KVSH Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.11 Team Hydroxycut Chevrolet had a disappointing start to his Verizon IndyCar Series season at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg on Sunday.
The Frenchman who was involved in a row with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Mikhail Aleshin on Saturday started the 110 lap race from seventh place on the grid.
Bourdais was unfortunate to be one of the eight cars that got caught up in the incident at Turn 4 and was placed in 22nd place at the end of the race retiring from the event following contact. Speaking following the race he stated:
Obviously, not the way we wanted to start the season. I am disappointed for our sponsors and want to thank all of them: Hydroxycut, Europa, Mouser, Molex, Plantronics, GEICO, American Racing Wheels, everyone, for their support. The good news is that we had pace and qualified eighth. Unfortunately, we got involved in that melee that destroyed any chance we had of a solid finish. This is only the first race and we are going to have to work very hard to ensure we have a good season. Hopefully, with a couple of weeks to prepare for the next few races, that time together will help.