTED BY QUICKEN LOANS – MAY 30-31, 2015

“I am looking forward to getting back to street racing after spending the month of May at the Speedway. The Indy 500 was a tough race for the team, but that is behind us now. We had some trouble with the setup at Detroit last year, but we have done a lot of work and will come with something new this year. The Chevrolet Dual in Detroit is obviously an important race for us since we are a Chevy team, so the whole Mistic E-Cigs KVSH Racing team is looking forward to having a good performances in both races.’

Bourdais sits 7th in the championship standings with 161 points

  • The 2015 Chevrolet Dual In Detroit will be Bourdais’ 138th and 139th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 25th and 26th with KVSH Racing, sixth and seventh at Detroit.
  • Bourdais is contesting his 10th Verizon IndyCar Series season (Champ Car, 5: IndyCar, 5. Drove one IndyCar event in 2005, the Indy 500).
  • In 137 career Verizon IndyCar Series starts, Bourdais has won 32 races placing him eighth on the all-time list 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.
Career Statistics (includes CART and year to date IndyCar)
Seasons 10 Top-Five 63
Career Starts 137 Top-10 83
Wins 32 Poles 33
Podium 49 Laps Led 2,291
2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Statistics
Starts 5 Top-10 4
Wins 0 Poles 0
Podiums 0 Laps Led 3
Top-Five 1
2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Results
St. Petersburg S/F 6/6 New Orleans S/F 6/21
Long Beach 9/6 Barber S/F 7/8
GP of Indy 7/4 Indianapolis 500 7/11
Belle Isle Statistics
Number of Starts 5 2012 Q/S/F 10/9/24
2014 Race 1 S/F 7/13 Best Finish 11th (2013 – Race 2)
2014 Race 2 S/F 11/20 Best Start 7th (2014)
2013 Race 1 Q/S/F 15/14/24 Laps Led 0
2013 Race 2 Q/S/F 22/22/11

KVRT & KVSH Racing’s Belle Isle Team Notes

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

CHEVROLET DUAL IN DETROIT PRESENTED BY QUICKEN LOANS – MAY 30-31, 2015

“I am very excited to go to Detroit and get back on a street course. I don’t know the track at all, but we have a lot of data from previous years, so I am sure we can get around that pretty quickly. After a top-eight finish at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis at the beginning of the month and a top-10 qualifying, I will aim to qualify even better and try to finish in the top-eight again or higher. I had a good at the GP so we should be ok and hopefully we have two great results this weekend.”

Coletti sits 20th in the standings with 75 points.

  • The 2015 Chevrolet Dual In Detroit will be Coletti’s seventh and eighth Verizon IndyCar Series start, seventh and eighth with KV Racing Technology and first and second at Belle Isle.
  • At the Grand Prix of Indianapolis earlier this month, Coletti had his IndyCar career best finish, eighth, and best qualifying positon of 10th.
  • Coletti was very successful in the GP2 Series, the feeder series to Formula One, earning a total of eight wins and one pole in 90 races.
  • In 2013, Coletti won the GP2 Series sprint race on the Monaco circuit and became the first Monegasque driver since Louis Chiron in 1931 to have won a race in his homeland.
  • Coletti, 26, is third generation Monegasque, who still resides in Monaco, Monaco.
2015 Verizon IndyCar Career Statistics
Seasons 1 Top-Five 0
Career Starts 6 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 Indy 10/8 Indianapolis 500 30/25

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS
NO.11 MISTIC E-CIGS – KVSH RACING CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONECHEVROLET DUAL IN DETROIT PRESENTED BY QUICKEN LOANS – MAY 30-31, 2015

“I am looking forward to getting back to street racing after spending the month of May at the Speedway. The Indy 500 was a tough race for the team, but that is behind us now. We had some trouble with the setup at Detroit last year, but we have done a lot of work and will come with something new this year. The Chevrolet Dual in Detroit is obviously an important race for us since we are a Chevy team, so the whole Mistic E-Cigs KVSH Racing team is looking forward to having a good performances in both races.’

