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Kvsh Racing's Bourdais Finishes Fourth In Shell And Pennzoil Grand Prix
Posted by: newsla on Jun 29, 2014 - 07:36 AM
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Kvsh Racing's Bourdais Finishes Fourth In Shell And Pennzoil Grand Prix Of Houston Race No 1


KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais finished a season-high tying fourth today in the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston Race No. 1 in Houston, Texas.

 

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Bourdais, in the No. 11 MISTIC E-Cigs - KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone machine, qualified ninth this morning with a lap of 59.6126 seconds on the 1.69-mile, 10-turn temporary NRG Park temporary street circuit. It is the sixth time in seven street/road races this season that Bourdais has reached at least the second round of qualifying.

The race, which was ruled a timed event of one hour and 50 minutes following a huge rain storm just prior to the start, opened on rain tires. Bourdais held station until his first pit stop, which came during the first caution period of the race. Following the stop, Bourdais began to march through the field battling his way first into the top-five, then the top-three and eventually into second place where he ran until his second stop on lap 60. Bourdais rejoined the contest in 10th place and for the final 20 laps of what turned out to be an 80-lap contest, he fought his way back passing some cars and avoiding the mistakes that plagued other competitors. When the checkered flag flew and the dust settled due from the penalties that were applied, Bourdais found himself in fourth.

"A very solid day for the KVSH Racing Mistic machine and the whole group," Bourdais said. "We did everything right and everything we had to do. We just got hurt by the yellows. The first yellow, when we switched to slick tires, a lot of things didn't quite work out, but we came out of it strong, P2 behind Hinchcliffe. Unfortunately, another yellow came out and that really did it because we were good to go on fuel with one more stop and some of the other guys behind us stopped on an earlier yellow. But since it was a timed race, every time there was a yellow the race got shorter and shorter and they were not using as much fuel. So, a few of them stayed in front of us, but we salvaged a fourth which was a very solid result. Of course I am disappointed in a way because I think we could have finished higher, but I am pretty happy for the Mistic crew."

Bourdais, who made his fifth start on the streets of Houston has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success here. In addition to today's fourth place performance, the 35-year-old Frenchman has two victories (2006 and 2007), both while competing in the Champ Car World Series. He made his first appearance in an Indy car at Houston last year finishing fifth in Race No. 1 and eighth in Race No. 2.

Bourdais earned 32 points today and now sits 10th in the championship standings with 212 points. He has now finished in the top-10 three times this year and twice in the top-five, season-high fourths here at Houston and at the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis. He also placed an Indy 500 career best seventh.

The Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston presented by The Greater Houston Honda Dealers continues tomorrow, Sunday, June 29, with qualifying in the morning and Race No. 2 in the afternoon. The race will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network beginning at 3:00 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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