Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais fell victim to an early race incident and a mid-race penalty today in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Bourdais, who qualified the No. 18 SealMaster – Dale Coyne Vasser-Sullivan car fifth on the picturesque 2.258-mile, 13-turn permanent road circuit, was running fifth prior to his first pit stop on lap 12. Three laps later, he was hit from behind and spun by Colton Herta, losing valuable track position. Bourdais continued to fight and regained much of the lost ground prior to pitting for the second time. Unfortunately, upon entering pit lane he exceeded the pit lane speed limit and was accessed a drive through penalty. Rejoining the race in 13th place, Bourdais continued to battle picking up two positions, earning valuable championship points with an 11th place finish.
After the first 13 races of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season, Bourdais is 11th in the championship standings with 274 points. He has a season high third place finish at Barber, a fifth at COTA, eighths at Toronto and Texas; ninths at Detroit GP Race 2 and Iowa. He has finished 11th four times, Mid-Ohio, 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 nine races at Mid-Ohio, Bourdais has now finished in the top-10 five times with three top-five performances and a best showing of second in 2014.
Bourdais is contesting his 14th NTT IndyCar Series season and second with Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan.
The 2019 Honda Indy 200 was Bourdais’ 201st NTT IndyCar Series start and ninth at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
In 201 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 14 of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season will be the ABC Supply Inc. 500, August 17-18, on the 2.5-mile, Pocono Raceway tri-oval in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.