Bourdais Goes from 21st to Ninth in 200th IndyCar Start at Iowa Speedway

Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary:
Following a lengthy delay due to rain, Sebastien Bourdais made a success out of his 200th career IndyCar start by going from 21st on the starting grid to a ninth place finish last night in the Iowa 300 on the 7/8-mile Iowa Speedway oval in Newton, Iowa. Bourdais, in the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan entry, had his lowest qualifying position of the season, but drove a smart and deliberate race. He slowly, but methodically worked his way through the field to earn his sixth top-10 finish of the season. Bourdais earned 23 points for his effort and moved back into the top-10 in the championship standings, at No. 10, with 255 points.

image002 (9)Sebastien Bourdais Race Quote:
“I found a couple of options on the track that seemed to be working really good for the No. 18 SealMaster Honda. I started to pick people off and get good runs out of turn two. That was really the key to passing a bunch of guys. Before I just didn’t have enough front to be able to do that. Then all of a sudden I had it and we gained a bunch of positions.  I’m really proud of the SealMaster crew. They did a great job in the pits.  It was a good result from where we started.”

Fast Facts:
In addition to last night’s ninth place finish, Bourdais has a season high third place showing at Barber, a fifth at COTA, eighth at Toronto and at Texas; ninth at Detroit GP Race 2. He 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 six starts at Iowa Bourdais has three top-10 finishes with a best finish of eighth in 2016 (ninth in 2019 and 2015).

Bourdais is contesting his 14th NTT IndyCar Series season and second with Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan.

In 200 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

Next Race:
Round 13 of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season will be the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, July 26-28 on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course permanent road course in Lexington, Ohio.

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