Sebastien Bourdais will be racing in a different series in the 2020 season. Dale Coyne Racing announced Friday (Nov. 22) that they have parted ways with the Frenchman.
Bourdais competed for the team in 2011 and 2017, while seasons 2018 and 2019 were under the Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan banner.
“I want to thank Sebastien for having the confidence to come back from his Formula 1 tour and join our team in 2011, and again for his commitment to the team during the past three years,” commented team co-owner Dale Coyne. “It is not a decision we take lightly, but due to the ever-changing landscape of Indy car racing, we have no choice but to make a change for 2020. We wish Sebastien all the best with his future racing endeavors.”
Bourdais won six events in the NTT IndyCar Series, including two back-to-back season openers at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. He also earned 13 podiums and three poles.
Vasser-Sullivan Racing Co-Owners, Jimmy Vasser and James Sullivan, said: “We both want to thank Sebastien for the outstanding job he did driving for our teams KVSH Racing and Dale Coyne Racing Vasser-Sullivan. Looking back Seb has driven 84 races for us. In that time, we captured poles and won a lot of races. Sebastien is a great friend, a great driver, a true champion and a fantastic ambassador for our partners and Indy car racing. We wish him the best of luck in the next phase of his career where we hope there will be an opportunity for us to race together again.”
Bourdais will run the full 2020 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship season for JDC-Miller Motorsports with Joao Barbosa in their No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R. The organization also announced that Loic Duval will join in the endurance rounds, while Christian Fittipaldi will be the core advisor.
“Following two very difficult weeks filled with uncertainty regarding my future, I am thrilled to get the opportunity to race a prototype again, be reunited with Joao, Ken and Brenda [Thompson of Mustang Sampling], and drive for JDC-Miller MotorSports and Mustang Sampling Racing,” Bourdais said in the team’s release. “I want to thank Christian and everyone who made this possible. 2020 can’t come soon enough and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of our Cadillac DPi-V.R.”
Barbosa and Bourdais have raced together as teammates before. Bourdais served as an endurance driver for Action Express Racing in 2014 and 2015. In six races, the duo won three of them (including the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona) and never finished off of the overall podium.
Bourdais has not raced a prototype since his time with Action Express Racing. For the past four years, Bourdais has served as an endurance driver for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing IMSA. In that time, he won the GT Le Mans class in the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona and scored five podium finishes. He also won the GTE-Pro class in the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans along with Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller.
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