Bourdais sits 7th in the championship standings with 161 points

  • The 2015 Chevrolet Dual In Detroit will be Bourdais’ 138th and 139th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 25th and 26th with KVSH Racing, sixth and seventh at Detroit.
  • Bourdais is contesting his 10th Verizon IndyCar Series season (Champ Car, 5: IndyCar, 5. Drove one IndyCar event in 2005, the Indy 500).
  • In 137 career Verizon IndyCar Series starts, Bourdais has won 32 races placing him eighth on the all-time list 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.
Career Statistics (includes CART and year to date IndyCar)
Seasons 10 Top-Five 63
Career Starts 137 Top-10 83
Wins 32 Poles 33
Podium 49 Laps Led 2,291
2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Statistics
Starts 5 Top-10 4
Wins 0 Poles 0
Podiums 0 Laps Led 3
Top-Five 1
2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Results
St. Petersburg S/F 6/6 New Orleans S/F 6/21
Long Beach 9/6 Barber S/F 7/8
GP of Indy 7/4 Indianapolis 500 7/11
Belle Isle Statistics
Number of Starts 5 2012 Q/S/F 10/9/24
2014 Race 1 S/F 7/13 Best Finish 11th (2013 – Race 2)
2014 Race 2 S/F 11/20 Best Start 9th (2012)
2013 Race 1 Q/S/F 15/14/24 Laps Led 0
2013 Race 2 Q/S/F 22/22/11

KVSH & KVSH/JBR Indianapolis 500 Race Reports

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS
NO. 11 HYDROXYCUT/HAUS VAPORIZER KV RACING TECHNOLOGY CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE
Qualified: 7th
Finished: 11th

“It was a tough day for the Hydroxycut Haus Vaporizer team. I was dreading these conditions because on Monday and Carb Day we saw that we were not on the money when the track temperature went up. Unfortunately, it was 85 degrees and windy today. The track temp got up to 125 degrees, so I just did the best I could. I really struggled on restarts and lost a bunch of positions. That is something I am going to have to work on. The balance wasn’t an issue we just lacked overall grip. I was hoping I could stay at the front and make up a couple of positions at the start of the race, but instead I lost a couple straightaway. However, we stuck it out and almost finished in the top-10, so we will move on from there. Overall, I feel kind of lucky and happy to finish 11th.”

Fast Facts:
* This was Bourdais’ fifth Indianapolis 500 race. He earned his best qualifying position, seventh, and his second best finish (placed seventh last year).
* Bourdais has finished in the top-10 in four of the first six races of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season (St. Petersburg, sixth; Long Beach, sixth, Alabama, eighth and the GP of Indy, fourth). He was also running sixth before a late pit stop at NOLA dropped him out of the top-10. He was then collected in an incident and finished 21st.
* Bourdais now sits seventh in the championship standings with 161 points, 43 out of fifth place.
* The 2015 Indianapolis 500 was Bourdais’ 137th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 22nd on an oval, 24th with KVSH Racing and fifth at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
* Of Bourdais’ 22 career oval starts, 13 have come in the last two years.
* Bourdais has made 15 IndyCar oval starts with a best qualifying of fourth at Fontana in 2013 and a best finish of seventh at the Indianapolis 500 last year.
* Bourdais made seven oval starts in Champ Cars earning four victories: Lausitz in 2003, Las Vegas in 2004, 2005, and Milwaukee 2006.

 

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

Qualified: 32nd
Started: 29th
Finished: 25th

“We had a pretty difficult start to the race. The No. 4 KVRT car had a lot of under steer in traffic but with each pit stop we were able to make changes and in the end the car started to feel good in the last stint. We were finally able to run in the tow and attempt some passes. With about 25 laps to go, I was coming into turn 4 and the two guys in front of me crashed and hit the wall and I was able to avoid the first one, but not the second. Its unfortunate because I think I could of had a top-15, but that’s the way it ended. I just wanted to finish my first Indy 500 and I didn’t so hopefully I can do better next year.”

