Bourdais Caps Off Successful Weekend With A Sixth Place Finish
Sebastien Bourdais followed up his great qualifying performance on Saturday by bringing Dale Coyne Racing its best finish of the 2011 season with a sixth place finish in the 26th running of the Honda Indy Grand Prix Toronto on Sunday.
Even though the final box score will show Bourdais gaining only one position in the race, the 31-year old Frenchman drove a masterful race in the #19 Boy Scouts of America car. He not only posted the third fastest lap (103.290 mph) of the race, but also made the most passes under the green flag during the race.
“I am very happy with the way everything went for the #19 Boy Scouts of America car this weekend,” said Bourdais. “To finish sixth is a great reward for all the hard work the Dale Coyne Racing put in this weekend. After we made some changes to the car on Saturday, we were able to find the speed we have been looking for all year. We will take this momentum into Edmonton in two weeks and try for a podium finish.”
Bourdais worked his way up to fourth place 27 laps into the race and was one of five cars that hadn’t made a pit stop yet when the first caution of the day came out, forcing him to pit under the yellow. That caused him to give up valuable track position and dropped him all the way back to 19th place. With 33 laps remaining in the race Bourdais was running 16th following his last pit stop of the day, but with one of the quickest cars on the track, he moved his way up through the field and a sixth place finish.
“Sebastian drove a great race today,” said owner Dale Coyne. “The luck of the yellows helped a lot of people and hurt us today. We deserved a podium here, but are pleased with the performance gains we have made this weekend.”
James Jakes may have thought he was driving a bumper car rather than a race car as the 23-year old rookie was bumped not once, not twice, but three times on Sunday. But Jakes showed a veteran mentality out on the track and managed to stay in the race to finish an impressive 18th.
“It was a bit disappointing for me because we had a really great car today,” said Jakes. “It seemed like some of the drivers were a little more aggressive entering and exiting some of the turns today. The #18 Acorn Stairlifts team did another outstanding job today giving me a fast car. I think the team is on a roll and I’m looking forward to racing at Edmonton.”
By: dale coyne racing