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KVSH Racing's Sebastien Bourdais' Strong Weekend Ends In Frustration
Posted by: newsla on Apr 14, 2014 - 01:30 PM
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KVSH Racing's Sebastien Bourdais' Strong Weekend At Long Beach Ends In Frustration


KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais was having a very strong weekend on the streets of Long Beach, California, but it ended in frustration when he finished 14th today in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

 

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Bourdais, who made his debut in the No. 11 Team Mistic - KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone machine, was having an outstanding weekend. He was among the fastest drivers in every practice session and qualified third. When the race started the trend looked like it was going to continue as he moved into second place shortly after the drop of the green flag where he remained until pitting for the first time on lap 25.

Then everything literally went sideways. During his out lap following his first pit stop he skidded into the wall in turn eight bringing out the first of four full course yellow flags that occurred during the race. Bourdais pitted and the Team Mistic - KVSH Racing crew jumped into action repairing the damage and getting him back on track, albeit one lap down. Subsequently, he was assessed a drive through penalty for entering the pits when they were closed putting him even further back. A second incident during the second stint resulted in additional damage, which required another pit stop for repairs. However, despite the problems, Bourdais and the team continued to battle and when a series of crashes, including one involving multiple cars, he was able move back into the top-15.

"This one really hurts," Bourdais said. "I had a great car and I just made a mistake. The rear tires were going during the first stint and I started compensating with brake bias. When we put on new tires for the second stint I wound it back a bit, but not enough.During the out lap the rear tires were coming in, but the fronts were still not in. I touched the brake pedal and didn't even slow down. I didn't brake late, but was nowhere near making the corner. It was a very bad judgment call."

Bourdais went on to say, "I want to thank my sponsor Mistic Electronic Cigarettes for all their support this weekend. I also especially want to thank the crew for sticking with it all day. It is just the second race and we know we are fast. We will make this work together as a team.

The 35-year-old made his ninth appearance at Long Beach and competed in his second race with KVSH Racing. He has finished on the podium four times with three wins (2005-2007) in Long Beach and is one of the all-time greats to compete in the "Roar by the Shore."

Bourdais, who was born in Le Mans France, is the only driver to win four consecutive U. S. open-wheel championships (2004 -2007). He has won 31 races (eighth all-time) and earned 31 poles (seventh all-time). Bourdais competed in 27 Formula One races (2008 - 2009) and has an impressive endurance racing record including a victory at the 2014 Rolex 24-Hour and a third at the 2014 12-Hour event at Sebring.

Next up for KVSH Racing is the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, April 25-27, at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. The race will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network at 3:00 p.m. (ET).


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