Fast Facts:
* Coletti not only made his Indianapolis 500 today, this was also Coletti’s first oval race.
* Coletti is the first native of Monaco to run in an IndyCar race since Louis Chiron participated in the 1929 Indianapolis 500.
* Coletti ran as high as 16th in his first oval race today
* He picked up 10 points today and now sits 20th in the championship standings, with 75 points, 31 out of 15th.
* Coletti, 26, still resides in Monaco

 

BRYAN CLAUSON
NO. 88 JONATHAN BYRD’S RACING/ CANCER TREATMENT CENTERS OF AMERICA CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE

Qualified: 33rd
Started: 30th
Finished: 31st

Fast Facts:
* The 2015 Indianapolis 500 was Clauson’s second Verizon IndyCar Series start, first with KVSH/Jonathan Byrd’s Racing and second at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
* In his previous Indy 500 start, Clauson qualified 31st and finished 30th with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing in 2012
* Clauson competes full-time in the National Sprint League in Winged Sprint cars. He currently sits third in the championship standings with 829 points, 156 out of first.
* In 2011, Clauson ran six Indy Lights races for Sam Schmidt Motorsports earning five top-10 finishes including four top-five showings, a podium (third) at Iowa and took the pole for the Freedom 100 at IMS. In 2012, he ran two Indy Lights events for Fan Force United placing 10th at both Milwaukee and Iowa.

KVSH Racing & KVSH/Jonathan Byrd’s Racing Qualifying Reports

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS
NO. 11 HYDROXYCUT/HAUS VAPORIZER  KV RACING TECHNOLOGY
CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE
Qualified: 7th
Lap 1: 225.559 mph
Lap 2: 225.346 mph
Lap 3: 224.859 mph
Lap 4: 225.010 mph
Average Speed: 225.193 mph

“I had one big moment. On my first lap I got one big gust (of wind) out of turn two going into turn three and I almost hit the fence. Other than that the run was pretty much under control. It was very consistent. We didn’t make any changes after the morning practice when we didn’t have the speed we wanted, the Hydroxycut Haus Vaporizer guys just rubbed on the car. At that point the worst thing you can do is overreact. The balance was alright it was just a matter of being more consistent and gaining a little bit of speed. The guys found a little problem with the floor and maybe that is what made the difference. I just tried to keep on top of my tools to make sure the scrub was at a minimum. We didn’t expect the speed I ran, so I can’t be any happier with the way qualifying turned out. Hats off to the Hydroxycut Haus Vaporizer crew. They did a really good job preparing the car.”

Fast Facts:

  • This is Bourdais’ best qualifying position in five attempts at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His previous high was 15th(2005, 2013).
  • In four previous start his best finish is seventh (2014).
  • Bourdais has qualified in the top-10 all five times this season (St. Petersburg, sixth; Long Beach, ninth; Barber, GP of Indianapolis and Indy 500, seventh) and will start in the top-10 for the sixth time in six races this year (started sixth at NOLA when field gridded by points due to weather).
  • Bourdais has finished in the top-10 in four of the first five races of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season (St. Petersburg, sixth; Long Beach, sixth, Alabama, eighth and the GP of Indy, fourth). He was also running sixth before a late pit stop at NOLA dropped him out of the top-10. He was then collected in an incident and finished 21st.
  • Bourdais sits ninth in the championship standings with 123 points, just 21 out of fifth place.
  • The 2015 Indianapolis 500 will be Bourdais’ 137th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 22nd on an oval, 24th with KVSH Racing and fifth at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • Of Bourdais’ 21 career oval starts, 12 have come in the last two years.
  • Bourdais has made 14 IndyCar oval starts with a best qualifying of fourth at Fontana in 2013 and a best finish of seventh at the Indianapolis 500 last year.
  • Bourdais made seven oval starts in Champ Cars earning four victories: Lausitz in 2003, Las Vegas in 2004, 2005, and Milwaukee 2006.

BRYAN CLAUSON
NO. 88 JONATHAN BYRD’S RACING/ CANCER TREATMENT CENTERS OF AMERICA CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE

Qualified: 33rd

First attempt:
Lap 1: 219.522 mph
Lap 2: 221.309 mph
Lap 3: 220.241 mph
Lap 4: 221.030 mph
Four-lap average: 220.523 mph

Bump Day/second attempt:
Lap 1: 221.193 mph
Lap 2: 221.356 mph
Lap 3: 221.393 mph
Lap 4: 221.487 mph
Four-lap average: 221.358 mph

First Attempt Quote:
“We didn’t feel really good about that run. The car felt good but we lost all of the speed we had earlier today. We have to go find it, we were flat.”

Second Attempt Quote:
“We’re in the show, we have to get back into race mode and we are way more
confident in that. We got a little overzealous in our first run and then we
were able to do a little better the second time around. The stress that I
went through made me feel as old as Buddy (Lazier)”

“Turn 2 cushion wasn’t quite as high as I would of liked but we got her in
the show.”

Fast Facts:

  • The 2015 Indianapolis 500 will be Clauson’s second Verizon IndyCar Series start, first with KVSH/Jonathan Byrd’s Racing and second at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • In his previous Indy 500 start, Clauson qualified 31st and finished 30th with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing in 2012
  • Clauson competes full-time in the National Sprint League in Winged Sprint cars. He currently sits third in the championship standings with 829 points, 156 out of first.
  • In 2011, Clauson ran six Indy Lights races for Sam Schmidt Motorsports earning five top-10 finishes including four top-five showings, a podium (third) at Iowa and took the pole for the Freedom 100 at IMS. In 2012, he ran two Indy Lights events for Fan Force United placing 10th at both Milwaukee and Iowa.

KV Racing Technology Practice Qualifying Report

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

Qualified: 32nd
Lap 1: 221.870 mph
Lap 2: 221.978 mph
Lap 3: 221.967 mph
Lap 4: 222.187 mph
Average Speed: 221.001 mph

Qualifying quote:
“This is definitely not how I wanted to qualify for my first Indianapolis 500, so I’m disappointed with how today went. In my first qualifying attempt, I was completely flat the whole way round and the car was easy to drive, but the end result was the slowest I had been all week. I ended up having to then re-qualify for the last row, with the potential of being bumped out. The guys did a quick gear change for me and the car felt good and I was able to do four very solid runs, to put me in the field. The good thing is we have a good race car that I feel comfortable to drive, so I’m looking forward to being able to make my dream a reality and race in the Indianapolis 500 next week.”

Fast Facts:
Coletti will be making his oval career debut at the 2015 Indianapolis 500.
This will be Coletti’s sixth Verizon IndyCar Series start, sixth with KV Racing Technology and first at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Coletti is the first native of Monaco to run in an IndyCar race since Louis Chiron participated in the 1929 Indianapolis 500.
At the Grand Prix of Indianapolis last weekend, Coletti had his IndyCar career best finish, eighth, and best start 10th.
Coletti, 26, still resides in Monaco

KVRT/KVSH and KV Jonathan Byrd Racing Pre-Qualifying Notes and Quotes

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS
NO. 11 HYDROXYCUT/HAUS VAPORIZER  KV RACING TECHNOLOGY
CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE
Tope Speed – 31st – 227.424 mph / 39.5736 seconds (Practice 5 – Friday May 15)
Total Laps – 263 (14th most for the week)
Qualifying Number – 50th

“It was a very challenging day for the Hydroxycut/Haus Vaporizer team. We tried to make the low downforce setup that we had yesterday work today and it never did. So we backtracked and put more downforce on the car, but by that time we had messed with the setup quite a bit and we couldn’t quite hit our marks after that. We are just going to have to take a good hard look at the data tonight and try and get the proper setup for the conditions for tomorrow’s qualifying. Fortunately we have one more practice session before we qualify, so hopefully we will get it right.

Fast Facts:

  • The 2015 Indianapolis 500 will be Bourdais’ 137th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 22nd on an oval, 24thwith KVSH Racing and fifth at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • In four previous starts at IMS, Bourdais has a best qualifying position of 15th (2005, 2013) and a best finish of seventh (2014).
  • Of Bourdais’ 21 career oval starts, 12 have come in the last two years.
  • Bourdais has made 14 IndyCar oval starts with a best qualifying of fourth at Fontana in 2013 and a best finish of seventh at the Indianapolis 500 last year.
  • Bourdais made seven oval starts in Champ Cars earning four victories: Lausitz in 2003, Las Vegas in 2004, 2005, and Milwaukee 2006.

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BRYAN CLAUSON
NO.88 JONATHAN BYRD’S RACING/ CANCER TREATMENT CENTERS OF AMERICA CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE
Top Speed – 32nd – 226.909 mph / 39.6635 seconds (Practice 5 – May 15, 2015)
Total Laps – 350 (The most for any driver for the week
Qualifying Number – 16th

“It’s been a roller coaster week, but our car has been fairly comfortable all day. We have been moving the balance around all day and we finally got it right at the end. We ran some pretty good laps on our own. We’ll look at our notes tonightand see what we can do to get even quicker”

“We have a short laundry list of things to do in the morning before qualifying. We’re right there to be in the top 30 when it’s all said and done tomorrow, all we have to do is give it four good ones”

