Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 SealMaster Honda went into this weekend’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix at the ISM Raceway leading the Verizon IndyCar Series championship having taken victory in the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg last month.

The LeMans native was last to set his qualifying time on Friday as he was leading the championship and Bourdais took the Verizon P1 Award.

Bourdais made a good start to the race however during a pit-stop he entered his box at an angle and hit a mechanic, as a result the Frenchman fell down the order and speaking following the race, Bourdais stated:

We were pretty much in control of the race and things were looking good. Then the first and almost only yellow came out. We paraded around for two or three laps and all I was thinking about was hitting my marks when we pitted. I didn’t scrub my tires. I didn’t pay attention that my tires loaded up with a bunch of junk and next thing I knew I was on the concrete in the pit lane. I tried to slow down and locked up the wheels instantly and nothing happened. Nothing. I just skated and two guys left with me. That was the failed moment of the race because after that there were no yellows until all the pit stops were completed. So, that was that. We just never recovered from going down a lap because of the drive-through penalty. I made a bunch of passes and recovered a decent amount of positions, but nothing to put us where we belonged. So, pretty disappointing overall for sure.”

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