KVSH Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais heads to the Verizon IndyCar Series season opener, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg aiming to start the year in a strong way.
The Frenchman who lives in St Petersburg will once again drive the No.11 Team Hydroxycut Chevrolet and is entering his third season with KVSH Racing having joined the outfit in 2014. This year the outfit is running just the one car in the Verizon IndyCar Series which means that they can focus more resources on Bourdais.
The four time Series champion will start his 35th IndyCar event as KVSH Racing driver and it is his 11th season in IndyCar. Speaking ahead of the St Petersburg race, Bourdais commented by saying:
I live in St. Petersburg, so it is my home race and it is an honor to represent the city during race weekend. Other than a pole in my first race in 2003, I haven’t really had the success I would like. I don’t feel any additional pressure to do well…but it’s nice to be able to sleep in my own bed and have friends and family at the track.
Bourdais had a great year in 2015 taking pole position in Toronto and taking victory in Detroit Race 2 and at the Milwaukee Mile. The Frenchman ended the year in 10th place overall.
Bourdais went on to say:
I am looking forward to the start of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season. We’ve had a long off season, so it will be good to be back racing in the No. 11 Hydroxycut – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone car. We only tested once at Phoenix and once at Sebring a week ago. Now it is go time and I wish we could have done more. We also lost a lot of good guys but thankfully my race engineer stayed with me, and we should be able to hit the ground running, leaning on the good base setups we found last year.