First Lap Spin Ends Bourdais’ Bommarito Automotive Group 500

Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais’ Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison IL, ended before it really got started. Bourdais, behind the wheel of the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan car, spun in Turn 2 of the first lap causing enough damage that he was unable to continue the race. Bourdais was strong in both practice sessions yesterday finishing the day third on the combined speed charts. However, due to inclement weather, qualifying was cancelled, and the field was set based on driver points. Bourdais started ninth (10th in the points, the injured Robbie Wickens did not participate) in about the middle of the field.

Sebastien Bourdais Race Quote:
“I have no idea what happened. I think Graham (Rahal) was getting a little loose inside, so I moved into the second grove. Then in the middle of Turn 2 the car got loose as Jones made it three wide and I lost it. It’s frustrating and a shame. The SealMaster Honda No. 18 guys worked really hard and we had a good car. We will just have to regroup and hopefully have a better weekend at Portland.”

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Fast Facts: 

  • Bourdais earned nine points today and is 10th in the championship standings with 334 points on the strength of six top-10 finishes (four in the top-five). Bourdais has a win at St. Petersburg, a fourth-place finish in the INDYCAR GP and Pocono, a fifth at Barber (sixth at Mid-Ohio and eighth at Texas).
  • Bourdais made just his second start at Gateway Motorsports Park today. His best finish is 10th in 2017. It was the first race he contested after coming back from an injury suffered during qualifying for last year’s Indianapolis 500.
  • 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 Bommarito Automotive Group 500 was Bourdais’ 186th Verizon IndyCar Series start and 40th on an oval.
  • In 186 career IndyCar starts, Bourdais has won 37 races (sixth all-time) and captured 34 pole positions (seventh all-time).
  • Of Bourdais’ 40 career oval starts, 32 have come in the last six years (31 in last five years).
  • Bourdais has made 33 IndyCar oval starts (includes 2005 Indy 500) with a best qualifying effort of first (pole) at Phoenix in 2018. Phoenix was his first pole since Mid-Ohio in 2014 and first on an oval since 2006 when he captured the pole at Milwaukee. His best finish is a victory at Milwaukee in 2015. It was his first oval win since 2006 also at Milwaukee.
  • Bourdais made seven oval starts in Champ Car earning four victories: Lausitz, 2003; Las Vegas in 2004 and 2005; Milwaukee 2006 and capturing three poles: Lausitz, 2003; Las Vegas 2005 and Milwaukee in 2006.
  • 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.

Next Race and Broadcast Times: 
Round 16 of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series, will be the Grand Prix of Portland, August 31 – September 2, at Portland International Raceway in Portland, OR. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN at 2:3 0 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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