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KVSH Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais secured his eighth top-5 finish of his career yesterday on the streets of Ontario, Canada’s capital city. This placed him fifth at the 2015 Honda Indy Toronto, and moved him to sixth in the championship standings for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series.
The four-time Series champ won last year’s race, one of two career wins in Toronto, and has the most laps led of any driver in yesterday’s field with 188. Bourdais made it to the Firestone Fast Six on Saturday, qualifying P5, bringing his total of top-5 starts in Toronto to nine.
We got a lot of valuable points and another top-five finish. Now we move on and try to get the oval season off on the right foot.
“It was a solid day,” said Bourdais after the race. “Obviously it felt like we deserved a better finish than fifth. We probably should've pitted at the beginning of the window the first time, but we got a lot of valuable points and another top-five finish. Now we move on and try to get the oval season off on the right foot.”
Bourdais held second and third place positions during the race, even battling pole sitter Will Power on several laps, but the early pit and getting stuck behind Team Andretti’s Carlos Munoz held back Bourdais from a podium finish.
Early rain kept the 85-lap, 1.755-mile street circuit wet and damp, although the race had only two cautions for nine laps. After seven lead changes among six drivers, Josef Newgarden, who started 11th in the No. 67 Hartman Oil Chevrolet, crossed the checkered flag first followed by teammate Luca Filippi. Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves and Will Power, finished third and fourth, respectively.
The “bespectacled badass” now heads to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. to run the Mistic E Cigs’ Mistic Machine in round 11 of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series at the MAV TV 500. Qualifications for the 250-lap, 2-mile oval starts Friday, June 26, and can be seen on NBCSN and listened to on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s channel 209.
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