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Mistic Racing Team driver Sebastien Bourdais had his best finish in his last three IndyCar starts at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) this weekend, crossing the checkered flag four spots ahead of where he started from in this year’s Firestone 600.
Even with a “stop and go” penalty leaving the No. 11 car down a couple of laps, the four-time Series champ managed to secure a 14th place finish at TMS, Bourdais’ best in three years, previously finishing 20th in both 2013 and 2014.
“We definitely made progress since last year. The car was actually pretty good,” said Bourdais. “Toward the last part of the race we showed we had a good car. The last two stints were strong, but we had to make up two laps. We got very little out of a pretty good race and a solid race car.”
The 2015 Firestone 600 set a record for the fastest Verizon IndyCar Series race in the 19-year history of Texas Motor Speedway with an average speed of 191.940 miles per hour. Chip Ganassi Racing secured the top-two spots with winner Scott Dixon followed by teammate Tony Kanan, former KVSH Racing driver and 2013 Indy 500 winner. Team Penske rounded out the top-four Chevy finishers with Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya finishing third and fourth, respectively. The only Honda in the top five was Marco Andretti finishing fifth.
Bourdais earned 16 points this weekend and now sits seventh in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship standings with 244 points. The French-born driver earned five top-10 finishes this year with two top-five showings, including one win last weekend at the Dual in Detroit, where he raced the Mistic E Cigs car aka Mistic Machine to his first victory of the season.