AJ Foyt Racing announced on Tuesday that four time NTT IndyCar Series champion Sebastien Bourdais and Dalton Kellet have joined the team for the 2020 season.
The Frenchman will drive the No.14 Chevrolet alongside Charlie Kimball at the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, Barber Motorsports Park, the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach and Portland.
Speaking about the news he said:
I am such a lucky man. “Starting my IndyCar career driving for Paul Newman and Carl Haas, and now I get to drive for A.J. Foyt! I am both honored and thankful for the opportunity Larry and his team have provided me with. Staying in the NTT IndyCar series seemed like a long shot back in November. My teammates and I will be working very hard to deliver the results this organization deserves, and I can’t wait for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg to come.”
Dalton Kellett will make his NTT IndyCar Series debut at the Circuit of the Americas and will also compete for the team at the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 24.
Kellett will also compete in both races in Detroit, Road America, Toronto, Mid Ohio and the season ending Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey.
Speaking following the news, Kellett said:
“I am honored to compete in the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES with AJ Foyt Racing. “This opportunity is truly a dream come true for me, dating back to my days looking up to the drivers in INDYCAR back as a young go-karter. The pedigree and achievements of AJ Foyt Racing are historic in our sport, and I can’t wait to contribute to their ongoing success.
“This season, there will be plenty to learn including the exciting challenge of adapting to an all new car for me. Luckily, I am fortunate to be partnered with three series veterans in Kanaan, Kimball, and Bourdais. I’m looking forward to working with them and learning from their combined experience to grow as a driver. Thank you to the team and my partners for this opportunity. It will be an honor to represent K-Line Insulators USA at this level of the sport.”
Speaking about the new driver line up AJ Foyt Racing team president Larry Foyt said:
There will be many familiar faces in the Foyt garages this season, but there will be some new faces as well. “Coming off a season we were disappointed with, changes were inevitable. I believe adding a multi-time champion like Sebastien Bourdais to our team will help us as we regroup and work to regain a competitive position. Being able to retain Indy 500 champion Tony Kanaan is another source of excitement and will serve to push our oval program to a place where we can fight for victories. Dalton Kellett is a young driver who is intelligent and motivated, and with the experience around him, we feel he has the potential to show great things. Altogether, the 14 car has an intriguing lineup, and I’m excited to see how it plays out.
Charlie Kimball, Dalton Kellett and Sebastien Bourdais will all be in attendance at the NTT IndyCar Series Spring Training test at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on February 11 and 12.
The season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg takes place from March 13-15.