Rain and Red Flag Wreck Bourdais’ Qualifying Run

Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Summary:
A wet track and an early red flag wrecked Sebastien Bourdais’ qualifying run for tomorrow’s Honda Indy Toronto on the temporary street circuit in Toronto, Canada. Rain forced drivers in Round 1, Group 1 to begin qualifying on rain tires. Bourdais, in the No. 18 Team Mouser Electronics/Molex – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan car, was behind Tony Kanaan, who slid-off on the first lap forcing Bourdais to slow down. The next lap Ed Jones caused a red flag and by the time the track went green there was only enough time left in the session for one more lap. With the track conditions worse than the opening lap, Bourdais was unable to advance to Round 2.

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Fast Facts:

  • This is the first time in 14 races at Toronto that Bourdais did not to qualify in the top 10. He has qualified in the top five nine times with four poles (2004, 2005, 2007 and 2014 Race 1).
  • In 13 previous starts at Toronto, Bourdais has finished in the top 10 12 times with eight top-five showings, five podium performances and two wins (2004 and 2014 Race 1, both from the pole).
  • Bourdais has qualified in the top-five five times and top-10 seven times in the first 12 races of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. He captured the pole at Phoenix, qualified third for the INDYCAR Grand Prix and at Barber, fifth for the Indianapolis 500 and at Texas, sixth at Road American and ninth at Long Beach.
  • In 13 Toronto races Bourdais has completed 1064 of a possible 1071 laps (completed 84 of a possible 85 in 2012 and 67 of a possible 73 in 2007).
  • Bourdais is 10th in the championship standings with 254 points on the strength of four top-10 finishes (three in the top-five) with a win at St. Petersburg, a fourth place finish in the INDYCAR GP and a fifth at Barber Motorsports Park (eighth in Texas).
  • Bourdais is contesting his 13th Verizon IndyCar Series season, third with Dale Coyne Racing and first with Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan.
  • The 2018 Honda Indy Toronto will be Bourdais’ 183rd Verizon IndyCar Series start and 14th at Toronto.
  • In 182 career IndyCar starts, Bourdais has won 37 races (sixth all-time) and captured 34 pole positions (seventh all-time).
  • Bourdais is the only driver to win four consecutive IndyCar championships (2004 – 2007).
  • Bourdais, 39, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Broadcast Times:
Round 12 of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series, will be the Honda Indy Toronto, July 15, on the temporary street circuit at Toronto, Canada. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN at 3:00 p.m. ET.  It is also available on radio: XM 209 and IMS IndyCar Radio as well as online: IndyCar.com and Verizon IndyCar 15 app.

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