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MessageSujet: Re: Bourdais 2017   Mer 16 Aoû 2017 - 16:28



Sébastien Bourdais‏@BourdaisOnTrack
Some of you might wonder why I was in Indy today... Well, I had the final appointment with Doc and guess what? All clear, let's go racing!

Bourdais reçoit le feu vert des médecins pour un retour


Sébastien Bourdais a fait savoir que les médecins l'avaient autorisé à reprendre la compétition. Le Français va ainsi pouvoir faire son retour en IndyCar, même si la date de son retour est encore imprécise pour le moment.

Sébastien Bourdais avait été victime d'une violente sortie de piste en mai dernier, lors des qualifications des 500 Miles d'Indianapolis. 
Un accident effrayant où l'impact avait été mesuré à 118 G et qui avait provoqué de multiples fractures, notamment au bassin et à la hanche. 
Rapidement opéré, Bourdais avait passé cinq jours à l'hôpital avant d'entamer sa rééducation.
Initialement, le pilote du Dale Coyne Racing aurait dû manquer la totalité de la suite de la saison, mais sa convalescence éclair lui a permis de faire son retour dans le cockpit d'une IndyCar dès le mois dernier, lors d'une séance d'essais à Mid-Ohio.


Dans un tweet publié la nuit dernière, une nouvelle étape a été franchie en vue de son retour, puisque Bourdais a indiqué qu'il avait le feu vert des médecins pour reprendre la compétition. 
Son retour pourrait avoir lieu en septembre, pour les manches de Waktins Glen et Sonoma, puisque Bourdais avait prévenu qu'il ne participerait pas à des courses sur ovale d'ici la fin de l'année.

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MessageSujet: Re: Bourdais 2017   Jeu 24 Aoû 2017 - 8:38

Bourdais to return to INDYCAR racing…at Gateway!



Plainfield, IL (August 23, 2017) – Less than 14 weeks after being sidelined following his scary qualifying incident at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sebastien Bourdais is returning behind the wheel of the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing entry at this weekend’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline at Gateway Motorsports Park.
Bourdais, who suffered multiple fractures to his pelvis and right hip in the incident, made an incredible recovery from his injuries and is returning sooner than anticipated to take part in the final three races of the season.
“You have no idea how excited I am to be getting back in the car this weekend and for the remainder of the season,” expressed Bourdais, who won the season opening race in his hometown of St. Petersburg earlier this year. “It’s been a long 14 weeks and I’ve worked very hard to get to this point. Following the crash, I had one goal in mind and that was to be back for Sonoma, and here I am getting back in the car with three races to go. It’s a bit unbelievable but I can’t wait to try out that new surface at Gateway this weekend!”
With Bourdais’ return to the cockpit, it means that rookie Esteban Gutierrez will be stepping aside to allow the Frenchman to get back in the car, as planned.
“It’s been a very interesting few months for me getting to race in the Verizon IndyCar Series on the street circuits, road courses and especially ovals,” shared Gutierrez. “I want to thank the team and Dale Coyne for giving me this opportunity to gain this experience in view of a full-time program in the Verizon IndyCar Series next year. My goal was to learn as much as possible in order to be ready for 2018 where a new car will be introduced. This experience with the team will pay dividends next season.”
Team Owner Dale Coyne added: “It’s great to have Sebastien back, but I want to thank Esteban for the amazing job he did filling in for him these last few months. It wasn’t easy for him coming in and having never driven an Indy car, but he did a fantastic job especially on the ovals. For someone that had never driven on an oval track before Iowa in July, he impressed a lot of people including myself. Hopefully we get to work with him again in the future.”
Bourdais will be on track starting Friday, August 25 at 4 p.m. for the first practice session. With only 60 minutes of practice, there won’t be a lot of time for Bourdais, along with teammate Ed Jones, to get up to speed ahead of qualifying, which takes place later that evening at 6:30 p.m.


http://www.gatewaymsp.com/bourdais-to-return-to-indycar-racing-at-gateway/
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MessageSujet: Re: Bourdais 2017   Dim 27 Aoû 2017 - 21:35

