Sebastien Bourdais, KVSH Racing
The cast: Race engineer – Olivier Boisson. Race strategist – Jimmy Vasser. Chief mechanic – Ernie Barrameda.
Twitter: @BourdaisOnTrack, @kvracing
The car: No. 11 Chevrolet (Hydroxycut and Mistic primary sponsors)
The driver: Turned 36 on Feb. 29 … Was born in Le Mans, France – home of one famous endurance race – and lives in St. Petersburg, Fla., with his wife and two children.
Season finish: Placed 10th in Verizon IndyCar Series standings for the second year in a row in his second season with the team (Kevin Kalkhoven, Vasser and James Sullivan the principals).
Season stats: Bourdais won the back end of the doubleheader at Belle Isle in May (started ninth) and at The Milwaukee Mile in July (started 11th). He added top-five finishes on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course (fourth) and Toronto street circuit (fifth). ... He was running at the finish in 14 of the 16 races (contact at New Orleans and Pocono) and completed 2,059 of the 2,232 laps this season. ... He led five races for total of 145 laps, including 118 of the 250 at Milwaukee, for 2,433 laps led in 64 career races. ... He qualified in the top 10 in 11 of the 16 races, with a best start of third at Mid-Ohio. ... Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Stefano Coletti (one top 10; 19th in points) was his teammate.
Year over year: 2015 best qualifying third at Mid-Ohio (9.9 average), best finish first at Belle Isle 2 and Milwaukee (10.9 average). 2014 best qualifying first (9.8 average), best finish first (11.3 average).
Video: Bourdais talks about his season
The gist: Bourdais is a four-time Champ Car champion (2004, ’05, ’06, ’07) who has won 34 Indy car races. He is tied with Al Unser Jr. for seventh on the all-time list. … He is tied with Dario Franchitti for seventh with 33 poles. ... He has won at least one race in seven Indy car seasons; 2007 was a high mark with eight victories. Eighteen of his victories have been from the pole. ... Bourdais has been running at the finish in 115 of his 147 starts. He will pass Scott Brayton, Rodger Ward Eddie Cheever Jr., Michel Jourdain Jr., Patrick Carpentier, Bill Vukovich Jr. and Gil de Ferran in starts in 2016. ... He has started 53 consecutive races. ... Bourdais started 2015 by co-driving to a second-place overall finish in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and then co-drove to victory in the 12 Hours of Sebring. Last weekend, he helped Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi to first place in the Prototype class of the rain-shortened Petit Le Mans to clinch the class championship for the second consecutive year. Bourdais also is co-driving a Walkinshaw Racing entry in the V8 Supercars PIRTEK Enduro Cup. The second round is this weekend at Bathurst, Australia.
The chart (below):
Looking at how Bourdais finished relative to his qualifying position in the 16 races: