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Kvsh Racing Driver Sebastien Bourdais Has Disappointing Qualifying
Posted by: newsla on Jun 07, 2014 - 06:49 AM
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Kvsh Racing Driver Sebastien Bourdais Has Disappointing Qualifying For Firestone 600


KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais had a disappointing qualifying session for tomorrow's Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Texas.

 

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Bourdais, who is driving the No. 11 Hydroxycut - KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone car, went out ninth of the 22 drivers that made a qualifying attempt and recorded a two-lap average of 214.407 mph after posting laps of 214.706 mph and 214.108 mph during his qualifying run. He will grid 18th and line up on the outside of row nine.

"A very disappointing qualifying run for the Hydroxycut - KVSH Racing team," Bourdais said. "Obviously, not what we were hoping for. We were not really quick and not really happy with the car this morning, so we made some changes that didn't work out. Now we just have to try and forget about qualifying and make the race car as good as we can get it. Hopefully have a good day tomorrow."

Bourdais, the only driver to win four consecutive U.S. open-wheel championships (2004-2007), is making his third appearance, but contesting just his second IndyCar race at TMS. The 35-year-old Frenchman 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.

Bourdais, 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 IndyCar race on the 1.445-mile TMS high-banked oval last year qualifying 17th, starting 15th due to penalties and finishing 20th. He will be making just his 16th oval start tomorrow in nine seasons of U. S. based open-wheel competition.

During his championship years in the Champ Car World Series, Bourdais made 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, his third year back in Indy cars, that Bourdais 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.

Bourdais currently sits 10th in the championship standings with 170 points, but is just 17 points out of seventh place. He has finished in the top-10 twice this year, a season-high fourth at the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis to go with the seventh at the Indy 500, but has had consistently fast cars, except last weekend at Detroit. Unfortunately, he has been the victim of some incidents that have prevented him from converting the fast cars into top results. Tomorrow's race provides him with the opportunity to try and recapture the momentum he generated at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but lost in Detroit.

The Firestone 600 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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