Sebastien Bourdais heads into the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series full of confidence. The Frenchman has had a busy winter. Firstly, Bourdais moved teams from KV Racing to Dale Coyne Racing, switching from Chevrolet to Honda power.
Bourdais is joined at Coyne by Indy Lights champion Ed Jones. Bourdais got his year off to a great start, winning his class at the Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona International Raceway for Chip Ganassi Racing driving a Ford GT.
Discussing the race with IndyCar.com, Bourdais said he hones his skills:
That’s not the reason why I do it. “I do it because I enjoy it. … It’s tough to put a value on it, but for me it helps. The longer you stay inactive, the harder it is to get back up. It sure helps to get more seat time and keep your feelings sharp. “At the end of the day, it’s a race of touch and feel and sight. If you don’t exercise those skills, they become a bit less sharp.
Prior to the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona International Raceway at the weekend, Bourdais was at the Sebring International Raceway with Dale Coyne Racing conducting pre-season testing. The Frenchman went on to say:
It’s like a book. “Every time you write a new page, you tell the experience. This one was no different. We had really tough conditions. You have to be on top of your game. There’s no room for error when it’s at night in the middle of traffic and varying levels of pace and very different lines and levels of driving. You have to be super, super precise with yourself and with the ones around you.
The 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season gets underway from March 10-12 with Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, Bourdais’ adoptive home race.