IndyCar: Bourdais bullish for Toronto encore of 2013

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One of the drivers who needs  – and probably deserves – a big weekend this weekend at the Honda Indy 2 in Toronto is KVSH Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais.

The “bespectacled badass” hasn’t finished on the podium yet this year, with a pair of fourth place finishes (Grand Prix of Indianapolis, Houston race 1) serving as his best results of 2014.

But the driver of the No. 11 Hydroxycut KVSH Racing Chevrolet turned his 2013 season around at this race weekend a year ago. Bourdais delivered a runner-up finish in Saturday’s race one, with a third place in Sunday’s race two. The Saturday race came with a much-remembered trophy smash on the podium, as the glass bowl fell off its base and tumbled to its ultimate demise.

They were his first podium finishes since he returned to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2011, and also marked the first in Dragon Racing’s history.

A year later, Bourdais looks to deliver KVSH Racing its first podium of the year as well. Believe it or not, KV and A.J. Foyt Enterprises are the only full-season teams who have yet to visit the top three in a race this year. There have been 17 different podium finishers from nine different teams.

As this is also near to Hydroxycut’s home base in Oakville, it’s an important weekend for Bourdais and the Olivier Boisson-led crew.

“This is a very important race for the KVSH Racing team because our sponsor, Hydroxycut, has its headquarters just outside of Toronto in Oakville, so we are expecting a lot of support at the track,” Bourdais said. “Over the years I have had some very exciting races in Toronto and had some good results. It is always a great event. The city really supports the race, the track is challenging and the fans are knowledgeable.”

Results haven’t mirrored the pace or qualifying efforts Bourdais has delivered on the street courses this year. He is a past winner at Toronto though, 10 years ago with Newman/Haas Racing in Champ Car.

“The Hydroxycut – KVSH Racing car has been fast on most of the street circuits this year and with two races this weekend hopefully we can have a couple of good results for the sponsors, their employees and guests and make up some ground in the championship standings,” said Bourdais, who enters the weekend 12th in points, 23 behind Tony Kanaan in 10th (and the previous driver of the No. 11 KV entry).

Bourdais – and the rest of the IndyCar field – race Saturday and Sunday on NBCSN/NBC Sports Live Extra at 3 p.m. ET both days.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.