Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary:
An early race incident damaged Sebastien Bourdais’ No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Vasser-Sullivan car, however he was still able to salvage a 12th place finish in the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI.. Bourdais qualified seventh on the scenic 4.048-mile, 14-turn permanent road course and had a good start to the race. Shortly after the drop of the green flag Takuma Sato made contact with Bourdais. From that point on, Bourdais struggled with the car, but continued to battle and despite the damage finished the 55-lap contest to score valuable championship points. Bourdais earned 18 points today and is now 11th in the championship standings with 208 points.
Sebastien Bourdais Race Quote:
“We had a pretty good start. Then I was side-by-side with Takuma and coming off turn three, maybe he got his wheels in the curb or something. He wiggled and his car turned hard right and his side pod made contact with my left front. After that the wheel was off and the car felt weird. I don’t know if our race was dictated by that initial contact or by something else, but it was a very average day, starting seventh and finishing 12th. I feel bad for the SealMaster No. 18 guys. They really worked hard all weekend.
In seven races at Road America, Bourdais has finished on the podium four times including a win from the pole in 2007.
Bourdais has scored four top-10 finishes this season including two top-5 showings, a season high third at Barber Motorsports Park and fifth at COTA (Texas, eighth; Detroit GP Race 2, ninth). He has finished 11th three times, Detroit Race 1, Long Beach and the INDYCAR GP, placed 12th here at Road America, 24th at St. Petersburg and 30th in the Indy 500.
Bourdais is contesting his 14th NTT IndyCar Series season and second with Dale Coyne Vasser-Sullivan.
The 2019 REV Group Grand Prix at Road America was Bourdais 198th NTT IndyCar Series start and seventh at Road America.
In 198 career IndyCar starts, he 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, 40, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida
Round 11 of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series will be the Honda Indy Toronto, Sunday, July 14 on the 1.786-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit in Toronto, Canada.