IndyCar fans got to witness a no-holds-barred, record-setting 500-mile race this weekend at Southern California’s Auto Club Speedway.
With 80 lead changes among 14 drivers, the action-packed 2015 MAVTV 500 culminated in a final five-lap shootout after a red flag collision between Will Power’s No. 1 Team Penske Chevy and Takuma Sato’s No. 14 AJ Foyt Racing Honda.
A spectacular crash involving Ryan Briscoe and Ryan Hunter-Reay on the final lap enabled Graham Rahal, driving the No. 15 Mi-Jack Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, to win the race under caution.
KVSH Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais, driving the Mistic Ecigs No. 11 car (a.k.a. the Mistic Machine) finished the race one spot ahead of where he qualified, bringing him to seventh place in the championship standings for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series.
“It was a very tough day for the Mistic KVSH Racing team,” said Bourdais. “Every time we would begin to move up we started to have overheating issues. It was frustrating for sure, but the Mistic boys hung tough. In the end, we managed to salvage some points, so that is a good thing.”
Bourdais did make solid advances during the 250-lap race, working his way up to ninth place at one point, but got locked out due to drivers pitting in front of him.
Sebastien earned 16 points for his 14th place finish Saturday on the oval racetrack. The French-born, four-time Series champ has earned six top-10 finishes this year with three top-5 showings and one win in Detroit.
Fans can see Bourdais race again in the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 starting July 11 at the Milwaukee Mile in West Ellis, WI.
Follow all the racing action on NBCSN and XM Satellite Radio Ch. 209, as well as IMS IndyCar Radio Affiliates.
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