Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Summary:
A red flag interrupted Sebastien Bourdais’ final flying lap leaving him ninth in his group and 17th on the starting grid for tomorrow’s INDYCAR Classic on the 3.41-mile 20-turn Circuit of the Americas permanent road circuit in Austin, TX. Bourdais, behind the wheel of the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan entry, went out in Group 1 in Round 1 of qualifying and recorded a fast time of 1:47.0702. The INDYCAR Classic is Round 2 of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season.
Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Quote:
“I just can’t find what I need to make the No. 18 SealMaster Honda fast. It’s mostly me, the way I drive. It’s frustrating. The car was better yesterday when it was sunny. I had some heat in the front tires that brought the car to life. In the cooler conditions, like today, we can make the car loose, but we can’t make it turn. I don’t know how to drive that. Never have, never will. We’ll sit down, take a look at the data again and see what we can come up with for tomorrow. Hopefully, it will be sunny.”
Bourdais is contesting his 14th NTT IndyCar Series season, fourth with Dale Coyne Racing and second with Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan.
The 2019 INDYCAR Classic will be Bourdais’ 190th career IndyCar Series start and first appearance at the Circuit of the Americas.
In 189 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 competed in 27 Formula One races (2008-2009) and is an accomplished sports car racer having won the GT Le Mans class in 2017, the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours in the GTE Pro category (from the pole), the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans in 2015 and the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2014. He has another pole and three runner-up finishes (2007, 2009 and 2011) at Le Mans.
Bourdais, 40, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.