DALTON KELLETT (No. 4 K-Line Insulators USA Chevrolet) will be competing at Portland in an Indy car for the first time but he did race there in the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires Series with a best finish of fifth in 2019.
Kellett: “I can’t wait to kick off the west coast swing at Portland! With all the disruption we had to the schedule last year, especially to the non-Midwest races, it will be great to be on the road, traveling to these classic venues. Normally, we would have had Long Beach earlier in the year, but I think it will be fun to have the west coast races clustered like this. It’s a unique way to finish off the season.
“I haven’t driven Portland in the Indy car but it was a cool track in Lights. Lots of long, mid-speed corners that ask a lot of the front tires.
“Coming off a good weekend at Gateway, I think, for us, it’s important to key into what went well there and integrate that into our approach. All the while, not getting distracted by our emotions or expectations for the end of the season. We want the results, but we have to focus on getting the process right. That’s the approach going into these last three races.”
Kellett Fast Facts: Age 27…Born in Stouffville, Canada…lives in Indianapolis; bought his first house there in May…Graduated from Queens University with a degree in Engineering Physics…Brand spokesman for Ten80 Education’s National STEM League…Enjoys rock climbing, backcountry skiing, camping, playing guitar, cooking and golf.
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (No. 14 ROKiT Chevrolet) has an impressive resume when it comes to Portland where he first competed in 2003 driving for Newman Haas. That year was the only one when he did not finish the race. In seven races, he started in the Top-5 six times (once from the pole in 2004). He won twice (‘04 and ‘07) and finished on the podium three more times (’05, ’06, ’18).
Bourdais: “Very tiny track but a really fun one. Always kind of had some good things over there, so looking forward to a good weekend. We had a good sim day where we prepared for Portland and the last two after that, so hoping that the hard work and the spike in momentum that we got from Gateway keeps going and we can push that ROKiT Chevrolet No. 14 towards the front once again and finish the season as well as we can.”
Bourdais Fast Facts: Age 42…Born in LeMans, France…lives in St. Petersburg, Fla…Married to Claire, has two children, Emma and Alex…Ranks sixth on INDYCAR’s All-time Wins list with 37 victories and ranks seventh in career poles with 34…Ex-Formula One driver (2008-09)…Won 12 Hours of Sebring this year; has won Rolex 24 at Daytona overall (2014) and Petit LeMans…Finished second overall in 24 Hours of LeMans and won in the GTE class with Ford in 2016.
Past Performance at Portland: This year marks the first NTT INDYCAR Series race for Dalton Kellett at Portland International Raceway. He raced there in Indy Lights with his best start fourth and his best finish fifth, both in 2019. Sebastien Bourdais’ best start was from pole in 2004 with Newman Haas Racing – a race he won. He won again in 2007 with Newman Haas Lanigan Racing. AJ Foyt Racing’s best start is 10th and best finish is eighth (1993 with driver Robby Gordon). Matheus Leist also finished eighth in 2019, the last time that the NTT INDYCAR Series competed here (the race was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic).
Last Race: AJ Foyt Racing enjoyed a season-high finish with both Sebastien Bourdais and Dalton Kellett at World Wide Technology Raceway three weeks ago. Bourdais matched his season-high finish of fifth after starting 18th; he led for 19 laps. He also claimed fifth in the season opener at Barber Motorsports Park. Kellett earned his career best finish –12th — in the NTT INDYCAR Series after making an impressive run from 24th. Early in the race, both cars sustained impacts, but neither car sustained enough damage to take them out of contention.
Live coverage of the Portland Grand Prix begins at Sunday, September 12 on NBC at 3:00 PM ET. There will be two practice sessions on Saturday (Noon ET and 6:15 ET) with a 75-minute qualifying session in between, starting at 3:15 PM ET – all streaming live on Peacock TV. Coverage will also be available on the INDYCAR Radio Network and Sirius XM channel 205.
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