Sebastien Bourdais Tag

By INDYCAR INDIANAPOLIS – Two things were evident following completion of the third practice day for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge: Ed Carpenter Racing’s cars look solid and Fernando Alonso is in dire need of track time. Ed Jones posted the fastest overall lap of 227.843 mph in Thursday’s practice cut short 90 minutes by thunderstorms and lightning. The driver of the No. 63 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet also had the best lap while running on his own, a lap of 225.274 mph as ECR’s driversRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer LEXINGTON, Ohio– The GT Le Mans and GT Daytona class pole position battles came down to a fight for optimal track conditions and Sebastien Bourdais and Richard Heistand played that game perfectly to earn pole positions for their respective classes ahead of Sunday’s Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Bourdais piloted his No. 66 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT around to a fastest lap of 1 minute, 19.124 seconds around the 2.258 mile permanent road course toRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer LEXINGTON, Ohio– Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course could have easily been renamed Mud-Ohio after rain kept hitting the track and the surrounding grass parking lots all throughout Friday morning and into the early Friday afternoon but the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship maintained their schedule on the first day of the Acura Sports Car Challenge, the first normal round of the 2019 season. With Friday’s morning practice conducted entirely in the wet, only 22 cars turned complete laps out of 36 on the entry list. Juan Pablo MontoyaRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer LONG BEACH, California– Dirk Mueller had it all, except for maybe a pint or two of fuel. The BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach was coming to a close and the German driver was second in the GT Le Mans class in the third round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The No. 66 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT came out of Turn 8 on the final lap trying to catch eventual GTLM class winner Earl Bamber’s No. 912 Porsche but with noRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer LONG BEACH, California– The BUBBA Burger Grand Prix at Long Beach had a two hour practice session early on Friday morning for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship where the 19-car field basically acted as street sweepers for the first official on track action of the weekend on the 11-turn, 1.968 mile street circuit. Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani led the first practice session in the No. 31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi. That was a good showing for the car that won this year’s Mobil 1Read More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer LONG BEACH, California – The City of Long Beach recognized two active NTT IndyCar Series drivers Sebastien Bourdais and Will Power as both of their legacies in the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach were solidified Thursday as they’ve been inducted into the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame. Since 2006, the Walk of Fame have recognized motorsports greats from different generations such as Mario Andretti, Dario Franchitti, Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, and Al Unser, Jr. However, unlike previous editions, the city inducted active competitors inRead More

Posted On April 8, 2019By Christopher DeHardeIn Breaking News, Headline News, IndyCar

Alternate Strategy Nets Third for Bourdais

By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer BIRMINGHAM, Alabama– An originally-planned two-stop strategy was Sebastien Bourdais’ best chance to win Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park for the NTT IndyCar Series. At least, that’s what his race engineer Craig Hampson thought. “We probably aren’t going to win the race just doing the same thing as everybody else so let’s try to do something different and win the race,” said Hampson. Team owner Dale Coyne said to the team that Bourdais was committed to running the strategy and theRead More
By INDYCAR BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Takuma Sato drove flawlessly – almost – to win the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst and throw his name firmly into the NTT IndyCar Series championship conversation. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver made Scott Dixon a Barber Motorsports Park bridesmaid for a record sixth time, beating the reigning series champion to the finish line by 2.3874 seconds. It was the fourth win of Sato’s 10-year NTT IndyCar Series career, with the 42-year-old from Tokyo becoming the third different driver –Read More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – “It’s tough out there,” Graham Rahal said after making his second-place qualifying run for Sunday’s running of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park. Those four words can sum up just how treacherous the challenging 2.3-mile, 17-turn natural terrain road course has been this weekend for almost every driver in the field. From drivers making off-track excursions into the gravel traps and tire barriers in nearly every practice session to the major teams stumbling in qualifying on Saturday, theRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – The opening day of NTT IndyCar Series practice for this weekend’s running of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park was a bit treacherous, to say the least. With overcast skies and rain threatening during the first of two scheduled practice sessions, several drivers found themselves making off track excursions on the mix of wet and dry pavement around the 2.3-mile, 17-turn road course, bringing out a number of red flags in the process. When all was said andRead More