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Long Weekend In Detroit Comes To An End For Driver Sebastien Bourdais
Posted by: newsla on Jun 02, 2014 - 06:46 AM
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Long Weekend In Detroit Comes To An End For Kvsh Racing Driver Sebastien Bourdais


A long weekend that included two practices, two qualifying sessions and two races finally came to an end today for KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais at 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 qualified the No. 11 Team MISTIC E-Cigs - KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone machine 11th this morning, but following the session the team decided to go in a different direction with the setup for the race. While the changes didn't appear to be enough to give Bourdais a win, after 58 laps a solid top-10 finish was within his grasp. Unfortunately, while working lap 59 of the 70-lap contest and sitting in 11th place, Bourdais made contact with the wall in the turn five of the challenging 2.3-mile, 13-turn Belle Isle Park temporary street circuit ending Race No. 2 of the Dual in Detroit in 20th place.

"It was a difficult weekend," Bourdais said. "We struggled with the setup right off the truck. The Mistic E-Cigs team worked hard to find a solution and the car was quicker but very hard to drive after we made some changes following today's qualifying. Unfortunately, while I was chasing TK (Tony Kanaan) I locked up the left front and ended my day in the tires. I feel bad for the team and the sponsors. We just have to put this weekend behind us and move on to Texas."

Today's 20th place finish comes on the heels of a 13th place showing yesterday in Race No. 1. Never-the-less, Bourdais, who was 17th in the championship standings with 63 points after the first three races of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season, has had a fairly strong past 22 days. It started with a season-high fourth place finish in the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 10, was followed 15 days later by a career high seventh-place finish in the Indy 500, then a solid 13th place showing yesterday, but ended with today's finish. During that period, Bourdais, 35, has accumulated another 107 points and now sits 10th with 170 points.

Next up for KVSH Racing is the Firestone 600, June 6-7, on the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway oval in Ft. Worth, Texas. The race will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network beginning at 8:00 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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