Coyne, Vasser-Sullivan confirm split with Bourdais

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Coyne, Vasser-Sullivan confirm split with Bourdais

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Coyne, Vasser-Sullivan confirm split with Bourdais

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Dale Coyne Racing has confirmed that, as first reported by RACER, it has parted ways with driver Sebastien Bourdais, who has spent four years with the Plainfield, Illinois-based team since his return to North American open-wheel racing in 2011.

“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,” said team 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 competed under the Dale Coyne Racing banner in 2011 and 2017 and Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan for the 2018 and 2019 IndyCar seasons. During that time, Bourdais won back-to-back races in St. Petersburg, his hometown event, and scored three other podium finishes.

In storybook style, the Frenchman bounced back from a horrific crash in qualifying for the 2017 Indianapolis 500 to claim his second win in the St. Petersburg season opener in 2018 (photo above).

Success was elusive in 2019, though Bourdais showed familiar form in clawing through from 19th to seventh in the IndyCar season finale at Laguna Seca. Image by Abbott/LAT

Vasser-Sullivan Racing co-owners Jimmy Vasser and James “Sulli” 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. 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.”

The DCR team is exploring several options in order to complete its driver line-up for the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series and an announcement will be made in the near future.

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