Sebastien Bourdais wins first Dual in Detroit

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AVONDALE, AZ - APRIL 02: Sebastien Bourdais of France, driver of the #11 KVSH Racing Chevrolet IndyCar is introduced before the Phoenix Grand Prix at Phoenix International Raceway on April 2, 2016 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais took the checkered flag Saturday to win the first Dual in Detroit.

“I couldn’t be any happier for Chevrolet and Hydroxycut today,” said Bourdais after the win. “For a long time, I really thought the strategy was a total mess, and it was never going to work, and when we finally got some clean air, then I could start to get some quick lap times and make it happen.”

The win is the 35th in Bourdais’ IndyCar career, and it comes after a 10th-place finish at the Indianapolis 500. Those results have lifted the Frenchman up to 14th in the series points standings after a disappointing start to the season.

Looking ahead, the entire series will be back on the track at Belle Isle Sunday for round two of the Duals in Detroit.

“I can only hope for good conditions and hopefully a better qualifying,” said Bourdais, previewing the race. “I think if we put that No. 11 car up front in qualifying, it’s going to be tough to beat.”