KVSH Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.11 California Baptist University Chevrolet was left disappointed after only qualifying in 14th place for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Bourdais will start the race just behind Conor Daly and just ahead of Charlie Kimball and speaking following the session, the Frenchman commented by saying:
I am disappointed for the guys. They worked really hard. On the replay you can see that the checkered flag falls behind me, but apparently the checkered flag is not in sync with timing and scoring. As far as I am concerned I didn’t go by the checkered flag twice. It is just different reference points. We thought we were clear, but apparently I wasn’t. We also have a new sponsor here, California Baptist University and some of their engineering students, so I feel bad for them. Qualifying 14th will definitely make tomorrow’s race a lot more difficult. We will have to come up with something during the race if we are going to have a good result.
Bourdais goes into tomorrow’s race in 15th place in the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings on 33 points.