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Piloted by four-time Series champ Sebastien Bourdais, KVSH Racing’s No. 11 superspeedway car will feature the HAUS Personal Vaporizer by Mistic logo, along with an updated black and white “shattered” theme highlighted by green and red accents.
The French-born “bespectacled badass” qualified P7 for this year’s big race with a four-lap average speed of 225.193 mph. Last year, Bourdais started P17, finishing an impressive 7th in the 200-lap contest held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“The balance was alright and it was just a matter of being more consistent and gaining a little bit of speed,” said Bourdais after qualifying. “We didn’t expect the speed I ran, so I can’t be any happier with the way qualifying turned out. Hats off to the HAUS PV crew, they did a really good job preparing the car.”
Qualifying for the 2015 Indy 500 was a spectacle indeed with three sensational crashes over the five-day period that led IndyCar officials to reevaluate pole selection. Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden and Ed Carpenter all driving Chevys with new aero kits went airborne in dramatic fashion. These high-profile crashes resulted in race control eliminating the pole shootout and requiring teams to reduce horsepower and only use race setups instead of qualifying trim.
Mistic E Cigs has been the only vapor company to co-sponsor a car running in both the 2014 and 2015 Indianapolis 500 races. The Charlotte-based independent e cig company is co-primary sponsor of the No. 11 car in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series.
“We are making history for the second year in a row with Seb behind the wheel as our HAUS Personal Vaporizer by Mistic logo will adorn the No. 11 car at this year’s Indy 500,” said John Wiesehan Jr., CEO of Mistic. “HAUS has become our top-selling brand as more adult vapers are switching to e cigs and vapor products while looking for choice and flexibility with their vaping experiences.”