AJ Foyt Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.14 ROKiT Chevrolet enjoyed a strong Honda Indy 200 presented by HPD Ridgeline at the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course on Sunday. Starting the race from 12th place, the Frenchman came home in eleventh place just missing out on a place in the top ten but showed good speed throughout the 80 lap race.
Bourdais was a little disappointed with the race saying:
“Not an awesome day for the 14 ROKiT Chevrolet. “It seemed like it might have been something to play for, but unfortunately got a penalty for blocking, which I’m not sure I agree with. That cost us two positions in a game of track position, so very difficult to make anything from there. Then we got caught up behind Jimmie (Johnson) for a long time and that cost us a lot of time.”
Bourdais went on to say:
“The last stint was pretty painful on the used reds so I finally had to give up against Takuma (Sato), but at least we got something out of it – eleventh place – not super exciting but better than nothing. Let’s move on to the next one,” Bourdais concluded.
Dalton Kellett in the No.4 K Line Insulators Chevrolet finished the race where he started which was in 21st place and speaking following the action he commented saying:
“First of all, Happy July 4th everyone!”. “We just had Canada Day and now it’s July 4th so it’s a good fun weekend of celebrating and what better way to do it than being here at Mid-Ohio for race day? It was fun racing, a little bit of action off the start. I got tagged from behind and got a little bit of damage to the underwing, so we were kind of struggling a bit.”
Kellett had a guest spotter on his timing stand with JR Hildebrand who raced for AJ Foyt Racing in May’s Indianapolis 500 serving as his spotter.
The Canadian went on to say:
“It was okay on Firestone reds, “but on blacks with that lack of the downforce and lack of grip on those harder tires, it kind of just really hurt our pace and that stint cycled us back. We were running on our own but with that pace we lost some spots that we had gained off the start so that was a little frustrating. When there’s a melee like that, sometimes you’re just lucky to get through and we just kind of squeaked through that one quite closely. Happy to get through that and be able finish the race and bring home a little bit of points. The stops were good, guys were good in pit lane so we’re happy that we had good performance in the pits with the K-Line Insulators No. 4 crew.
“We get to have a little bit of time off between now and our next race. We’ve got a test coming up at Gateway and then we’ll be on track in Nashville for the first time in the Music City Grand Prix, so that’s super exciting.”