Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais was having a spectacular race in the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Vasser-Sullivan car when tragedy struck. Bourdais, who had his best qualifying effort of the season started on the outside of the front row. Never running lower than fourth, except following pit stops, Sebastien consistently ran in the top three and led one lap. Bourdais moved into second place halfway through the 248-lap contest, when while working on lap 190, without warning, he found himself in the wall at the exit of turn four. Bourdais ended up 19th in last night’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 on the 1.25-mile World Wide Technology Raceway oval in Madison, Illinois.
Sebastien Bourdais Race Quote:
“The SealMaster No. 18 Honda was really on it tonight. It was a perfect weekend and I just couldn’t quite bring the finish. It’s my fault for sure. We were doing the job on fuel, and we were quick enough early on to stay at the front. I got the car down to the apex and it took off. I didn’t expect it. I wasn’t pushing very hard. We were saving fuel. It was really strange. I just hate it for the team. They did such a good job. We had a podium finish in our hands.
Bourdais earned 12 points and with two races left in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season is now
12th in the championship standings with 312 points. He has scored seven top-10 finishes including a season high third place finish at Barber and a fifth at COTA. He finished seventh at Pocono, eighth at Toronto and Texas, and ninth at Detroit GP Race 2 and Iowa. Bourdais also has four 11th place showings, Mid-Ohio, Detroit Race 1, Long Beach and the INDYCAR GP, placed 12th at Road America, 19th at St. Louis, 24th at St. Petersburg and 30th in the Indy 500.
In three races at WWT Raceway, Bourdais has a best showing of ninth in 2018.
Bourdais is contesting his 14th NTT IndyCar Series season and second with Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan.
The 2019 Bommarito Automotive Group 500 was Bourdais’ 203rd NTT IndyCar Series start, third at WWT Raceway and 45th on an oval.
In 202 career IndyCar starts, he has won 37 races (sixth all-time) and captured 34 pole positions (seventh all time).
Of Bourdais’ 45 career oval starts, 37 have come in the last seven years (36 in last six years). He has four poles (Phoenix, 2018; Milwaukee, 2006; Las Vegas, 2005; Lausitz, 2003). Phoenix was his first pole since Mid-Ohio in 2014 and first on an oval since 2006 at Milwaukee. Bourdais has earned five oval wins (Milwaukee, 2015; Milwaukee 2006; Las Vegas in 2005 and 2004; Lausitz, 2003). The oval win in Milwaukee in 2015 was his first oval victory since 2006 also at Milwaukee.
Bourdais made eight oval starts in Champ Car earning four victories: Lausitz, 2003; Las Vegas, 2004 and 2005; Milwaukee 2006 and capturing three poles: Lausitz, 2003; Las Vegas, 2005; Milwaukee, 2006.
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 16 of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season will be the Grand Prix of Portland, August 30 – September 1, on the 1.967-mile, 12-turn Portland International Raceway permanent road course in Portland, Oregon.