It’s official as Paddock Eye reported on Monday, four time CART champion Sebastien Bourdais will compete in the No.14 Chevrolet for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2021 the team confirmed on Tuesday.
The Frenchman who was originally due to race for the team this year will make his debut for the team at next month’s Harvest Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
The news means that Foyt will field three cars in Indianapolis with Dalton Kellett moving to the No.41 K Line Insulator Chevrolet.
Speaking about the news, Bourdais who is currently in Lemans for the 24 Hours race said:
This is exciting news for all of us. We waited with anticipation for most of 2020 to put together a deal for 2021. I’m really happy that I’m running the last three races of the year — it is great for us to get an early start on next year. 2020 has been a very strange year so far and I can’t wait to finally get behind the wheel of the AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet No. 14.”
Team President Larry Foyt commented saying:
I’m happy to have this deal done and welcome Sebastien to AJ Foyt Racing. “The short time we have been able to work together showed a great deal of promise, and it was a shame that his races with us were derailed by the pandemic. I’m glad we were able to add some of these races back on the schedule, as it will undoubtedly help us kickstart his full-time campaign for 2021. His resume speaks for itself, and there is no denying he is a great addition to our program.”
Speaking about the Aeroscreen which he tested in February and the impact Bourdais said:
Not very much. This year’s car felt heavier, more inertia and the tires felt different but the setups were very different as well from what I was used to (Bourdais drove Honda-powered cars for Dale Coyne Racing from 2017-19). It’s a whole new learning process. I think there were many differences from the last three or four seasons I had that I think you go into the relationship with a clean slate, no preconceived ideas, try to fit in and bring your experience to the table, but also trying to learn as much as you can from what’s there.”