This past weekend we raced on the streets of Long Beach for the 42nd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach; the third stop of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series. A new partnership with California Baptist University’s College of Engineering sported a new livery for this weekend’s race. The CBU Machine brought another Top-10 finish home this season following an 8th place finish in Phoenix.
“It was a tough day at the office. I am very proud of the California Baptist University – KVSH Racing crew…everything well done in the race. It is just a shame. Yesterday (qualifying) didn’t really put us in the position to contend any higher than we finished. The car was pretty good today. We made some big moves and passed six cars in total, moved up five positions. I am just proud of the guys. We just did a good job. There were no yellows (caution flags) and not many more opportunities to move higher than what we did. So, kind of disappointed that we finished ninth at Long Beach, but happy that we took ninth under the circumstances.”
- Bourdais drove the No. 11 California Baptist University – KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone in today’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
- In the first three races of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season, Bourdais has finished in the top-10 twice, eighth at Phoenix to go with today’s ninth place showing. Finished 21st in the season opener in St. Petersburg.
- The 2016 Long Beach Grand Prix was Bourdais’ 150th career Verizon IndyCar Series start, 37th with KVSH Racing and 11th on the streets of Long Beach.
- In his 11 starts at Long Beach, Bourdais has now finished in the top-10 six times, with four podiums including three consecutive victories (2005 – 2007).
- Bourdais is one of two drivers to win the Long Beach Grand Prix at least three consecutive times. Al Unser Jr. won four in a row from 1988 – 1991.
- Bourdais is contesting his 11th Verizon IndyCar Series season and third with KVSH Racing
- In 150 career IndyCar starts, Bourdais has won 34 races and taken 33 pole positions, tying him for seventh on the all-time list in each category.
- Bourdais is the only driver to win four consecutive IndyCar championships, taking the title in 2004 – 2007 (Champ Car World Series).
- Bourdais contested 27 Formula One races (2008-2009)
- Bourdais, 37, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Round four of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season will be the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at the beautiful Barber Motorsports Park, April 24th.
TV Broadcast: Live NBC Sports Network at 3:00 p.m. ET
Radio Broadcast: XM 209 and IMS IndyCar Radio
Online: IndyCar.com and Verizon IndyCar 16 app
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