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Kvsh Racing's Sebastien Bourdais Spends Fast Friday Preparing For Indianapolis 500 Qualifying
Posted by: newsla on May 17, 2014 - 10:38 AM
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Kvsh Racing's Sebastien Bourdais Spends Fast Friday Preparing For Indianapolis 500 Qualifying


KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais spent "Fast Friday," the final day of practice before qualifying for the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500, preparing for tomorrow's qualifying at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

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Bourdais, behind the wheel of the No. 11 HYDROXYCUT/MISTIC E-Cigs - KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone machine, has made steady progress with the setup despite limited track time due to poor weather conditions. He has run a total of 234 laps on the 2.5-mile speedway oval and literally gone from the bottom of the speed charts to solidly inside the top-10. He ran the most laps of the four teammates (Townsend Bell, Sebastian Saavedra and James Davison) that compete under the KVSH Racing, KV AFS Racing and KV Racing Technology banners, and turned the fastest lap of 226.351 mph, which he did today, placing him 19th on the combined practice report.

"It has, obviously, been a very complicated week," Bourdais said. "The Hydroxycut/Mistic E-Cigs guys did a really good job. The car was a bit different than what we expected, so we had to work on it quite a bit, but it was mostly small adjustments. We got to a fairly happy place and we mileaged out the engine yesterday, so we put in a new one for today and it feels pretty good. The balance was good for the run we got in today. We just have to keep at it and we need to get a read on the low downforce setup. The car is not far off and I think we can have a good qualifying session tomorrow."

A total of 40 drivers turned a total of 7,769 laps over the six days. Ed Carpenter turned the fastest lap at an eye-opening 230.522 mph.

Bourdais is coming off a fourth-place showing in the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis, which snapped a streak of three consecutive double-digit finishes in the first three races of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season. He currently sits 10th in the championship standings with 81 points, just 21 out of fifth place.

Born in Le Mans France, Bourdais, 35, 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.

Following practice, drivers, family relatives, sponsors or team members took turns drawing numbers to determine the qualifying order. Bourdais' number was selected by Mistic E-Cigs Vice President of Marketing Justin Wiesenhan, who drew number 66.

Qualifying for the 2014 Indy 500 begins at 11:00 a.m. ET tomorrow and will be televised live on ABC from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. On Sunday, qualifying continues at 10:15 a.m. and will also be broadcast live on ABC from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

The 2014 Indianapolis 500 will be the 98th running of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing." It has been held every year since the first race in 1911 except the war years of 1917-1918 and 1942-1945. The race will take place May 25, 2014, and will be broadcast live on ABC beginning at 11 a.m. (ET).

The format for qualifying at the Brickyard has been revamped this year.
INDIANAPOLIS 500 QUALIFYING FORMAT:
SATURDAY QUALIFYING
* All entries are guaranteed one attempt to qualify between 11 a.m. and 5:50 p.m.
* The fastest 33 cars will make up the provisional field for the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race based on the fastest four-lap average time.
* Once the qualifying session ends, the top 30 cars are locked in to the field.
* However, all 33 cars must re-qualify on Sunday to determine final starting positions.
* The fastest nine cars advance to a shootout on Sunday to determine the Verizon P1 Award.

SUNDAY QUALIFYING
Group 1:
* All Saturday times are erased and positions 10-30 will re-qualify to determine starting position.
* Order will be the reverse of Saturday's rankings.
* Lineup will be determined based on fastest four-lap averages.
* In the event that there are only 33 cars entered, this group will determine positions 10-33.

Group 2 (Only used in the event there are more than 33 cars):
* All Saturday times are erased and positions 31-33, and any entry that has yet to make one attempt to qualify, will re-qualify to determine the 11th row of the race.

Group 3:
* The top nine cars will run in reverse order based on Saturday's times.
* All cars will make one attempt.
* At the end of the session, the cars are ranked 1-9 based on their four-lap average during the segment.

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