The Action Express Corvette DP edges aside 8Star’s version for Bourdais’ services next season. (LAT photo)
Four-time Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais will enter the 2014 with new IndyCar Series and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship teams to call home.
The coveted all-rounder recently joined the KVSH Racing IndyCar program as its lead driver and RACER has learned the 33-year-old Frenchman will also add three North American Endurance Championship rounds with the Action Express Racing Daytona Prototype outfit to his plate.
Bourdais will drive with the team at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans, which will not interfere with the 18-round IndyCar championship he’ll contest in the Chevy-powered open-wheel series. After testing with KVSH at Sebring on Thursday, Bourdais returns to take part in the Saturday/Sunday test at the 3.7-mile circuit with AXR regulars Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi.
Bourdais’ TUDOR Championship activities will maintain his ties to Chevy as he competes in AXR’s Corvette DP, and with the move to the Gary nelson-led team, he adds to the Corvette DP experience he gained last season with Enzo Potolicchio’s 8Star effort.
The IndyCar ace becomes the latest open-wheeler to join the TUDOR Championship’s NAEC rounds. Bourdais’ friend and countryman Simon Pagenaud will contest the same three events with Extreme Speed Motorsports, Pagenaud’s Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammate Tristan Vautier is on the lookout for sports car opportunities and 2012 IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay could be back in a DP for at the least the season opener at Daytona.
2011 Indy 500 polesitter Alex Tagliani, who contested a few Rolex GT races with the R.Ferri/Aim Autosport team last season, could back for an undetermined number of races, and the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates team, which normally drafts in its IndyCar drivers for Daytona, will have reigning champion Scott Dixon, 2013 Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan and 2013 Mid-Ohio winner/2013 Rolex 24 winner Charlie Kimball to draw from.
In an additional testing-related item, Pickett Racing will run Nissan GT Academy drivers Steven Doherty and Bryan Heitkotter in the team’s PC car at Sebring. Entries for the Sebring event have surpassed 20, and the Tuesday-Wednesday test at Daytona will have more than 25 cars in attendance.