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Month Of May Gives Sebastien Bourdais Momentum Heading Into Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix
Posted by: newsla on May 28, 2014 - 07:09 AM
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Month Of May Gives Sebastien Bourdais Momentum Heading Into Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix


KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais is riding a wave of momentum during the month of May as he heads to the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix May 30 - June 1 on at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Michigan.

 

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The Detroit event will be highlighted by what is being billed as the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit because it is a doubleheader. The Verizon IndyCar Series will hold races on the 2.3-mile, 13-turn Belle Isle Park temporary street circuit on Saturday, May 31 and again Sunday June 1.

Bourdais, who will drive the No. 11 Team MISTIC E-Cigs - KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone machine in both Detroit races, is coming off strong performances in both the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis, a fourth-place finish on May 10, and the Indianapolis 500, a career high seventh-place showing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 25.

The fourth-place finish in the Grand Prix snapped a streak of three consecutive races to open the 2014 season in which Bourdais had fast cars, but due to a variety of circumstances could not achieve the results he and the team expected. He followed that result 15 days later by essentially willing his car to another solid finish. Bourdais entered the month of May in 17th place in the championship standings with 63 points, but heads into the final of event of the month in eighth place with 143 points, just 49 out of fifth.

"It has been a long month and isn't over yet," Bourdais said. "The good thing is that we have had two good results and that has gotten us back in the top-10 in the championship standings. I really want to thank everyone at KVSH Racing for all the hard work. It has been tough on everyone, but we have some momentum now and I just want to keep that good feeling going and finish the month strong at Detroit. I also want to thank my sponsors Hydroxycut, Mistic Electronic Cigarettes, Circle K, GEICO, Plantronics and American Racing Wheels, to name a few. The support and encouragement everyone has given me, especially during the month of May, has been fantastic."

Bourdais will be making his fourth and fifth starts in an Indy car at Detroit. In three previous races he has a best qualifying position of 10th (started ninth due to penalties) in his Detroit debut in 2012 and a best finish of 11th last year in Detroit race two.

Commenting on racing at Belle Isle, Bourdais said, "The Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit is going to be a tough event. First, it is two races so it is physically demanding on the drivers and the crews. Second, the circuit has changed so there will be some things to learn. Third, there is a lot of pressure to qualifying well because it is a street circuit and it is difficult to pass. Neither the team nor I has had a lot of success in Indy cars at Detroit, so I am hoping that we can work together to change that."

Bourdais, 35, is a native of Le Mans, France. He is the only driver to win four consecutive U.S. open-wheel championships (2004-2007) and is eighth all-time in the IndyCar record books with 31 wins, seventh all-time with 31 poles. The talented and determined resident of St. Petersburg, Florida, competed in 27 Formula One races (2008 - 2009) and has an impressive endurance racing record including a victory in the 2014 Rolex 24-Hour sports car race at Daytona.

The Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit will be broadcast live on ABC beginning at 3:30 p.m. (ET) both days. It can also be heard live on IMS Radio Network affiliates, XM Channel 209, Sirius Channel 213 IndyCar.com, IndyCarradio.com or via the Verizon IndyCar14 app.

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