The 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 had a little something for everyone, including clean racing, many, many lead changes, and a dramatic finish.
The Mistic Machine was no exception. In a race where starting at the front of the pack is crucial, driver Sebastien Bourdais took the No. 11 car, co-sponsored by Mistic Ecigs, from a 17th starting position to 7th posting – a career best finish in the race for the Frenchman.
A red flag flew with 8 laps to go after Townsend Bell crashed into the wall in turn 2, cranking up the anticipation and resulting in several lead changes and the second-tightest gap in Indy 500 history, just 0.60 seconds.
It was the Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay who edged out the 3-time Indy 500 winner, Helio Castroneves, to kiss the bricks and have his face on the Borg Warner trophy at the end of the day.
Bourdais patiently worked his way through the field, securing the KVSH Racing team their second consecutive top-10 finish.
Having only raced in four Indy 500s, the 35-year-old native of Le Mans, France, was pleased with his own and his team’s performance throughout the duration of the 200-lap race, where speeds consistently averaged over 200mph.
The 7th-place finish resulted in double points for the driver, putting him in a great position for the next race. The 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series will continue on Saturday, May 31st with a dual race in Detroit, Michigan at historic Belle Isle Park, appropriately titled the “Chevrolet Dual in Detroit.”
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