Bourdais scores top ten on IndyCar return


Everyone was surprised to hear that Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais would make his Verizon IndyCar Series return on Saturday night’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline. A result of that surprise was likely a lack of expectations about just how well he would do, especially given the apparent drag disadvantage Honda’s short-oval aero package has.
Bourdais qualified a conservative, albeit solid 19th to knock the dust off, but the race was expected to be a considerable challenge for the driver of the No. 18 UNIFIN Honda.
Yet, while Bourdais’ run on Saturday was a quiet one, he nonetheless drove a clean race aamid tricky conditions that caught out the likes of  Will Power, Tony Kanaan, Ed Carpenter, and Takuma Sato early on.
Bourdais slowly moved forward throughout the Saturday night affair and, at the checkered flag, he found himself in tenth, a more than solid result on his first race back.
Bourdais described afterward that the restarts were a complicated affair for him, and he nearly crashed on multiple occasions.
“It wasn’t an easy race. We knew the car wasn’t perfect and I had some really complicated restarts. I don’t know what was going on, but I got loose three times and I almost stuffed it, and so I went to the back of the pack,” Bourdais said of his near-misses.
Still, Bourdais and the team got stronger as the race went on, and through a stretch of good pit stops and a strong final restart, managed to sneak into the top ten.
“The guys did a really good job in the pits and got us back in contention there at the end. I finally had a good restart and a couple of wobbles in front of me and I benefitted from it. I’m just really happy with my top 10. It’s a good way to salvage something this weekend.”
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MessageSujet: Re: Bourdais 2017   Sam 2 Sep 2017 - 0:35

WATKINS GLEN DEMANDS FITNESS FROM DRIVERS

WATKINS GLEN– The historic and challenging Watkins Glen International, with its high-speed corners and elevation changes, tests the limits of even the fittest Verizon IndyCar Series driver.
Tackling the undulating 11-turn, 3.37-mile circuit in upper New York State after a long layoff due to injury might not strike fear in the heart of Sebastien Bourdais, but the task certainly commands his respect.
“The Glen is very high-grip track and a physical one for us in an Indy car, so I don't expect it to be easy, but I think I should be able to manage hopefully,” said Bourdais, who started his first race at Gateway Motorsport Park on Aug. 26 after recovering from a May accident in qualifying for the Indianapolis 500.
“I think the slowest corner at the Glen is 90 mph, so it's really just high commitment, high speeds, high G’s and high steering effort pretty much everywhere. For sure, the right-hander after the Bus Stop going down the hill is almost flat if your car is perfect and it lasts a long time. So it's high load, but it's more the accumulation than one specific corner that gets you.”
Bourdais feels he's back to about 90 percent in general physically, but that goes up to around 95 percent in the car. The four-time Indy car champion plans to use some padding and make other small adjustments in the cockpit to help him contend with the high G-forces.
“It should be fairly easy to find a compromise that's workable and that I don't have to feel I am giving up performance in the car,” said the No. 18 UNIFIN Honda driver for Dale Coyne Racing.
“I have to get back into the groove anyways and physically, like heart-wise and cardio-wise, I am pretty good, it's just obviously all the little muscles, the forearms, the neck and things like that where it's always difficult to know where you are at.”
While Bourdais is getting back to work after sustaining fractures to his hip and pelvis in the May crash, rookie Jack Harvey (left) faces a different challenge. The six-time Indy Lights winner signed a two-race deal with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports to run the No. 7 AutoNation Honda at Watkins Glen and the season-ending GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sept. 17.
The only time Harvey started a Verizon IndyCar Series race was the 101st Indianapolis 500 in May, where he was caught up in another driver's accident and retired after 65 laps. Jumping into an Indy car at a track that pushes drivers’ strength and conditioning to the limit certainly isn't something he's taking lightly, either.
“I would be lying if I said it wasn't something I was worried about,” said Harvey, adding he hasn’t driven on a road course in a year.
“I'm hoping it's like riding a bike and muscle memory and all that jazz, but honestly I've tried to stay as prepared as possible and I've done some simulator days, so I feel pretty prepared for this opportunity.”
Harvey expects to be “a little sore,” especially after today’s practice sessions. He feels his neck will take the most punishment. Stepping up his physical fitness program in preparation for the race will help, he insisted, but nothing compares to the G forces exerted on the body in the cockpit.
“I think it’s just getting back in the car and letting it happen naturally — it's hard to force these things,” Harvey said. “This race will push the cobwebs off, as it were, and hopefully I'll be more physically ready for Sonoma because I will have actually driven the car as opposed to being physically ready now but not having driven the car.”
Bourdais agreed, saying that the mental and physical short oval training from a week ago went a long way to preparing him for this weekend at one of the most demanding circuits on the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.
“I think I got a good workout at Gateway. The car was not easy to drive, steering effort was pretty high, for sure, so towards the end of the race it was not easy. But I think I'll be OK. I wasn't particularly tired,” he said.
“At the end of the day, the short oval at the speeds we are doing them means you have to hit your marks and be right on the money. I think it was a good thing that I got back for Gateway because it will help me both physically and mentally to be ready for Watkins Glen.”

