Lexus deal doesn't affect IndyCar plans, Sullivan says

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Lexus deal doesn't affect IndyCar plans, Sullivan says


Lexus deal doesn't affect IndyCar plans, Sullivan says


James ‘Sulli’ Sullivan says the new AIM Vasser Sullivan IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship team will not replace or affect its ongoing efforts in the IndyCar Series.

Sullivan and longtime partner Jimmy Vasser joined forces with Dale Coyne Racing last season to co-enter the No. 18 Honda driven by Sebastien Bourdais, and with a new IMSA deal in place with Lexus and Canada’s AIM Autosport, the duo intends to maintain a presence in both series.

“We plan to be in IndyCar for years to come, have purchased a new [Dallara DW12] Indy car, and some equipment,” Sullivan (pictured at left, above, with Vasser, Coyne and Bourdais) told RACER. “I’m not in a position to go into detail on that and certainly don’t want it to overshadow what we’ve announced with Lexus and the RC F GT Daytona program as the AIM Vasser Sullivan team. It adds to the new Lexus partnership, and does not replace anything.”

With a new shop being outfitted in Concord, North Carolina, for the AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus GT Daytona effort, the team would, in theory, be capable of running open-wheel and sports cars from its base of operations.

Bourdais showed off a number of different looks this season. (Image by Scott LePage/LAT)

As the ‘V’ and ‘SH’ in KVSH Racing, Vasser and Sullivan took part as entrants in the IndyCar Series from 2011-2016 with Kevin Kalkhoven, and reunited this year at DCR. Sullivan’s skills in sponsorship acquisition were seen at KVSH and again in 2018 as a variety of new companies were brought to the cars driven by Bourdais.

With the dissolution of KVSH, Kalkhoven sold all of the cars and equipment he owned, leaving his former partners with only their sponsor relationships to carry forward to new ventures. With an Indy car chassis of their own on the way, Vasser and Sullivan would appear to have options that aren’t necessarily tied to other teams.

“The new car will be here in 30 days,” Sulli added.