Bourdais joins Foyt elephantine-time in 2021, returns in final 2020 races

Bourdais used to be in the origin signed to fragment the #14 AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet this yr with Tony Kanaan and Dalton Kellett. The four-time Champ Car title winner used to be design to compete at St. Petersburg, Barber Motorsports Park, Long Sea gallop and Portland.

On the change hand, after he tested impressively for the squad in Spring Working in direction of at Circuit of The Americas and then at Sebring, Bourdais saw his possibilities of competing for the group of workers dwindle, attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic and its repercussions. IndyCar’s St. Pete speed used to be postponed – at final rescheduled as the season finale – and utterly different three events had been canceled altogether.

But Bourdais will in the extinguish operate his speed debut for Foyt in next month’s Harvest Astronomical Prix double-header on the IMS boulevard route, as he takes over the #14 automotive. Kellett will switch to the #41 entry he raced in the Indy 500, and Charlie Kimball will as standard drive the #4.

The group of workers will then conclude out the season in St. Petersburg with a two-automotive entry for Bourdais and Kimball.

Bourdais, whose elephantine-time job this yr has been racing a JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, will this weekend compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, driving a Ferrari 488 GTE for Risi Competizione. He’ll then return to JDC-Miller for the final four races of IMSA’s Prototype season – including Petit Le Mans and the Sebring 12 Hours – sooner than turning correct into a elephantine-time Foyt driver for 2021.

The Frenchman, who has 37 Indy automotive wins to his name – the final two of which got right here in his adopted dwelling metropolis of St. Petersburg in 2017 and ’18 – stated: “Here is thrilling news for all of us. We waited with anticipation for most of 2020 to position collectively a deal for 2021.

“I’m indubitably fully contented that I’m running the final three races of the yr. It is gargantuan for us to rating an early launch on next yr. 2020 has been a actually abnormal yr thus a long way and I’m able to’t wait to in the extinguish rating in the support of the wheel of the AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet #14.” 

Team president Larry Foyt stated: “I am fully contented to relish this deal performed and welcome Sebastien to AJ Foyt Racing. The short time we relish got been ready to work collectively showed a gargantuan deal of promise, and it used to be a shame that his races with us had been derailed by the pandemic.

“I am chuffed we had been ready to add some of these races support on the agenda, because it would possibly maybe possibly positively attend us kickstart his elephantine-time campaign for 2021. His résumé speaks for itself, and there isn’t always a denying he’s a welcome boost to our program.”  

Team proprietor A.J. Foyt, who peaceable holds the file for number of Indy automotive championships (seven) and speed wins (67) stated: “I feel [Sebastien] will most seemingly be an asset to the group of workers by a long way. We tested with him earlier this yr and he knew exactly what he wanted and this day I feel that’s crucial in a racecar driver.

“I’m having a gape forward to working with him.” 

IndyCar’s Harvest Astronomical Prix doubleheader on the IMS boulevard route will most seemingly be held Friday, Oct. 2 – Saturday, Oct. 3, with the season finale at St. Pete design for Oct. 25.

Photo by: Barry Cantrell

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