AJ Foyt Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.14 ROKiT Chevrolet and Dalton Kellett in the No.4 K Line Insulators Chevrolet endured a difficult day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Sebastien Bourdais started the race from 14th place and came home in 15th and speaking following the action he commented saying:
A bit of a tough situation for us starting fifteenth with a bunch of cars, four or five behind us, starting on reds (tires), so that was a bit of a kicker for us and then sure enough at the start of the race, we just lost all those positions. “With track position being so key, it just set us back and it was tough to recover.
Bourdais went on to say:
“Still feel like we did a halfway decent job. “We used up the left rear like last time but a little less, and our pace seemed to be better overall. Overall, had to nurse those Firestone tires a little too much for me to be able to extract the real speed out of the car, because if I did that for five laps, then we were kind of dead for the rest of the stint. And then we kind of worked our way back since we did black-red-red-red, and our pace was pretty decent.”
The Frenchman went on to say:
“Unfortunately, at the first restart – I haven’t seen videos – but Ryan (Hunter-Reay) defended going into (turn) 12, went to the inside, I ran around the outside and then he tried to go around my outside in 13 and I don’t know. “I mean it’s obviously a very, very tight corner, I turned as much as I could and the right front (tire) was dirty for sure from that yellow flag, so it washed out a bit, but I was backing up the corner to make sure I was giving him room. I don’t know, having not seen the replay, it’s tough to say, but I feel like he had a lot of track on his right side and he just turned in and we made contact side-by-side. It knocked the wheel out of my hands and the wheels interlocked and then it threw us both out in the grass, and deep enough since the cars just kind of tangled and the wheels kind of went left-right-left-right. I couldn’t get my hands back on the wheel and turn and get it out of the grass, so it was a long way deep in the grass and we lost like six, seven positions, which was a real shame because it’s so difficult to make back.
Bourdais concluded saying:
“There was another yellow where we gained a couple of positions and passed a few cars, but it just feels like a bit of a lost opportunity again to maybe finish in the top-10 or really close to it” Bourdais lamented. “So a little frustrating but not a bad day overall. I feel like the guys did a really good job today in the pits and felt that we were a little racier than we had been here in the past, but yeah, fifteenth.”
Dalton Kellett started the race from 28th and finished the event in 26th and speaking following the event he commented saying:
“Definitely a tough day for the No. 4 K-Line Insulators Chevrolet. “We currently don’t have any answers as to what was really going on, but we were really struggling with the rears throughout the race. We didn’t make any setup changes between warmup and the race so it’s kind of baffling what happened. When we came in on the last three stints, the tires were down to the cords and it was just trying to hang on for dear life basically during the run,” revealed Kellett. “Don’t really have any answers. Definitely a frustrating day but we’ll have to see if there’s anything that we learn on the set down and go from there. That’s all we can do.”
Looking ahead to Gateway next weekend Kellett said:
“We had a good test at Gateway so definitely looking forward to that next weekend, “but it’s perplexing coming from a strong weekend in terms of pace from Nashville to here and just kind of really struggling. During warmup we thought we were looking alright, so it’s just a question mark right now.”