Sebastien Bourdais will take part in his first test for Dale Coyne Racing on Thursday as the Verizon IndyCar Series prepares for the 2017 season at Gateway Motorsports Park.
It was announced on Wednesday that the Frenchman has joined Dale Coyne Racing from the 2017 season onwards having driven for KVSH Racing. Bourdais will switch from Chevrolet to Honda and during a Verizon IndyCar Series teleconference on Wednesday following the announcement, Bourdais was asked by Paddock Eye:
Sebastien, I was wondering how excited are you to be driving with Honda, having driven with Chevrolet over the last couple of seasons? What kind of differences are you expecting within the power output of the car?
That’s a tough question. The grass always looks greener on the other side, as they say. I believe obviously you can win with a Chevy or a Honda. Thanks to Honda’s efforts we’ve been able to assemble a great group of guys. Dale was the driving force of this. I sure hope that we’ll be as good as we hope to be, and bringing something to the Honda stable.
I don’t want to get ahead of myself in making estimations or whatever because it doesn’t matter. It’s all about what you do, it’s not about what you think.
I think, obviously, like I said, there’s a lot of very positive things coming from the Honda camp that definitely have stepped up their game. The aero kit was definitely much more competitive in the 2016 season. The powerplant is quite a bit more reliable than it had been in years past. We felt on the Chevy side that they had done really well in terms of power and usability of the engine.
Yeah, I’m pretty excited to get in the car and experience it myself.
Bourdais’ confirmation at Dale Coyne Racing for 2017 is the latest piece of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series driver jigsaw puzzle to be put in place.
On Tuesday, Chip Ganassi Racing confirmed that they have extended their partnership with Tony Kanaan and his primary sponsor NTT DATA for 2017.