Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais, behind the wheel of the No. 18 Mouser – Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan car, finished eighth today in the Honda Indy Toronto on the 1.786-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Bourdais, who qualified eighth, ran in the top-eight through the first three quarters of the race, except following pit stops, getting as high as fifth. Then on lap 65 of the 85 lap contest, while running in sixth, he had a minor incident in turn three when he brushed the nose of the car into the tire barrier. Bourdais recovered quickly, but the mishap cost him three positions. Shortly thereafter, Takuma Sato, who was in fifth place just ahead of Bourdais prior to the incident, caught fire ending his race. From ninth place, Bourdais went on to pick up one spot.
Sebastien Bourdais Race Quote:
“We got the Mouser Molex car in a pretty decent groove. It was a car you could compete with. Obviously, we should have finished fifth today, but I made one mistake and it cost us big. It was definitely more fun and we’ll try and keep making it better. It’s the last street course of the season, but I think we are headed down the right path. Hopefully, we can extrapolate from the work we have done and improve our overall performance through the rest of the season.”
Bourdais earned 24 points today and is 11th in the 2019 NTT IndyCar championship standings with 232 points. He has scored five top-10 finishes including two top-5 showings, a season high third at Barber and fifth at COTA. He placed eighth here in Toronto and at Texas; ninth at Detroit GP Race 2. 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.
In 15 races on the streets of Toronto, Bourdais has finished in the top- 10 a total of 13 times with eight top-five showings, five podium performances and two wins (2004 and 2014 Race 1, both from the pole)..
Bourdais is contesting his 14th NTT IndyCar Series season and second with Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan.
The 2019 Honda Indy Toronto was Bourdais’ 199th NTT IndyCar Series start and 15th on the Toronto temporary street circuit.
In 199 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 12 of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season will be the Iowa 300, July 19-20 on the 7/8-mile Iowa Speedway oval in Newton, Iowa.