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2014 Long Beach: KVSH Racing IndyCar Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Apr 11, 2014 - 06:37 AM
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2014 Long Beach: KVSH Racing IndyCar Race Preview

Four-time series champion Sebastien Bourdais heads to Long Beach this weekend hoping to relive the success he had there in Champ Car. The three-time winner (and twice from pole) is coming off a frustrating 13th place finish at the Verizon IndyCar Series season-opener at St. Petersburg two-weeks ago. Bourdais currently lies 13th in the championship standings with 17 points.


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• Bourdais is the only driver to win four consecutive championships, taking the Champ Car World Series title in 2004 through to 2007.
• Bourdais is entering his ninth Verizon IndyCar Series season (previously ran five in Champ Car and three with IndyCar).
• The 2014 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be Bourdais' 115th Verizon IndyCar Series start, second with KVSH and 10th on the streets of Long Beach.
• In 114 career Verizon IndyCar Series starts, Bourdais has won 31 races placing him eighth on the all-time list and seventh with 31 pole positions.
• In nine previous starts at Long Beach, Bourdais has won the race three times (2005, 2006 & 2007. He has started on pole twice (2006 & 2007) and both times won.
• Bourdais, 35, is a native of Le Mans, France but currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.


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Sebastian Saavedra was the highest finishing Colombian driver at the Verizon IndyCar series-opener at St. Petersburg two weeks ago. Having qualified 11th, he ended up near the back of the field mid-race but patiently battled his way back to the front to finish 11th. Saavedra is 11thin the championship with 19 points.
• Saavedra is entering his fifth Verizon IndyCar Series season.
• The 2014 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be Saavedra's 40th Verizon IndyCar Series start, 25th on a road/street course, second with KV AFS and third on the streets of Long Beach.
• In 39 career Verizon IndyCar Series starts, Saavedra has earned two top-10 finishes with a best finish of eight last year.
• In 24 previous road/street course starts, Saavedra has a career best finish of eighth at Baltimore in 2013.
• Saavedra's best road/street course qualifying was at Baltimore in 2013 where he started ninth.
• Saavedra has an oval career best finish of 13th at Milwaukee last year.
• A graduate of the Firestone Indy Lights Series, Saavedra never finished outside the top-10 at Long Beach. In the three races he contested, he had a best finish of second in 2012.
• Saavedra, 23, is a native of Bogota, Columbia. He currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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