KVSH Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais goes into this weekend’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach having made what he describes as a decent start to the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
Last time out at the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix the Frenchman started the race from 15th place and finished the race in 8th place just behind Max Chilton.
Bourdais heads to Long Beach on 33 points in the drivers standings just six points off a top ten position. The LeMans native has a great record in Long Beach. In his 10 previous starts here he has scored a hat-trick of victories in 2005, 2006 and 2007, his victories in 2006 and 2007 came from pole position.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race he stated:
Considering how late things got under way this year, we have had a decent start to the season. We showed some pace in qualifying at St. Petersburg, but had some issues in the race. At Phoenix, we didn’t qualify well, but on race day, the team really came together and we had a solid result (finished eighth). Long Beach, hopefully, will be another step towards running at the front again. I’ve had a lot of success at Long Beach, but the last few years have been more difficult for me, between lack of pace or mistakes. That being said, we salvaged a pretty good sixth place in 2015.”
“The Long Beach circuit is a challenge. There are all types of corners and different surfaces you have to contend with, so getting the right setup is challenging. Because it is a street circuit qualifying is extremely important.”
“It is a great event because of the atmosphere. Next to the Indy 500, it is the premier event on our schedule. You also have to remember that one of our team owners, Kevin Kalkhoven, co-owns the race, so the entire team would like to do well for him.”
“There may also be some added, I don’t want to say pressure, but bragging rights this weekend. Jimmy “KVSH co-owner Jimmy Vasser” is running in the pro-celebrity race. He has won in Long Beach in IndyCars and is a past winner of the pro-celebrity race. The last thing I need is to finish lower than he does in our races.