Bourdais Happy With His Podium
Dale Coyne with Vassar Sullivan Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 Team SealMaster Honda was happy with his third place finish in Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.
The Frenchman started the race from fifth place and fought Scott Dixon in the closing stages of the race just missing out on second place and speaking following the race he said:
The team guys did a great job, so hats off to that Team Sealmaster Honda crew, they really gave me a great car. I guess we were one of the rare teams to stick to the two-stop strategy. It means that Dale (Coyne team owner) has a heck of a lot more faith in me than I have in myself, that’s for sure. On Lap 18, I said, ‘I don’t think I can hang on to the car for another 10 laps,’ and he was like, ‘Well, you’re committed now.’ So, I wasn’t quite sure about it, but it worked out and I finished third.”
Santino Ferrucci in the No.19 David Yurman Honda started the race from 10th and came home in 15th place.
Speaking following the race he said:
I kind of got boxed in at the start since I was on the outside, so I had to go through the grass. Fortunately, we didn’t lose too many spots, but it took us out of the top 10. I managed to gain back a few positions and we had a good strategy going, but then the yellow (flag) caught us out as I was unable to pit before the pits closed and that really hurt us. The No. 19 David Yurman car was pretty good today, so it’s unfortunate that we couldn’t get a better result out of it. Once again, I can’t thank the guys enough for their hard work this weekend.”