KVSH Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.11 Team Hydroxycut Chevrolet will start the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series finale GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma from ninth place.
The Frenchman goes into the race in 12th place in the series standings on 364 points having taken one victory this season. Bourdais won the Chevrolet Dual In Detroit Race 1 and speaking following qualifying he commented by saying:
A pretty good bounce back for the Plantronics – KVSH Racing Team. It has been a tough weekend. Like I’ve said, we didn’t test here and didn’t have a good baseline from last year when we struggled quite a bit, but, for once the car got stronger on reds (alternate tires) where we have been struggling here on blacks (primary tires) to generate grip. So, overall I was pretty happy with qualifying. I put a good lap in during Q1 (first round of qualifying) which put use solidly in for Q2. Then in Q2, I put a solid lap in again, unfortunately they sent Scott (Dixon) a little bit too late and we got within a second and a half behind him, which looks like it should not influence you, but there is so much downforce on the cars and so much turbulence behind, the slightest lack of downforce just kills your lap. So, the two, two and a half seconds I gained early in the lap, I lost in the last sector because I couldn’t stop the car. Frustrating, but overall pretty satisfied with the work that the team has done because Olivier (engineer Olivier Boisson) had to scratch his head and come up with ideas and solutions to try and get the car faster and he sure did that. So now we will see what kind of tire life we’ve got and what kind of pace we’ve got in the race because that is another question mark. Hopefully, we can get a good start tomorrow, get in the right train and see what we can get out the last race of the season.
Bourdais’ fastest time was a 01:16.