One of the more talented drivers in the IndyCar paddock will be back in 2013. According to SpeedTV, Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais has signed a new deal with Jay Penske and Dragon Racing, “for ’13, if not longer.”
Last season, Dragon Racing started off with Lotus and to say the least, it was a nightmare for anyone who had to deal with the under-powered, inefficient, unreliable and poorly backed Lotus engine program. Dragon Racing sued Lotus and changed engine manufacturer, with Chevrolet as the new supplier. But Chevy could only offer one engine, which forced Bourdais to share the ride with his teammate, Katherine Legge.
Bourdais, now 33 years old, won an impressive four championships in-a-row while he was competing in the ChampCar series throughout the past decade. During his five years driving for Newman-Haas Racing in ChampCar, he won 31 races in 73 starts.
Bourdais is a serious driver that was actually born in Le Mans, France. Yes, the same place with the infamous race track, where by the way, Bourdais has had success at. Racing is literally in his blood. He eventually moved up to Formula One after his incredible accomplishments in ChampCar. He drove in 2008 and half of 2009 for Toro Rosso but seventh was his best F1 effort before being let go. In 2011, he drove for Dale Coyne with lackluster results before moving to Dragon Racing last season.
It appears that Katherine Legge will also be with the team. Penske’s intent is to run a two-car team in 2013, beginning with the opener at St. Petersburg. Sponsorship may be in the offing for these endeavors as well.
Now with most of a year behind them to build the Dragon Racing effort up and with Bourdais’ services for the foreseeable future, prospects are looking up for Jay Penske and his organization.
Interestingly enough, Bourdais has yet to win an event in IndyCar. In fact, he hasn’t even made it to the podium with a fourth place at Mid-Ohio last season being the best he could muster in 21 tries. That might change next season.
Sources – IndyCar, SBourdais.com
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