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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   Mer 30 Aoû 2017 - 15:38


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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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