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Strong Drive By KVSH Racing's Bourdais Ends In Disappointment
Posted by: newsla on Jul 07, 2014 - 03:56 PM
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Strong Drive By KVSH Racing's Bourdais Ends In Disappointment


A very strong effort by KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais ended in disappointment today in the Pocono INDYCAR 500 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

 

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Bourdais qualified 18th in the No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT - KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone car, which featured a new red livery and #SHATTER, a pre-workout MuscleTech product produced by Hydroxycut's parent company Iovate. From the drop of the green flag the 35-year-old Frenchman was on the move. He drove patiently passing cars when the opportunity presented itself, was getting great fuel mileage, often staying out two to three laps longer than the vast majority of drivers and at one point had the fastest lap of the race.

Bourdais' first three pit stops were flawless and in fact the KVSH Racing crew picked up positions on two of the three. By lap 116, Bourdais passed Simon Pagenaud for 10th place and a top-10 finish looked assured. Unfortunately, his fourth pit stop, on lap 126, was disrupted by an uncooperative wheel nut. With the car already on the ground, it took precious seconds to get it back in the air and secure the wheel. When Bourdais rejoined the race he had dropped to 14th place, but more importantly had lost valuable track position and eventually went a lap down. Bourdais fought his way back up to 12th and was the first car a lap down. At that point the team decided to try and save fuel in an effort to complete the 200-lap contest, which featured a 500-mile race record 158 consecutive green laps, in one less stop. However, with just two laps remaining it became apparent that Bourdais would be short on fuel and he was forced to pit dropping him to 16th place.

"It was a pretty good day," Bourdais said. "We made progress from Saturday in qualifying. The car was competitive in racing traffic. We were marching forward and fighting with the top-10 guys. Once we got into the top-10 it was looking pretty good. Then unfortunately in a typical example of racing...winning together and losing together...we had a bad pit stop. I have thrown a couple of races away this year, today it was the crew. We just have to keep digging and see what happens. For sure it is disappointing for everyone because it looked like we were going to have a good result, but that is racing. We are headed in the right direction, so we just have to keep at it, keep building and see what happens next weekend in Iowa."

Bourdais made his second start on the 2.5-mile tri-oval nicknamed the "Tricky Triangle." Last year in his Pocono Raceway debuted he also finished 16th.

A veteran of nine U. S. based open-wheel seasons, Bourdais contested just his 17th career oval race this afternoon (six in Champ Car and 11 in Indy cars). He has three victories, all in Champ Car (Las Vegas in 2004, 2005 and Milwaukee in 2006). In 11 IndyCar oval starts his best finish is a seventh this year at the Indy 500. Nine of his 17 oval starts have come in the last two years.

Bourdais earned double points for the second round of the Verizon IndyCar Triple Crown plus one for leading a lap, No. 126, giving him a total of 29 for the day. He is now 10th in the championship standingswith 271points after the first 11 races of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Bourdais has earned four top-10 finishes including three top-five showings(season-high fourths at Houston Race No. 1 and the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis, fifth in Houston Race No. 2 and a career-best seventh place performance in the Indy 500).

Next up for KVSH Racing is the Iowa Corn Indy 300, July 11-12, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. 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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