INDIANAPOLIS – Sebastien Bourdais joked on Thursday that while he’s had speed on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, he hasn’t had the results.
“I think I managed 28 laps over the last two editions so I’ll try and up that a little bit,” Bourdais said on Thursday from the IMS Media Center. “We had a mechanical failure two years ago, and last year another mechanical failure. It’s kind of weird because we never have really even — between the KV and the Dale Coyne, we’ve never really had any mechanical issues other than here, so kind of strange. But hope that we’ve got this behind us.”
Bourdais, has started up front in all four editions of the INDYCAR Grand Prix. Unfortunately, he has two straight finishes outside the top 20. But, this year could be different. The Dale Coyne Racing driver has had previous success on the 2.439-mile road course. He finished fourth in each of his first two starts of this 85 Lap race in 2014 and again in 2015. This season, he’s already won a race as he won the season opener at St. Pete for the second consecutive year and was on the pole in the next race at Phoenix. On the last race overall, Bourdais nearly stole a win off pit strategy. Still, he came in the top five.
So far this weekend, Bourdais was fourth and seventh respectively in practice and qualified his No. 18 Honda third.
The last time he was in significant action at IMS he left in an ambulance. He crashed during his Time Trials run in Turn 2 and made impact with the SAFER barrier at 227 mph. Now, he’s ready to win.