Practice continues at 3:05 p.m. ET today, with knockout qualifying set for 3 p.m. Saturday. Both will stream live on RaceControl.IndyCar.com. Live coverage of the 60-lap race starts at 1 p.m. Sunday on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.
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MessageSujet: Re: Bourdais 2017   Dim 3 Sep 2017 - 19:10

WARM-UP WATKINS-GLEN


That'll do it for morning warm-up from @WGI@DaleCoyneRacing's @BourdaisOnTrack on top of the speed charts! 
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MessageSujet: Re: Bourdais 2017   Jeu 28 Sep 2017 - 18:47



Road Atlanta

Absent au Mans, Sébastien Bourdais retrouvera sa place sur la Ford GT n°66, sur laquelle il prêtera main forte à Joey Hand et Dirk Müller. 
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MessageSujet: Re: Bourdais 2017   Sam 6 Jan 2018 - 10:05

Podcast: Who The Hell Are You, Sebastien Bourdais?


http://www.racer.com/more/racer-stuff/item/146404-podcast-who-the-hell-are-you-sebastien-bourdais

RACER: Roar Day 1 recap with Pruett and Bourdais
http://www.racer.com/imsa/item/146604-racer-roar-day-1-recap-with-pruett-and-bourdais

RACER: IMSA Roar Day 2 Recap with Pruett and Bourdais
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJYL_gTraSQ

Il a failli mourir en 2017 : le pilote Sébastien Bourdais tire le bilan de son année

https://www.francebleu.fr/infos/medias-people/le-pilote-sarthois-sebastien-bourdais-tire-le-bilan-apres-son-terrible-accident-1514448977

Sébastien Bourdais revient sur sa période de convalescence


https://fr.motorsport.com/indycar/news/bourdais-convalescence-crash-indy-993260/
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MessageSujet: Re: Bourdais 2017   Mar 9 Jan 2018 - 7:12




















Final check of seat, belts and pedals for @BourdaisOnTrack before heading on track @sebringraceway tomorrow







https://twitter.com/marshallpruett/status/950790367984672768?t=1&cn=ZmxleGlibGVfcmVjcw%3D%3D&refsrc=email&iid=72e1b8db9ba141b1baf92620ece8be7b&uid=883579097087168516&nid=244+281088000
http://www.racer.com/indycar/item/146663-racer-video-indycar-testing-day-1-at-sebring#!Image389

2018 IndyCar 'a very different animal' - Bourdais

Team testing of the new 2018 IndyCar aero kit got underway Tuesday at Sebring International Raceway, with teams permitted five hours of testing per day. Dale Coyne Racing and Andretti Autosport tested their Honda-powered cars Tuesday, with Chip Ganassi Racing joining in on Wednesday. For DCR's Sebastien Bourdais, however, time in the car was limited by a variety of electrical gremlins.
"New-car problems – new data system, new everything on the car, new aero – just got to work out the kinks of everything," Bourdais told RACER's Marshall Pruett.
"The guys did a really good job on the car – everything functions, the dash works, we're just not really getting values and stuff like that. So it's just calibration – which unfortunately you can only start working on once you hit the track, hence the extra five hours that we're getting from IndyCar."


