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Kvsh Racing Driver Sebastien Bourdais Qualifies Seventh For Inaugural Grand Prix
Posted by: newsla on May 10, 2014 - 06:19 AM
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Kvsh Racing Driver Sebastien Bourdais Qualifies Seventh For Inaugural Grand Prix Of Indianapolis


May 9, 2014 - KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais qualified seventh for tomorrow's inaugural Indianapolis Grand Prix on the newly designed 2.439-mile, 14-turn Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

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Bourdais, behind the wheel of the No. 11 Team Mistic E-Cigs - KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone machine, went out in group two in round one of qualifying. He posted the second fastest lap in his group of 13 drivers with a time of 69.9775 seconds and therefore advanced to the second round. In round two, which was preceded by a heavy, but brief rain storm, all 12 drivers went out on rain tires. Bourdais hovered around the top six for most of the session, but was nipped on the last lap and placed seventh and did not advance to the Firestone Fast Six the final round of road/street course qualifying.This was the second time in the first four races of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season that Bourdais has advanced into the second round of qualifying having previously achieved the feat at Long Beach.

"I am a little disappointed not to make the Firestone Fast Six...missed it by a couple of hundredths of a second," Bourdais said. "I just made a mistake in turn three on my fastest lap and that was pretty much that. The Mistic E- Cigs guys have done a good job. We have a good race car. One with a strong pace in dry conditions. It is just a matter of getting a good start tomorrow, staying out of trouble and hopefully finally getting a strong result at the checkered flag."

Bourdais currently sits 17th in the championship standings with 48 points, but is just 10 points out of 10th.
He has had consistently fast cars in the first three events of the 2014 season, all on street or permanent road courses, but has not achieved a top result due to a series of incidents.

The Grand Prix of Indianapolis offers him a chance to break out and get back into the championship hunt.
The 35-year-old, 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.

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