Bourdais to make 2017 return to Dale Coyne Racing


Sebastien Bourdais - Credit: Chris Owens / IndyCar

Sebastien Bourdais will make the switch from KVSH Racing to Dale Coyne Racing on a two-year deal, starting in 2017.

The Frenchman has been part of the KV set-up since the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season and has taken victories in the past three seasons, but returns to the team that gave him the opportunity to compete in 2011 in IndyCar.

Bourdais will also be reunited Craig Hampson, his engineer from when he raced in the Champ Car World Series, with the duo securing thirty-one victories, thirty-one pole positions and four consecutive Championships between 2004 and 2007 whilst running with the legendary Newman-Haas Racing outfit.

“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,” said Bourdais.

“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.”

Bourdais praised his former team KVSH and engine suppliers Chevrolet for their backing in the past few years, but is eager for the new start with Dale Coyne Racing and Honda.

“I would like to thank Chevy and KVSH Racing for their support and trust in me over the last few years,” said Bourdais.  “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!”