Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais qualified the No. 18 Mouser – Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan entry eighth for the Honda Indy Toronto on the 1.786-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Bourdais went out in Group 1 in Round 1 of qualifying and posted a fast lap of 59.0743 seconds putting him second on the speed charts and advancing him to Round 2. In the second round, Bourdais was sitting in fourth position until the closing seconds of the 10 minute session when four other drivers barely slipped past him, dropping Bourdais to eighth. He will start on the outside of Row 4 tomorrow.
Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Quote:
“We made a big step this weekend, but when the field is that close and we are just a tenth off it bites you. I had two fairly similar laps on the red tires with ups and downs on both. The car was just a tiny bit unpredictable under braking, so I left some on the table for sure. We are still a few adjustments away, but when it comes down to those kind of margins, I want to be the one who makes a difference and brings it home for the team and our sponsors.”
Bourdais has qualified in the top-10 seven times in the first 11 races of the 2019 season. His best starting position is third at Texas. He qualified fifth at Barber Motorsports Park, seventh at Road America and for the Indy 500, eighth here in Toronto, ninth for Detroit Race 2 and 10th for the INDYCAR Grand Prix.
In 15 attempts at Toronto, Bourdais has now qualified in the top-10 a remarkable 14 of 15 times with nine top-five starting positions and four poles (2004, 2005, 2007 and 2014 Race 1). He has finished in the top- 10 a total of 12 times with eight top-five showings, five podium performances and two wins (2004 and 2014 Race 1, both from the pole)..
Bourdais is 11th in the 2019 NTT IndyCar championship standings with 208 points. He has scored four top-10 finishes including two top-5 showings, a season high third at Barber and fifth at COTA (Texas, eighth; Detroit GP Race 2, ninth). Bourdais has finished 11th three times, Detroit Race 1, Long Beach and the INDYCAR GP, placed 12th 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 Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan.
The 2019 Honda Indy Toronto will be Bourdais 199th NTT IndyCar Series start and 15th on the Toronto temporary street circuit.
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 is the Honda Indy Toronto, Sunday, July 14. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN.