Dale Coyne with Vasser Sullivan Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 Team SealMaster Honda will make his 200th NTT IndyCar Series start in Iowa tonight and will start the Iowa Corn 300 from 21st place having set a two lap qualifying average of 171.390MPH.
The four time IndyCar Series champion becomes the 25th driver to reach this career milestone. Speaking following qualifying for the Iowa Corn 300, the Frenchman said:
The No. 18 SealMaster Honda car was OK this morning. Then for the qualifying run, I had no grip. I’m not sure what happened between the morning practice and qualifying. We’ll take a look at the data and see what we can come up with.”
Bourdais made his debut in CART series with Newman Haas Racing in 2003 winning three races in his debut season in the series.
The Frenchman is the only driver in the history of the NTT IndyCar Series to have won four consecutive championships. In 2007, Bourdais took a sabbatical from CART in 2007 when he moved to Formula One with Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Bourdais will roll off 21st for today’s Iowa Corn 300.