Dale Coyne Racing have confirmed this evening that Sebastien Bourdais will return to racing action in the No.18 Dale Coyne Racing entry from this weekend’s Bommarito 500 at Gateway Motorsports, just 14 weeks after his accident during qualifying for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Esteban Gutierrez will be stood down for the rest of the season and speaking following the announcement of Bourdais’ return the Mexican commented by saying:
It’s been a very interesting few months for me getting to race in the Verizon IndyCar Series on the street circuits, road courses and especially ovals. “I want to thank the team and Dale Coyne for giving me this opportunity to gain this experience in view of a full-time program in the Verizon IndyCar Series next year. My goal was to learn as much as possible in order to be ready for 2018 where a new car will be introduced. This experience with the team will pay dividends next season.
Speaking about his return, Bourdais commented by saying:
You have no idea how excited I am to be getting back in the car this weekend and for the remainder of the season. “It’s been a long 14 weeks and I’ve worked very hard to get to this point. Following the crash, I had one goal in mind and that was to be back for Sonoma, and here I am getting back in the car with three races to go. It’s a bit unbelievable but I can’t wait to try out that new surface at Gateway this weekend!
Team owner Dale Coyne commented by saying:
It’s great to have Sebastien back, but I want to thank Esteban for the amazing job he did filling in for him these last few months. It wasn’t easy for him coming in and having never driven an Indy car, but he did a fantastic job especially on the ovals. For someone that had never driven on an oval track before Iowa in July, he impressed a lot of people including myself. Hopefully we get to work with him again in the future.