IndyCar/IMSA Double Header For Bourdais In Long Beach
Dale Coyne with Vassar Sullivan Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais who drives the No.18 Team SealMaster Honda in the NTT IndyCar Series will be on double duty this weekend in Long Beach.
The Frenchman has been drafted in by Ford Chip Ganassi Racing to drive the No.66 Ford GT in the IMSA WhetherTech Sports car championship which runs alongside the NTT IndyCar Series Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Bourdais will drive in place of Joey Hand who is suffering from flu like symptoms according to a statement from Chip Ganassi Racing.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s IndyCar race before the news broke about Hand, Bourdais said:
Long Beach is historically a track where I’ve had a lot of success. The atmosphere is fantastic. It’s just a great event. The No. 18 SealMaster Honda team is coming off a couple of good races. We’ve earned a lot of valuable championship points and are now sixth in the championship race. We just have to keep working hard, keep digging and see how far we can go. I am incredibly honored to be inducted into the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Walk of Fame. Joining such an illustrious group of drivers, owners and teams is very special. The fact that I am still an active Indy car driver, and along with Will (Power), will be the first active Indy car drivers to be inducted, is an accomplishment I’m extremely proud of.”
Seabass’ team mate at Dale Coyne Racing, Santino Ferrucci in the No.19 David Yurman Honda commented on this weekend’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach saying:
“I’m pretty excited about heading to Long Beach. Then again, I’m always excited going to a street course. I’m curious to see what we’ll have when we get there. We did some simulator work and it was really, really good for us. It’s helped us at other tracks, so hopefully it will be the same for Long Beach and we can get back into the top 10. Doing sim work is helpful, but I can’t wait to drive the actual track. From what I’ve seen of the circuit, it kind of reminds me of Detroit in a way. It’s a little bumpy and I like the hairpin a lot going onto the front straight. I’m excited for that and for the fountain turn, because I’m told it’s legendary.”
Bourdais will share the No.66 Ford with Dirk Muller.