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Kvsh Racing's Bourdais Has Fantastic Run, Qualifies Oval Season-High Sixth For Iowa Corn Indy 300
Posted by: newsla on Jul 12, 2014 - 06:59 AM
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Kvsh Racing's Bourdais Has Fantastic Run, Qualifies Oval Season-High Sixth For Iowa Corn Indy 300


KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais came out of nowhere with a fantastic effort to qualify an oval season-high sixth for tomorrow's Iowa Corn Indy 300 at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.

 

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Bourdais, who is making just his second appearance on the .0875-mile Iowa Speedway short-oval, was 19th on the combined speed chart after two rain shortened practice sessions. He went out 21st of the 22 drivers to make a qualifying run in the No. 11 Team MISTIC E-Cigs - KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone machine and recorded laps of 17.4533 seconds and 17.3462 second for a combined total of 34.7995 seconds and an average speed of 184.968 mph.He will grid on the outside of row three.

"I feel pretty good, very happy," Bourdais said. "We didn't test here and it is only my second time at Iowa Speedway. We struggled in practice, made some changes this afternoon and it kind of all work out in the end. Jimmy (Vasser) was confident that the car was going to be good, so I said 'okay, your call.' I am very happy for the whole KVSH Racing crew and our sponsor Mistic."

Bourdais made his Iowa Speedway debut last year qualifying 22nd (started 19th due to penalties) and finishing 14th.This is the first time this season that the 35-year-old Frenchman has qualified in the top-10 on an oval. In three previous oval events this year (Indianapolis, Texas and Pocono) he had a best qualifying position of 17th.

Bourdais has now qualified in the top-12 in eightof12 races this year (seven times on road/street circuits, once, today on an oval) and the top-five twice with a best starting position of third at Long Beach (fifth at Houston Race No. 2).

A veteran of nine U. S. based open-wheel seasons, Bourdais will be making his 125th IndyCar start tomorrow, but just his 18th on an oval. In 17 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 11 IndyCar oval starts his best qualifying position is fourth (started third) last year at Fontana. His best finish is a seventh this year at the Indy 500. Half of his oval starts have come in the last two years.

After the first 11 races of the 18-race 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season, Bourdais, the only driver to win four consecutive major U. S. based open-wheel championships (2004-2007), sits 10th in the standings with 271points. 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 Iowa Corn Indy 300 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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