Bourdais could tell from the laps he did run, though, that there would be a lot of work ahead for him and his team to get the car to his liking.
"It's definitely a very different animal from what we've had the last three years. We're going to have rethink a lot of setups – it's very rear-ride height sensitive, so as soon as you hit the brakes and the rear gets up you lose a lot of rear downforce and the thing starts moving around. It's just going to be something different and that's always an opportunity to rethink and re-invent the wheel. I've got Olivier [Boisson] and Craig [Hampson, engineers] thinking and working hard at it, so we'll find solutions, it's just going to take a little bit of time.
"Hopefully we get through as much as we can so the next time we hit the track on one of our three private test days, we can really start getting data and start analyzing what's going on. Because these days, as fine as the cars are, if you don't get data you know you can rely on, it makes things very difficult. The driver's feel isn't really enough – I can only tell them what the car is doing but you need to understand why it's doing that, and it's related to the aero map and everything. So it's going to be exciting, but it's going to be a lot of work."


Zachary Claman DeMelo (pilote Canadien de Montreal) en test IndyCar avec Dale Coyne Racing

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MessageSujet: Re: Bourdais 2017   Mer 10 Jan 2018 - 23:13

2018 IndyCar “very tricky,” says Bourdais after first test


Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais, who got his initial test of the new spec Dallara aerokit yesterday at Sebring, says the car will be particularly difficult on street courses due to their increased ride height requirements.

Bourdais had a similar reaction to the new aero package that veterans like Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan had after their first tests with it. It’s different, especially after years of driving heavy-downforce cars.

“It’s going to be up to us to find mechanical solutions to come up with stability and get the thing together,” Bourdais said. “It’s a very different car from what we’ve had up to now. It’s going to require different things.

Bourdais, for whom 16 of his 36 Indy car wins have come on temporary street tracks, said that the DCR-Honda team is just “scratching the surface” of the new car’s capabilities after 66 laps of the Sebring short course which IndyCar teams traditionally use to simulate a street course.

“We got around two hours on track – obviously better than nothing but there are still quite a few things that need to be worked on,” Bourdais told Motorsport.com. “It’s a bit of a head scratcher for everyone – very different, as you’d expect.

“When you take 25 percent of the downforce out of the car, it’s not going to make it feel any nicer,” Bourdais said after driving an unmarked No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda (shown at bottom). “The rear is moving around a lot under braking and turning. It’s a struggle, but you can’t expect to fix it in two hours.”


“It’s going to be challenging for sure, very tricky, but we’ll keep trying until we put our finger on the sweetspot. But it’s clearly extremely rear ride-height sensitive which has a big side-effect of instability on corner entry and some rear locking.

“On the street courses it will be extremely difficult to make the car behave because you naturally have to run a higher car to deal with the bumps. It wasn’t terrible – but it wasn’t very good either.”

While Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Chip Ganassi Racing, Team Penske, Ed Carpenter Racing and AJ Foyt Racing have gained track time with the 2018 cars over the past four months (SPM and Penske worked with Honda and Chevrolet since the new cars’ initial runs last July), the other teams had to wait until this month to get testing miles. Bourdais said that has inevitably made life hard for the Dale Coyne Racing team.

“The only work we could do before this test was for Craig [Hampson, race engineer] and the engineering team to come up with simulations and estimates – or guesstimates,” he said. “But you know, it’s so difficult without any track time before then. You at least need a first set of data to work from and that’s something we only got for ourselves yesterday.

“So yeah, we’re just scratching the surface at the moment, that was our first read, and we’ll definitely have to go back and see if we can start to find the sweet spot.”

