Bourdais and Mistic Machine Compete in Belle Isle at “Dual in Detroit”

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Jun 2, 2014 5:06:00 PM Comments

Bourdais and Mistic Machine at 2014 Belle Isle Indycar race

The now-annual trip to Detroit is one that many in the Indy Car series fans look forward to all year long. 

It’s also something of a homecoming for the American auto racing industry – not only to those running Chevy engines, but to all as the birthplace of automotive culture in the United States.

Running the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on the temporary 2.3 mile, 13-turn circuit at Belle Isle Park is becoming an integral part of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ iconic street courses.

Mistic Machine driver Sebastien Bourdais, who is making his 3rd and 4th starts on this circuit, was optimistic going in to the weekend after coming off two great finishes at Indy.

The Frenchman, who is one of the only two drivers to score four top-10s in the last four doubleheader races, looked forward to getting his Chevy Powered Mistic Ecigs/KVSH Racing Dallara, also known as the Mistic Machine, back on the race track. 

Race 1 Recap:

The kickoff to the 2-race weekend at Belle Isle is always exciting as teams prepare themselves for double duty.

After having two consistent practice sessions with a time that was almost two seconds off the pace, the team took a big swing at the car’s setup for the qualifying session, making a few adjustments to improve performance.

Advancing to the second round of qualifying, Bourdais landed himself and the Mistic Machine in the 7th starting position for the event.

After a struggling with the car’s setup for most of the race, the team was able to get it back before the end, mustering a 13th-position finish.

Race 2 Recap:

Wrapping up the long weekend on Sunday, the Mistic Ecigs/KVSH Racing Dallara was ready to roll out for qualifying Sunday morning.

Having made the decision to completely change the car setup due to the issues the team encountered the previous day in Race #1, the team was ready to take on the day.

While chasing Kanaan with 11 laps to go in the event, Bourdais locked up the left front tire and nosed the Mistic Machine into the tire barrier, leaving the 4-time champ with a 20th-place finish in the final race of the weekend.

Bourdais currently sits in 10th place in the Verizon IndyCar Series with 170 points. The team has their eyes on the coming weekend, when they head to the 1.5 mile oval at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth on June 6-7.

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