Fast Facts:

  • The 2015 Indianapolis 500 will be Clauson’s second Verizon IndyCar Series start, first with KVSH/Jonathan Byrd’s Racing and second at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • In his previous Indy 500 start, Clauson qualified 31st and finished 30th with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing in 2012
  • Clauson competes full-time in the National Sprint League in Winged Sprint cars. He currently sits third in the championship standings with 829 points, 156 out of first.
  • In 2011, Clauson ran six Indy Lights races for Sam Schmidt Motorsports earning five top-10 finishes including four top-five showings, a podium (third) at Iowa and took the pole for the Freedom 100 at IMS. In 2012, he ran two Indy Lights events for Fan Force United placing 10th at both Milwaukee and Iowa.

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

Fastest Lap: 229.018 mph / 39.2982 seconds (Practice 5 – Friday, May 15)
Total Laps: 252 laps
Qualifying Number: 21st

Practice quote:
“This is my first time on an oval so we had to take it slow. Going at that speed, it is not something I am used to. So we took it step-by-step, slowly reducing the aero and trying to go faster each time. I have to be honest. After the first two days it was pretty difficult because, like I said, I am not used to going these kinds of speeds. I finally did get used to it and today was the first time we actually started to get close to a qualifying trim. The car behaved well and I was comfortable. I was able to run a 229 and I think the fastest is 230, so we are not that far off. I think I still have a lot to learn and we have some things to do on the car for qualifyingtomorrow.”

 

Pre – Qualifying quote:
“As far as qualifying, we haven’t gotten to the complete full qualifying trim yet. That is something we might try tomorrow morning in practice. I don’t dream of being on the pole. I am a rookie and it is my first time ever on an oval. I think it takes time and a lot of experience to be fast on this track. if we could be between 10th and 15th I think that would be a good result.”

Fast Facts:

  • Coletti will be making his oval career debut at the 2015 Indianapolis 500.
  • This will be Coletti’s sixth Verizon IndyCar Series start, sixth with KV Racing Technology and first at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Coletti is the first native of Monaco to run in an IndyCar race since Louis Chiron participated in the 1929 Indianapolis 500.
  • At the Grand Prix of Indianapolis last weekend, Coletti had his IndyCar career best finish, eighth, and best start 10th.

KV, KVSH Racing & KVSH/JBR Indy 500 Notes

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

99th Indianapolis 500 – May 10-24, 2015
“I am very excited to be racing at the Indianapolis 500. It will be my first time on an oval, so will be a whole new experience but it looks like it will be really fun, so I’m excited to try it. I have always watched the race from Europe so I can’t wait to be a part of it. On TV it always looks like such a great event and has been something I have always wanted to be a part of and now I am here. I am really really excited, it’s a dream come true and I can’t wait.”

Coletti sits 19th in the standings with 65 points.
Coletti will be making his oval career debut at the 2015 Indianapolis 500.
This will be Coletti’s sixth Verizon IndyCar Series start, sixth with KV Racing Technology and first at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Coletti is the first native of Monaco to run in an IndyCar race since Louis Chiron participated in the 1929 Indianapolis 500.
At the Grand Prix of Indianapolis last weekend, Coletti had his IndyCar career best finish, eighth, and best start 10th.
The Grand Prix of Indianapolis was Coletti’s second appearance on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May. In 2006, he competed in two Formula BMW USA races there, winning the second race after starting 10th and placing second in the other.
Coletti was very successful in the GP2 Series, the feeder series to Formula One, earning a total of eight wins and one pole in 90 races.
In 2013, Coletti won the GP2 Series sprint race on the Monaco circuit and became the first Monegasque driver since Louis Chrion in 1931 to have won a race in his homeland.
Coletti’s sister, Alexandra, is also a professional athlete, who will be competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in the Downhill and Super Combined.
Coletti, 26, is third generation Monegasque, who still resides in Monaco, Monaco.
2015 Verizon IndyCar Career Statistics
Seasons 1 Top-Five 0
Career Starts 5 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

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SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS
NO.11 HYRDROXYCUT/HAUS VAPORIZER– KVSH RACING CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE

