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Kvsh Racing's Bourdais Overcomes Problems To Finish 13th In Race No 1 Of The Chevrolet Dual In Detroit
Posted by: newsla on Jun 01, 2014 - 07:48 AM
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Kvsh Racing's Bourdais Overcomes Problems To Finish 13th In Race No 1 Of The Chevrolet Dual In Detroit


KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais overcame a myriad of problems to finish 13thin Race No. 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit, part of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Michigan.

 

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Bourdais began the day with a spectacular qualifying session. After finishing Friday's two practice sessions 21st of the 22 cars in the field with a best lap of 79.6048 seconds (106.275 mph), almost two seconds off the pace, Bourdais advanced to the second round of qualifying and recorded a fast lap of 77.9806 seconds (108.489 mph) putting the No. 11 Team MISTIC E-Cigs - KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone machine seventh on the starting grid.

The 35-year-old Frenchman, who made his fourth IndyCar start at Detroit today, opened the race on the challenging 2.3-mile, 13-turn Belle Isle Park temporary street circuit essentially holding station until his first pit stop, which came during the first caution period on lap 17 of the 70-lap contest. He dropped to 15th mainly due to the fact that several other teams chose to leave their drivers out for the full stint. As the other cars began pitting, Bourdais moved back into the top-10 prior to his second stop on lap 33 because it appeared he was not getting the fuel mileage need to complete the race in two stops. Upon exiting the pits, Bourdais immediately radioed back to the timing stand that something was wrong. Through the next approximately 30 laps the problems persisted basically ending his race.

"It was a tough race for the Mistic E-Cigs team," Bourdais said. "We couple of things that obviously didn't work out. First of all the fuel mileage was not the same on my dash as on the timing stand, so I thought I was doing the mileage and on the timing stand I wasn't, so I had to do extra stops. After the second stop there was just nothing under me when I was supposed to be able to go fast in clean air. It felt like the car was broken and something was wrong with it. That pretty much ruined the race. I don't know because at the end of the race the car came back half decent, so I have no idea what happened. The car was very up and down all race. We kept trying, but it has been a tough day for the team."

Today's 13th place showing is his second best finish at Detroit behind an 11th place performance in Race No. 2 last year. Although it was not a top-10 finish it also completes what has been a solid month of May for Bourdais. He entered May in 17th place in the championship standings with 63 points, but opened the month with a season-high fourth-place performance in the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis, which snapped a streak of three consecutive races in which he had fast cars, but could not convert them into top finishes. Fifteen days later he had a career high seventh-place performance in the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500. Here in Detroit, Bourdais, the only driver to win four consecutive U.S. open-wheel championships (2004-2007), picked up another 17 points giving him a total of 97 for the month, which puts him eighth in the championship with 160 points, just 53 out of fifth.

The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix continues tomorrow with the second race of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit. Qualifying for Race No. 2 will be at 10:00 p.m. with the race scheduled for 3:50 p.m. The race will be broadcast live on ABC beginning at 3:30 p.m. (ET). 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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