Dale Coyne Racing confirmed on Wednesday that Sebastien Bourdais has joined the team for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series. The Frenchman returns to Dale Coyne from the KVSH Racing team.
Bourdais drove a partial schedule with Dale Coyne Racing in 2011 upon his return to American open wheel racing following time competing in Europe which included two years racing with the Toro Rosso team in Formula One.
Bourdais commented by saying:
Back in 2011, Dale was the one who gave me the opportunity to come back to IndyCar, and I’m looking forward to a very exciting second stint with his team. Thanks to Dale’s leadership and unconditional commitment to the series, we have been able to assemble a great group of guys, including Olivier Boisson, my race engineer for the last three years, as well as my former lead engineer from the Newman/Haas Racing days, Craig Hampson. The addition of these two great minds and friends, to Dale Coyne Racing’s existing group, will undoubtedly give me a great chance at running up front with a competitive car.
The Frenchman moves from Chevrolet to Honda and said:
I would like to thank Chevy and KVSH Racing for their support and trust in me over the last few years. “Now, a new chapter has begun and it would not have been possible without Honda’s commitment to our effort. I am thrilled to be able to get things going this early, and can’t wait to discover my new machine this week at Gateway!
Bourdais is not the only new arrival at Dale Coyne Racing for next season as his KVSH Racing race engineer, Olivier Boisson who joins the team later this month.
Speaking about Bourdais, team owner Dale Coyne commented by saying:
Sebastien has been on our radar ever since he left IndyCar to go to Formula 1 in Europe. We were honored to bring him back to the States to return to his roots in 2011, and even more excited about what our future prospects will be in 2017 and beyond. “We have assembled a great group of guys over the past few years and with additions to our engineering department for 2017, we are definitely ‘putting the band back together’. We will have some greats from the Newman/Haas era of Craig Hampson chief engineer, Todd Phillips Chief Mechanic, Oren Trower as lead mechanic, Colin Duff and others all from the Newman/Haas team. Needless to say we look forward to 2017 with great anticipation.
Bourdais will start work for Dale Coyne Racing at the Verizon IndyCar Series test at Gateway Motorsports Park on Thursday 13th October.