99th Indianapolis 500 – May 10-24, 2015
“I am looking forward to getting ready for the Indianapolis 500. It has been a strong start to the season for the Hydroxycut Mistic E-Cigs – KVSH Racing team. We have learned a lot about putting together a strong car on the street and road courses and I wish I could tell you that what we have learned we could apply to super-speedway ovals, but I would be lying. We just have to do the same thing for Indy that we have so far this year. Keep are noses to the grindstone, keep digging and get better. If we continue to make progress over the next few days of practice with the new Chevrolet aero package and get stronger, hopefully we can finish higher than we did last year (seventh) and fight for the lead”

Bourdais sits ninth in the championship standings with 123 points, just 21 out of fifth place.
The 2015 Indianapolis 500 will be Bourdais’ 137th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 22nd on an oval, 24th with KVSH Racing and fifth at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Of Bourdais’ 21 career oval starts, 12 have come in the last two years.
Bourdais has made 14 IndyCar oval starts with a best qualifying of fourth at Fontana in 2013 and a best finish of seventh at the Indianapolis 500 last year.
Bourdais made seven oval starts in Champ Cars earning four victories: Lausitz in 2003, Las Vegas in 2004, 2005, and Milwaukee 2006.
Bourdais is contesting his 10th Verizon IndyCar Series season (Champ Car, 5: IndyCar, 5. Drove one IndyCar event in 2005, the Indy 500).
In 136 career Verizon IndyCar Series starts, Bourdais has won 32 races placing him eighth on the all-time list 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.
Career Statistics
Seasons 10 Top-Five 63
Career Starts 136 Top-10 83
Wins 32 Poles 33
Podium 49 Laps Led 2,291
2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Statistics
Starts 5 Top-10 4
Wins 0 Poles 0
Podiums 0 Laps Led 3
Top-Five 1

2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Results
St. Petersburg S/F 6/6 New Orleans S/F 6/21
Long Beach 9/6 Barber S/F 7/8
Indianapolis GP 7/4
Indianapolis 500 Statistics
Number of Starts 4 2005 S/F 15/12
2014 S/F 17/17/7 Best Start 15th (2013 & 2005)
2013 Q/S/F 15/15/29 Best Finish 7th (2014)
2012 S/F 25/25/20 Laps Led 0
BRYAN CLAUSON
NO. 88 JONATHAN BYRD’S RACING/CANCER TREATMENT CENTERS OF AMERICA CHEVROLET/DALLARA/FIRESTONE

99th Indianapolis 500 – May 10-24, 2015
“May is always a special time around Indianapolis, and it feels good to be a part of the action again at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It’s been a long wait to strap back into an Indy car around this place and I’m excited to get to work with the team we’ve built here at KVSH/Jonathan Byrd’s Racing.”
The 2015 Indianapolis 500 will be Clauson’s second Verizon IndyCar Series start, first with KVSH/Jonathan Byrd’s Racing and second at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
In his previous Indy 500 start, Clauson qualified 31st and finished 30th with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing in 2012
Clauson competes full-time in the National Sprint League in Winged Sprint cars. He currently sits third in the championship standings with 829 points, 156 out of first.
He is one of the most prolific drivers to come through USAC having earned 67 career USAC wins. His total career victories (all series in which he has competed) is 148.
Clauson is a two-time USAC National Midget Series Champion (2010, 2011); a two-time USAC National Sprint Car Series Champion (2012, 2013); a three-time USAC National Drivers Champion (2010, 2011 and 2012) and a three-time Midget “Driver of the Year.”
Clauson is the 2013 Non-Winged “Driver of the Year.”
In 2011, Clauson ran six Indy Lights races for Sam Schmidt Motorsports earning five top-10 finishes including four top-five showings, a podium (third) at Iowa and took the pole for the Freedom 100 at IMS. In 2012, he ran two Indy Lights events for Fan Force Untied placing 10th at both Milwaukee and Iowa.
Other Series Clauson has competed in include: ARCA, NASCAR Busch Series and the Nationwide Series
Clauson, 25, was born in Carmichael, CA and now resides in Noblesville, IN
2015 Verizon IndyCar Career Statistics
Seasons 2 Top-Five 0
Career Starts 2 Top-10 0
Wins 0 Poles 0
Podium 0 Laps Led 0
Indianapolis 500 Statistics
Number of Starts 1 Best Start 31st (2012)
2012 S/F 31/30 Best Finish 30th (2012)
Laps Led 0

 

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