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KVSH Racing's Bourdais Qualifies 15th For MAVTV 500
Posted by: newsla on Aug 30, 2014 - 06:16 AM
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KVSH Racing's Bourdais Qualifies 15th For MAVTV 500

KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais qualified 15th for tomorrow's MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

Bourdais, behind the wheel of the No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT - KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone car, went out 19th of the 22 drivers for his qualifying attempt and posted a two-lap average of 214.713 mph. His first lap came in at 215.661 mph (33.3857 seconds) the second at 213.774 (33.6805 seconds).


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"The Hydroxycut - KVSH Racing team struggled both during the test on Wednesday and today," Bourdais said. "The car was better than it was this morning and that showed a little bit on the speed charts being 15th in qualifying. We are lacking a lot of grip. Even running at the top of the track we can't make the car stick. It's tough. The good news is we have another practice tonight and we will just keep working and digging. Hopefully, the guys will come up with something to improve the car for the race tomorrow."

The 35-year-old Frenchman has qualified in the top-12 in 12 of the 18 races during the 2014 Verizon IndyCar season, but only once in six attempts on an oval (Iowa, sixth). He has four top-five efforts and two poles (on the streets of Toronto Race 1 and on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Bourdais will be making his 131st career start tomorrow, but just his 21st on an oval and second at Auto Club Speedway. In his debut on the two-mile D-shaped oval last year, Bourdais was having an outstanding race and led 35 laps, when an incident ended his evening in 12th place.

Of his 20 career oval starts, 11 have come in the last two years. Bourdais scored four wins and earned three poles in seven ovals starts in Champ Car (2003 - 2007). His best oval qualifying effort in an IndyCar is fourth last year here at Fontana and his best finish is seventh at this year's Indianapolis 500.

Bourdais, the only driver to win four consecutive titles (2004-2007), is having his best season since returning to IndyCar competition in 2011. In just his second full season since his return, he is eighth in the standings with 437 points and has earned his first victory since 2007 (on the streets of Toronto in Race 1). He finished 12th last year in his first full season.

With the 2014 season finale in Fontana worth double points, Bourdais has a realistic chance to finish in the top six in the final standings, which would give him one of the top-two season-ending finishes in KV Racing Technology's history. Tony Kanaan holds the record placing fifth in 2011 and KVRT co-owner Jimmy Vasser is second on the list having finished sixth in 2006.

Tomorrow's MAVTV 500 will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network beginning at 9:00 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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