KVSH Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.11 Team Hydroxycut Chevrolet restarted the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway from 11th place.
The Frenchman moved up just one position to tenth place and that is where he finished the race just ahead of a trio of Andretti Autosport drivers with Alexander Rossi, Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter Reay finishing the race in 11th, 12th and 13th place respectively.
Speaking following the race Bourdais commented by saying:
“It was a tough night for the Hydroxycut – KVSH Racing team. We knew we were going to be on the shy side with the downforce level because that was the way it was when we were here in June. At that time, we didn’t anticipate that everyone else would stack up on downforce and we didn’t have some of the parts we needed. So, of course, we had to restart that way, which was quite frustrating honestly. I knew it was going to be tough in the beginning and it sure was in traffic. I was basically just trying to stay out of trouble and manage my tires. Then during the second stint when it stretched out, I went for it and after 15 laps the tires disintegrated and the car got very loose on my own. I was out of adjustments, so we had to make an earlier pit stop, which destroyed our race. After that we corrected. We were still not good in traffic, but could hold some decent speeds, 204 (mph), 205 even toward the end of our stint. Unfortunately, the leaders were running 207, 208 and there was nothing we could do about it, so I went a couple of laps down. We fought our way through the race, but it is definitely not fun when you have to be that passive, just hanging on and trying to bring it home. The good news is we finished in the top 10 on all the ovals this year so we have made progress.”