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Kvsh Racing Driver Sebastien Bourdais To Make Just Second IndyCar Appearance At Texas Motor Speedway
Posted by: newsla on Jun 03, 2014 - 05:31 PM
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Kvsh Racing Driver Sebastien Bourdais To Make Just Second IndyCar Appearance At Texas Motor Speedway

KVSH Racing driver will be making his third appearance but contest just his second IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend in the Firestone 600, June 6-7, at Fort Worth, Texas.


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Bourdais, who is the only driver to win four consecutive U.S. open-wheel championships (2004-2007), competed at TMS for the first time in 2005 in the International Race of Champions (IROC) series winning the event over a distinguished field that included Mark Martin, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Steve Kinser, Helio Castroneves and Scott Pruett.

The 35-year-old Frenchman, who has spent most of his career competing on road and street circuits including 120 in Indy style cars and 27 in Formula One cars, contested his first U. S. based open-wheel event on the 1.5-mile TMS high-banked oval last year qualifying 17th, starting 15th due to penalties and finishing 20th.

Commenting on this weekend's race Bourdais, who will pilot the No. 11 Team Hydroxycut - KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone machine, said, "I have only raced once in an IndyCar at Texas Motor Speedway, but we tested there after Long Beach. The test went well. We started with our baseline setup and then worked on some changes that I think will help us this weekend. TMS is a physically demanding oval. It has high banking in the turns and because of the way it is laid out you spend most of your time turning at high speed pulling a lot of G's. This is an important race for the Hydroxycut - KVSH Racing team. Sulli (James "Sulli" Sullivan), one of the partners in KVSH Racing is from there and we are going to have a lot of sponsor guests attending the race. I feel we can have a good race and hopefully it won't be as windy as it was for the test."

Bourdais, who is eighth all-time in the IndyCar record books with 31 wins and has an impressive endurance racing record including a victory in the 2014 Rolex 24-Hour sports car race at Daytona, has made just 15 oval starts in nine seasons of U. S. based open-wheel competition. During his championship seasons in the Champ Car World Series, Bourdais made just seven oval starts including his debut at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2005. In those seven events he won three times, Las Vegas in 2004, 2005 and Milwaukee in 2006. It was not until 2013, he third year back in the Indy cars that he began to compete regularly on ovals. In fact 40% of Bourdais' oval starts came in 2013. In nine career Verizon IndyCar Series oval starts, Bourdais' best finish came this year when he placed seventh in the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500.

This weekend's race in Texas will not only test Bourdais' oval skills, but is also crucial to his position in the championship standings. He has jumped seven places in the point's race since May 10 on the strength of a season-high fourth place finish in the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis, the career-high seventh-place finish in the Indy 500, a solid 13th place showing in the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit Race No. 1, and a disappointing 20th place performance in Race No. 2. During the four-race period, Bourdais has accumulated 107 points as opposed to the 63 he earned in the first three events of the 2014 season. Bourdais currently sits 10th in the standings with 170 points, but is just 17 points out of seventh place.

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.

Four different riders claimed the $500 prize in each of the afternoon's four motos at Hangtown, showcasing the competitiveness of the entire Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship field. In the 450 Class, Dungey edged out Roczen to the holeshot in the opening moto and carried that into a second-place finish. In Moto 2, Monster Energy Kawasaki's Jake Weimer put himself out front early with his first holeshot of the season and carried that to a seventh-place result.

In the 250 Class, GEICO Honda's Zach Bell flashed his impressive speed to earn the holeshot in Moto 1 and proceeded to post a solid fifth-place result. It was Martin to made the most of his holeshot in the second moto, taking the lead out of the gate and never relinquishing it, ultimately winning by nearly 20 seconds to cap off another dominant day by the sophomore rider who is undefeated through the first four motos of the 2014 season.

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