Four-time Series champ Sebastien Bourdais captured his eighth top-10 finish of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season on Saturday evening, finishing 9th at the Iowa Corn 300 after starting the race at the back of the 24-car grid.
Coming off an impressive victory at the “Milwaukee Mile” last weekend, the “bespectacled badass” put on another driving display at Iowa Speedway during the 300-lap race, adding six laps-led to his season tally of 145.
The French-born Florida resident earned his best finish in three starts at Iowa, despite an incident in turn 2 of lap 2 during qualifying that put the No. 11 car into the wall.
“It was a really good effort from the Mistic E Cigs Chevy team,” said KVSH Racing’s Bourdais. “You have to feel good about going from 24th to ninth and the fact that over the last two races we have really improved the car and our performance on ovals, but to get up to sixth and end up ninth, that's always tough.”
Bourdais was able to navigate the .894-mile oval moving the Mistic E Cigs No. 11 car aka Mistic Machine to as high as sixth, ultimately finishing 15 spots ahead of where he qualified. In the end, it was an all-American finish with Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay crossing the checkered flag first, followed by Josef Newgarden of CFH Racing and rookie Sage Karam of Chip Ganassi Racing closing third.
Bourdais earned 23 points in Iowa and remains sixth in the championship standings with 366 points, just 37 points out of second.
Fans can watch Bourdais race again in round 14 of the IndyCar Series at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 2, 2015.
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