Vasser Sullivan with Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 SealMaster Honda ended Bump Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the fastest Honda powered driver in fifth place after setting a four lap average of 228.090MPH to gain a place in today’s Firestone Fast nine for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
The result marks the completion of a remarkable comeback for the LeMans native following his accident here 12 months ago which forced him out of the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oi.
Bourdais has put that firmly behind him taking victory in the opening race of the season, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
Jimmy Vasser, James ‘Sulli’ Sullivan and Dale Coyne have given Bourdais the opportunity to challenge for the championship and indeed the pole position for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Sebass is one of only two Honda powered drivers in the Firestone Fast Nine, the other being Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon.
Speaking following his run on Bump Day, Bourdais who is currently in third place in the Verizon IndyCar Series points race commented by saying:
It was a solid run for the SealMaster Honda No. 18. Very conservative, obviously. I kind of owed it to myself, my wife, everybody on the team. A lot of things went through my head, particularly yesterday. We were back in qualifying trim and it was not an easy day, but the guys did a great job and the car was pretty strong. We almost did a repeat of yesterday during the qualifying run today. It was a tough set of circumstances. The conditions were a little tricky. Just before we were supposed to go out, it rains. Then it got hot. You go from 80 degrees of track temp to 105, six to eight degrees more of ambient. It was tough to hit the setup right with the conditions that changed so fast, but we had the right amount of downforce. The car was pretty solid, so very happy with the run.