Sebastien Bourdais had a challenging race today in the No. 18 Team Mouser Electronics/Molex – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan car finishing 19th in the Honda Indy Toronto on the temporary street circuit in Toronto, Canada. Bourdais started 17th, however worked his way up to 11th during the first stint of the race. After pitting the team made some changes and put on black tires. Shortly thereafter, Bourdais spun in Turn 1 and the back end of the car hit the wall damaging the rear wing. Bourdais pitted for a new wing, but lost two laps as the repairs were made essentially ending his race.
“It was a tough weekend all around for the Mouser Electronics/Molex team. I thought we had something pretty good in qualifying that could help us accomplish the usual good starting position in Toronto, but I wasn’t comfortable enough with the conditions (wet track) to challenge the car for the one lap. I didn’t do a good job, we didn’t make it through and that put us at the back of the field.”
“We tried something for the warm-up this morning and the car was far worse than it had been. So we un-winded that and threw a Hail Mary at it for the race, but the car still wasn’t quite there. It was okay on the Firestone red (alternate) tires, then we made a couple of changes during the first stop and put black (primary) tires on. As soon as we put on the blacks the car became extremely catchy, snappy and unpredictable. I made a couple of mistakes where I almost crashed then I got into turn one and I have no idea what happened. It felt like I didn’t really slow down. The car started to crab and go sideways under braking and from there I couldn’t recover. I went backwards into the tires, not bad enough to put us out of the race, but bad enough that I had to come in and change the rear wing. We lost two laps and from there it was just about collecting data and bringing it home. It was just a very disappointing weekend. I really wanted to do a lot more for the Mouser Electronics, Molex guys, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be this weekend.”