“I thought the strategy was a mess!” says winner Bourdais

KVSH Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais has admitted he was confused by the team’s strategy on the way to victory in the first race in the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit.

“I thought the strategy was a mess!” says winner Bourdais
Race winner Sébastien Bourdais, KV Racing Technology Chevrolet
Sébastien Bourdais, KV Racing Technology Chevrolet pit action
Sébastien Bourdais, KV Racing Technology Chevrolet takes the checkered flag
Sébastien Bourdais, KV Racing Technology Chevrolet pit action
Podium: race winner Sébastien Bourdais, KV Racing Technology Chevrolet, second place Conor Daly, Dale Coyne Racing Honda, third place Juan Pablo Montoya, Team Penske Chevrolet
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An elated Bourdais said: “The car was obviously really quick and all we needed was clean air to come back from that pretty average qualifying. I could only dream of that.

“But I don’t even know how we got here! We just ran like stink most of the race and it worked out, so I couldn't be any happier for Chevrolet and [sponsor] Hydroxycut today.”

Bourdais, who pitted as early as lap 3 to ditch the soft red-walled Firestones, which all drivers agreed were degrading too quick on the Detroit track, said that initially, everyone pitting together had counted against him .

“I think our strategy would have worked even better if we hadn’t pitted with everybody else because we ended up just pretty much where we were before and I couldn't pass Gabby [Chaves].

"For a long time I really thought the strategy was a total mess and it was never going to work! But when we finally got some clean air then I could start to click off some quick lap times and make it happen.”

Bourdais, who started only 13th said he believed he could repeat with victory in the second race tomorrow, stating: “I can only hope for good conditions and hopefully a better qualifying session because I think if we put that No. 11 car up front, it's going to be tough to beat."

 

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