Bourdais, who has handed over the DCR car to Indy Lights graduate and potential new teammate Zachary Claman De Melo for today’s test, said that he hadn’t needed to wrestle with the car on corner exits as some of his peers have reported on first acquaintance with the new car.

“Applying the power out of corners wasn’t really an issue,” he said. “Getting the power down in any Indy car is pretty much dictated by what rear springs you run, so that’s not a big deal. Right now, what we’re fighting is the way the car transitions from initial brake application to then starting to turn-in and then the increasing load at the front. That’s the tricky part.”



IndyCar’s improved racing target achieved

Despite not yet having a chance to find a setup he likes on the new car, four-time Champ Car champion Bourdais is confident that IndyCar will achieve its target of improving the racing, even if setting new lap records will be a thing of the past.

“At a track like Sebring short course, the top speed isn’t crazy-different from before,” he said, “but you can tell that anywhere with a long straight like Road America there’s going to be a significant difference in straightline speed, and with the reduced downforce you’re increasing the brake zones, so that should help passing.

“Every lap time is going to increase a little bit though because you break track records with huge amounts of downforce, and so when you take that away you’re not going to be at that same lap time, but that’s really not important. It’s important that we race well together, we put on a good show, and can pass each other instead of following each other in processions because the car ahead creates such a big wash that we can’t get close in corners.

“I think the reads and predictions on this have been pretty accurate and everyone is feeling pretty optimistic that we can race much better now.”

He added: “The other thing is, for sure it’s going to be difficult to find the right compromise for the car at each track – it always is, especially in the first year of a new car. So you are going to see teams and drivers mess up and have to start from further back than they’re used to.

“I’d say a lot of the time it’s going to be a battle not to see who gets it right but who gets it least worst! That creates drama and a good show, and I think there are a lot of people who will like that.”


Sébastien Bourdais trouve la nouvelle IndyCar bestiale
Les essais 2018 pour la nouvelle saison IndyCar ont repris sur le Sebring International Raceway. Le Dale Coyne Racing de Sébastien Bourdais était accompagné du Andretti Autosport. Ils sont rejoints aujourd’hui par le Chip Ganassi Racing pour les 5 heures de roulage autorisées.

C’est mardi que les écuries Dale Coyne Racing et Andretti Autosport ont pris part, toutes deux à leurs tests du bloc Honda. Les sessions d’essais sont également tournées vers l’apprentissage du nouveau comportement des monoplaces 2018.

Sébastien Bourdais la trouve « bestiale »
Cela n’aurait pas été une journée de tout repos pour le staff du Dale Coyne Racing. La monoplace de Sébastien Bourdais a connu quelques soucis de jeunesse. Il y a beaucoup de nouveaux éléments sur la monoplace revue et corrigée pour la saison 2018 d’IndyCar. Certains éléments comme les kits aéro sont visibles, d’autres le sont moins comme la partie mécanique ou encore le nouveau volant.

« Les gars ont fait un très bon travail sur la voiture, tout fonctionne » se félicitait Sébastien Bourdais. « Nous pouvons régler nos problèmes qu’une fois en piste, il faut qu’on roule pour procéder à ces nouveaux réglages. »
L’immobilisation de la monoplace du Dale Coyne Racing n’a pas permis une bonne exploitation. L’IndyCar Series leur octroiera 5 heures de roulage supplémentaire.

Néanmoins, les quelques tours effectués ont permis à Sébastien Bourdais de dégager une tendance des nouvelles monoplaces. « C’est vraiment très différent de ce que nous avons eu ces 3 dernières années. »
« Nous devons repenser tous nos réglages, elle est beaucoup plus sensible » déclarait Bourdais. « Dès que l’on touche aux freins, l’arrière est délesté par le faible aérodynamique à l’arrière. Ça bouge énormément, il va falloir qu’on travaille sur ça. »


Le comportement bestial de cette nouvelle monoplace va donner un réel défi aux pilotes. C’en est terminé des monoplaces aux ailerons à étagères, il y a beaucoup moins d’appuis. Les premiers roulages vont se faire sur des œufs avant que les pilotes ne s’acclimatent.
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