Turn 2 Incident Ends Bourdais Qualifying Run for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais had an incident in Turn 2 on the “out” lap of the Round 1, Group 2 qualifying session and will start 24th in tomorrow’s Honda Indy 200 on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH. Bourdais, behind the wheel of the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan car, was seventh in this morning’s final practice. After leaving pit lane to begin his qualifying session, Bourdais entered Turn 2, slid across the track, and into the wall ending his session.

Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Quote:
“The same thing as a couple of other times where I look like an idiot on the out lap or the first lap, going straight with no rear brakes whatsoever. We, for whatever reason, have to run a very forward brake balance and the front brakes heat up much faster than the rears. It was a super slow out lap. It’s been like that the whole weekend, everyone is not getting going and I just can’t seem to be able to factor it in. You need to be so far off any kind of braking references until the brakes temperature stabilizes. I just can’t wrap my head around it and I keep getting caught out and making mistakes. It’s very frustrating. I am very sad for the guys, they have worked so hard, and for SealMaster, Honda, everyone involved. We have a pretty good race car and we have nothing to show.


Fast Facts: 

  • Bourdais has qualified in the top-five five times and top-10 seven times in the first 13 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 eight qualifying sessions at Mid-Ohio Bourdais has qualified in the top 10 four times with one pole (2014)
  • In 7 previous starts at Mid-Ohio, he has finished in the top 10 four times with three top-five performances and a best showing of second in 2014.
  • 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 200 at Mid-Ohio will be Bourdais’ 184th Verizon IndyCar Series start and eighth at Mid-Ohio.
  • In 183 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 13 of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series, will be the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, July 29, on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course permanent road circuit in Lexington, Ohio. 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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