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Kvsh Racing's Bourdais Qualifies 18th For ABC Supply Wisconsin 250
Posted by: newsla on Aug 17, 2014 - 06:51 AM
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Kvsh Racing's Bourdais Qualifies 18th For ABC Supply Wisconsin 250


KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais qualified 18th for tomorrow's ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 on the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin.

 

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Bourdais, behind the wheel of the No. 11 Team MISTIC E-Cigs - KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone machine, was 20th on the combined speed charts following two practice sessions earlier in the day on the legendary one-mile oval with a best lap of 22.5771 seconds (161.845 mph). For qualifying he went out 18th of the 22 drivers to make an attempt and posted a two-lap average speed of 164,421 mph logging two very consistent laps of 22.1801 seconds (164.742 mph) and 22.2667 seconds (164.102 mph).

"It was obviously a tough day for the Mistic E-Cigs - KVSH Racing team," Bourdais said. "We unloaded the car and tried a couple of things, but with a limited amount of tires and track time it is not easy to work some magic. We were hoping we had fixed most of the problem for qualifying, but it didn't work out. Hopefully, we will get a bit of a break tomorrow because track position is quite key here. Right now it looks like it is going to be up to Jimmy (co-owner and team strategist Jimmy Vasser), the guys on the scoring stand and the Mistic crew to make it happen."

In the first 16 races of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season, Bourdais has now qualified in the top-12 in 11of 16 races(only once on an oval, Iowa, sixth), including four top-five efforts and two poles (Mid-Ohio and Toronto Race One).

Bourdais is making his sixth appearance on the Milwaukee Mile. In five previous starts, four in Champ Car and one, last year, in IndyCar, the 35-year-old Frenchman has three top-10 finishes (all in Champ Cars) including a win from the pole in 2006 (finished sixth in 2005 and ninth in 2003). In his IndyCar debut here he qualified 14th and finished 22nd.

Bourdais, who is in his ninth U. S. based open-wheel season, will be making his 129th start tomorrow (combined Champ Car and IndyCar), but just his 20th on an oval. In 19 previous oval starts, seven in Champ Car and 12 in IndyCar, 10 have come in the last two years. In his 12 IndyCar oval starts, Bourdais has a best qualifying position of fourth at Fontana in 2013 and a best finish of seventh this year in the Indianapolis 500. In his seven Champ Car oval starts he earned four victories: Lausitz, 2003; Las Vegas, 2004, 2005; Milwaukee, 2006.

Bourdais enters tomorrow's race eighth in the championship standings with 400 points on the strength of seven top-10 finishes including five top-five showings, two podium performances with one win (Toronto Race One).

The ABC Supply Wisconsin 200 will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network beginning at 3:00 p.m. (ET) on Sunday 3rd August. 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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