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Electrical Gremlin Derails Strong Effort By Kvsh Racing Sebastien Bourdais
Posted by: newsla on Jul 13, 2014 - 05:48 PM
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Electrical Gremlin Derails Strong Effort By Kvsh Racing Sebastien Bourdais In Iowa Corn Indy 300

KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais was running a strong race when a still undiagnosed electrical gremlin derailed his effort in last night's Iowa Corn Indy 300 at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.


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Bourdais qualified the No. 11 Team MISTIC E-Cigs - KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone machine an oval season-high sixth. He dropped several positions early in the 300-lap contest, which was hampered by first a yellow flag, then a red flag for rain that delayed the race for 26 minutes. The early weather delays were followed by a couple of yellow flags for on track incidents. When racing resumed in earnest, Bourdais ran in or near the top-10 and was sitting in 11th when suddenly his car temporarily shut off. Bourdais got it restarted and was still on the lead lap, but now in 17th place. He immediately went back on the attack and was up to 13th when the car shut off for a second time. With the speeds and closeness of the racing on the 0.875-mile oval and the unpredictability of his car, Bourdais did not want to endanger the other competitors so pulled on to pit lane on lap 130 ending his race in 19th place.

"It's just a shame," Bourdais said. "We were having a strong night. At the start we had some problems and lost some places, but we had a lot of racing to go. When the car came back to us I started to work my way back through the field, passed some cars and was pretty optimistic. Then we started having an electrical problem that eventually shut down the entire car for a good five, six seconds. The second time it happened I just ducked into pit lane because you just can't take the chance to run under those conditions. It's a tough break for the Mistic E-Cig crew because the car was definitely very competitive and we could have had a very good night. We have had good cars so far this season, we just have to keep working hard and things will turn around for the KVSH Racing team."

Now in his ninth IndyCar season, Bourdais made his 125th career IndyCar start, but contested just his 18th career oval event and second at Iowa Speedway. In his Iowa Speedway debut last year he qualified 22nd (started 19th due to penalties) and finished 14th. In 18 career oval starts (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 finish is a seventh this year at the Indy 500. The veteran of nine IndyCar season has made 10 of his oval starts in the last two years.

Bourdais earned 11 points last night and after 12 of the 18 races on the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule is 12th in the standings with 282 points. He 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 third doubleheader of the season, the Honda Indy Toronto on the 1.75-mile, 11-turn downtown temporary street circuit at Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Both the race on Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20 will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network beginning at 3:00 p.m. (ET). They 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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