KVSH Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.11 Team Hyrdoxycut Chevrolet will start Sunday’s Hitachi IndyCar Grand Prix from third place.
It was the Frenchman’s best qualifying result of the season having set a fastest time of 01:22.7844s during the Firestone Fast 6 competition and starts the race just ahead of Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves.
Bourdais goes into Sunday’s race in 14th place in the series standings and speaking following the session, Bourdais who has never raced at Watkins Glen in IndyCar commeted by saying:
It was a pretty exciting session for the Hydroxycut – KVSH Racing Team. It started off about as bad as it could. It was the bad red surprise, which is becoming annoyingly familiar for us unfortunately. It is always the same process. You set your car up with what you’re given, which is the black (primary) Firestone tires and they’re great. We can always make them work. Then for qualifying you get the “candy surprise” (the red alternate tires). We can’t extract any performance out of them. We just get movement, understeer, it disconnects the car…it’s a mess. So, I don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow in the race, to be honest, but for sure the Hydroxycut/Chevy machine is quick on black tires. It’s too bad we didn’t put the car on pole, but my bad. I made a mistake and then ran out of gas because we did an extra lap which was not accounted for. So it is what it is. Nevertheless, when you are close to Scott (Dixon) and Will (Power) at these kind of tracks you know you’ve done a good job. It’s our best qualifying position of the season, so we’ll take it.