Rain Fell Just Hard Enough For Bourdais To Have To Pit, Settles For 5th Place Run at Barber Instead

LEEDS, Ala – The ball was in Sebastien Bourdais court. Go as long as he needed to go. See, the rain really started ramping up around the Barber Motorsports Park over the final stint of the rain delayed Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. The rest of the field had already came down pit road to put on the Firestone wet tires. Bourdais, well he was trying to go as long as he could on his Firestone alternates. The Dale Coyne Racing driver at the time held over a 9-second lead…

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Josef Newgarden Wins Rain Delayed Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

LEEDS, Ala – We always knew that whenever Josef Newgarden got a chance to drive for one of the big teams in the Verizon IndyCar Series, that he’d be the next great star. Nothing against Sarah Fisher or Ed Carpenter or their respective teams, but you can’t compare their resources to that of Team Penske or Chip Ganassi Racing. Well, Newgarden signed with Penske in the offseason between 2016 and 2017 and that proved to be one that could shape the future of this series moving forward. Newgarden, piloted his No.…

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Dixon, Bourdais and Newgarden Wait Too Long On Final Pit Sequence

LONG BEACH, Calif – Pit sequences can make or break race strategies. Sometimes, cautions could fly in the middle of a pit sequence, making the race change completely. That happened on Sunday in Long Beach. See, Alexander Rossi wasn’t going to allow pit strategy to cost him a win. He pit early on in each pit window. Sebastien Bourdais and Scott Dixon tried to stretch their fuel too long. Zachary Claman DeMelo crashed on the 1.968-mile street circuit on Lap 59, bringing out the third caution in Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix…

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Long Beach a Place Where Bourdais Can Really Make Championship Statement

LONG BEACH, Calif – Heading into the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (4 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) Sebastien Bourdais sits third in the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings, seven points out. That deficit should be very easily diminished on Sunday afternoon on the southern California street circuit too. We’ve already raced at one street course this season and Bourdais was victorious. Last year, he also won the season opening race at St. Pete and backed that up with a runner-up effort in Long Beach. 

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5 Favorites For Saturday Night’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix (9 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network)

AVONDALE, AZ – Finding five true drivers as favorites for an Verizon IndyCar Series race is tough enough. But, to do so in a new year with a new car with so much disparity, well good luck. After four separate test sessions at the ISM Raceway in Phoenix back in February, to go along with a full days of work on the 1.022-mile track on Friday, here are my five favorites for Saturday night’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix (9 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network). 

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Bourdais Wins Phoenix Pole Despite, “I have to say every time I jump in that car in qualifying trim and stuff, I think (about my crash in qualifying for the 2017 Indianapolis 500)

AVONDALE, AZ – It took until the final qualifier, but Simon Pagenaud had some company on the front row now for Saturday’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix (9 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network). Pagenaud, had turned a two-lap average around the ISM Raceway in Friday’s qualifying session of 188.148 mph in his No. 22 Chevrolet. The defending Verizon IndyCar Series winner on the 1.022-mile Arizona track was nearly two full mph quicker than anyone else. Then, his fellow countrymate topped him. 

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Bourdais Quickly Piling Up Trophies In His St. Pete Home, Becoming One Of The All-Time Greats

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – We always talk about how little we value what Scott Dixon is doing and has done in the Verizon IndyCar Series during the course of his career. His 41 career wins, rank him fourth on the all-time wins list. He’s just one shy of tying Michael Andretti four third all-time and 11 away from Mario Andretti in second. His 224 consecutive starts, those are second ever. His 38 runner-up finishes, third ever. His 96 podiums, fifth ever. Also, his 141 top five finishes are tied for third…

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For 2nd Straight Year, Bourdais Wins Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete started wild and ended that way too. On the first lap, we’d see five of the 24 starters with an issue. One of which was Sebastien Bourdais. On the second to last lap, we’d see more wild racing. Alexander Rossi got into leader Robert Wickens in Turn 1 on the final restart on Lap 108 and got both cars out of line as a result. Bourdais, who restarted third, snuck by and won the Verizon IndyCar Series season opener on…

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Friday’s Verizon IndyCar Series Practice Report From St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – For the first time of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, the cars hit the track for practice. Since the season finale at Sonoma last September, the teams have spent the past six months testing and getting their new 2018 cars ready for the 17 race season. On Friday, they had two practice sessions around the 1.8-mile St. Petersburg, Florida street circuit. Here’s the recaps. 

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Bourdais Eyeing St. Pete Repeat

Last season, Sebastien Bourdais got off course during his qualifying run on the streets of St. Pete and crashed. He would start 21st as a result. That didn’t hinder him though. He charged from the last starting spot, lucked out by an early race caution and won the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season opener. It was a great start to the season. He’d finish first, second and eighth respectively out of the gates. But, a first lap crash at Phoenix and a Lap 3 engine failure in the INDYCAR Grand…

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