Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais goes into this weekend’s Verizon IndyCar Series season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg excited to be getting the season underway in the No.18 Team SealMaster Honda.
During the off-season, the Frenchman who lives in St Petersburg with his family re-united with Jimmy Vasser and James Sulli Sullivan in partnership with Dale Coyne Racing for 2018.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race, the four time champion commented by saying:
I live in St. Petersburg and am very proud to be a resident. Downtown is booming and our neighborhood is a great environment to raise a family. St. Pete is my home race and it is an honor to represent the city during race weekend. My first Indy car race was here in 2003 and I took the pole, but until last year I really didn’t have a lot of success. It took 15 years, and now I am the defending champion and that feels good. I don’t feel any additional pressure to do well, but it’s nice to be able to sleep in my own bed and have friends and family at the track.” (About the start of the season): “I am looking forward to the start of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. I want to thank Dale Coyne, Jimmy Vasser and (James) Sulli (Sullivan) for the opportunity to move forward with the program that Dale started a year ago with the support of Honda. I also want to thank Sealmaster and all of our sponsors for their support. This is a small team, but we have proven we can take poles and win races. However, I think we are now putting together what hopefully is a consistent program that can compete at the highest level and contend for a championship.
The Frenchman is joined for the race in St Pete by Canadian Zachary Claman DeMelo who will drive the No.19 PaySafe Honda.
Speaking about the start of the new season he commented by saying:
I’m extremely excited to kick off the 2018 season in the No. 19 Paysafe Honda. I’m eager to show the world stage what I can do beginning with the season-opening race in St Petersburg. I’ve made great progress in the gym and in offseason testing, and I look forward to showing that progress on the track.