Round 15 Madison

  • Bourdais Runs Second for Honda in St. Louis Qualifying

    Sebastien Bourdais led the Honda field today at World Wide Technology Raceway in qualifying for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500.


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Bourdais Runs Second for Honda in St. Louis Qualifying

World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway - Madison, August 23, 2019

  • Sebastien Bourdais Qualifies Second at World Wide Technology Raceway
  • Teammate Santino Ferrucci leads rookie field, will start sixth
  • Honda drivers claim seven of top 10 qualifying spots

MADISON, Ill. (August 23, 2019) – Sebastien Bourdais led the Honda field today at World Wide Technology Raceway in qualifying for Saturday night’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500.  The outside front row start is the best of the 2019 season for the veteran Bourdais and his best qualifying performance at 1.25-mile WWT oval, located just outside of St. Louis. 

Takuma Sato rebounded from his opening-lap crash last week at Pocono Raceway to qualify fifth in his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda with Bourdais’ Dale Coyne Racing teammate, Santino Ferrucci, leading the rookie field at WWT Raceway with the sixth-fastest qualifying run.

The fourth row of the 22-car starting field will be headed by the Honda of James Hinchcliffe in seventh, with championship contender Scott Dixon lining up eighth.  Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay will start ninth, with Felix Rosenqvist rounding out the top 10 in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.

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Sebastien Bourdais (DCR with Vasser-Sullivan Racing Honda) Qualified second:

 

“A front-row start, we’ll definitely take it.  This [track] is like ‘full commitment’, feeling out the car [on the warmup lap] and the tires, and then just really ‘working it’ on the timed laps.  You’ve got to trust your car, and you’ve really got to ‘send it’ into the corners, it's a lot of commitment.  The consequences [of a mistake] are pretty high, too.  It’s not like you’re going around at 120 mph [here].  Average speed is 185, 186 mph.  That means we’re entering Turn One at Two-oh-something (200+ mph).  It’s substantial, but I really enjoy it.” 

Results

IndyCar Series 2019
Round 15: Madison Qualifying

Rank Driver (Team)
1 Josef Newgarden (Team Penske)
2 Sebastien Bourdais (Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan)
3 Will Power (Team Penske)
4 Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske)
5 Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)
6 Santino Ferrucci (Dale Coyne Racing)
7 James Hinchcliffe (Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)
8 Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing)
9 Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)
10 Felix Rosenqvist (Chip Ganassi Racing)
11 Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport)
12 Colton Herta (Harding Steinbrenner Racing)
14 Marcus Ericsson (Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)
15 Zach Veach (Andretti Autosport)
16 Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)
22 Marco Andretti (Andretti Herta With Marco & Curb-Agajanian)

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