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Kvsh Racing Driver Sebastien Bourdais Qualifies For Pocono IndyCar 500
Posted by: newsla on Jul 06, 2014 - 06:10 AM
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Kvsh Racing Driver Sebastien Bourdais Qualifies For Pocono IndyCar 500


KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais qualified today for tomorrow's Pocono INDYCAR 500 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

 

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Bourdais was scheduled to go out third of 22 drivers, but ended up qualifying second when rookie Jack Hawksworth crashed in afternoon practice and did not make a qualifying run. He recorded a two-lap average of 219.741 mph posting two very consistent laps of 219.721 mph (40.9611 seconds) and 219.760 mph (40.9537 seconds). He will grid 18th and line up on the outside of row nine.

"I'm obviously not happy with qualifying," Bourdais said. "It's not where we want to be. The car seems to be a little better in race trim, but we still have a lot of work to do. Hopefully, we can figure something out and have a decent result in the #SHATTER car tomorrow."

Bourdais, who is making his second appearance on the 2.5-mile tri-oval nicknamed the "Tricky Triangle," is driving the No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT - KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone car, but sporting a new red livery, which will be used for this event only and features #SHATTER a Pre-Workout MuscleTech product that is produced by Hydroxycut's parent company Iovate.

The 35-year-old Frenchman made his Pocono Raceway debut last year qualifying 12th (started 11th due to penalties) and finishing 16th. The four time Champ Car Series champion (2004 - 2007) and veteran of nine U. S. based open-wheel seasons will be making just his 17th oval start tomorrow. In 16 previous oval events (six in Champ Car and 10 in Indy cars) he has three victories, all in Champ Car (Las Vegas in 2004, 2005 and Milwaukee in 2006). In his 10 IndyCar oval starts his best finish is a seventh this year at the Indy 500. Half of his oval starts have come in the last two years.

Bourdais has now qualified in the top-12 in seven of 11 races this year (all seven on road/street circuits), the top-10 five times and the top-five twice with a best starting position of third at Long Beach (fifth at Houston Race No. 2). His best oval qualifying position this year is 17th at the Indianapolis 500.

The four-time Champ Car Series champion (2004-2007) currently sits eighth in the championship standings with 242points after the first 10 races of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season. He has earned four top-10 finishes including three top-five showings (season-high fourths at Houston Race No. 1 and at the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis, the fifth in Houston Race No. 2 and a career-best seventh place performance in the Indy 500).

The Pocono INDYCAR 500 will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network beginning at 12:00 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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