Sebastien Bourdais
Sebastien  Bourdais
Dale Coyne Racing
Sebastien Bourdais
rank
21
Career stats
Verizon IndyCar Series
Championship
Indy 500 Wins
Total Poles
Race Wins
Birthday
Feb 28, 1979
18 Honda France
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Hometown
Le Mans, France
Residence
St. Petersburg, FL

IN HIS OWN WORDS:

(About the atmosphere at his new team in 2017, Dale Coyne Racing): "The spirit on the team is really good. With Dale's commitment, his financial contribution, his drive for racing and his consistency over the years, we've got a solid foundation. Even if the progress is slower than it might be on the bigger teams, as long as you keep moving forward and add to what you're trying to do and don't go backward, you can do a lot of things with not so much."

ON TRACK

  • Only Indy car driver to win four consecutive championships (2004-2007 in Champ Car).
  • Sits sixth on Indy car career victory list with 36 wins.
  • Tied for seventh in career poles with 33 and has won race from the pole 18 times, third on all-time list.
  • Accomplished sports car racer who helped Ford Chip Ganassi Racing win the GTE Class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in Ford's return to the famed endurance race. Had finished second overall in 24 Hours three times with Team Peugeot
  • Has overall (2014) and class (2017) wins at Rolex 24 At Daytona. Has also won the overall 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans.
  • Drove two seasons in Formula One (2008-2009) with Toro Rosso

OFF TRACK

  • An avid cyclist and runner who takes advantage of his home in Florida to stay in shape year-round.
  • His father, Patrick, was also a race driver and competed in European Touring cars and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in their hometown.
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CAREER STATS
YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES** TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2017 Verizon IndyCar Series 5 1 0 2 3 69 3
2016 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 1 0 3 11 24 13
2015 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 2 0 4 8 145 14
2014 Verizon IndyCar Series 18 1 2 5 7 98 15
2013 Verizon IndyCar Series 19 0 0 4 6 87 15
2012 Verizon IndyCar Series 11 0 0 1 2 0 7
2011 Verizon IndyCar Series 9 0 0 0 5 0 6
2007 Champ Car 14 8 6 10 12 463 11
2006 Champ Car 14 7 7 11 13 522 12
2005 Verizon IndyCar Series 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
2005 Champ Car 13 6 5 11 12 358 12
2004 Champ Car 14 7 8 11 12 506 11
2003 Champ Car 18 3 5 9 10 254 11
Total 168 36 33 71 101 2526 131

** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points

RAF = Running at Finish


Dale Coyne Racing

Dale Coyne Racing is a long-standing staple in open-wheel racing. Starting in 1984 as a driver/owner, Coyne ran several seasons of Indy car races. For several years the team raced with a stock-block engine, making Coyne a fan favorite. With the technical expertise of Coyne, the team built its own chassis in 1986, known as the DC-1.

Stepping out of the cockpit in 1990, Coyne turned his talents to the tutelage of several up-and-coming drivers. From Dean Hall in 1990 to Paul Tracy in 1991 and beyond, Coyne’s ability to recruit and coach drivers has shown well for drivers who have competed with this seasoned team.

Before making the transition to the Verizon IndyCar Series full time in 2008, the team competed in the Champ Car World Series with drivers such as Oriol Servia, Cristiano da Matta, Katherine Legge, Bruno Junqueira, Alex Barron and Michel Jourdain Jr.

Dale Coyne Racing recorded its first victory in July 2009 at Watkins Glen International with Justin Wilson behind the wheel.

Team Website dalecoyneracing.com
First Start
February 23, 2003 (St. Petersburg)
First Win
May 5, 2003 (Brands Hatch)
First Pole
February 22, 2003 (St. Petersburg)

Verizon IndyCar Series Highlights

  • 2016
    • Finished 14th in the Verizon IndyCar Series for KVSH Racing, scoring a win at Belle Isle for the second consecutive season with a win in the first race of the doubleheader event.
  • 2015
    • Scored a pair of wins at Belle Isle-2 and Milwaukee, marking his first multi-win Indy car campaign since his championship-winning season in 2007
    • Finished 10th in Verizon IndyCar Series point standings for the second consecutive season for KVSH Racing.
  • 2014
    • Won for the first time since his return to Indy car racing when he captured the pole and took the checkered flag in the first race of the Toronto doubleheader
    • Earned the pole and finished second at Mid-Ohio and collected top-five finishes on the Indianapolis road course and both races at Houston.
    • Finished 10th in Verizon IndyCar Series point standings for KVSH Racing, his best showing in Indy cars since he won the 2007 Champ Car title.
    • Recorded five top-five and seven top-10 finishes.
  • 2013
    • Finished 12th in for Dragon Racing with a best finish of second at Toronto-1.
    • Recorded recorded podium finishes at Toronto-2 and Baltimore. Had four top-five and six top-10 finishes.
  • 2012
    • Made 11 starts for Dragon Racing with best finish of fourth at Mid-Ohio.
    • Finished ninth at Barber to record only top-10 finish by a Lotus-powered car.
    • Qualified for Firestone Fast Six three times (Toronto, Sonoma and Baltimore).
  • 2011
    • Competed in nine Verizon IndyCar Series races for Dale Coyne Racing with a best finish of sixth four times.
    • Recorded five top-10 finishes.
    • Started a best of fifth at Baltimore.
  • 2007
    • Won fourth consecutive Champ Car World Series title for Newman/Haas Racing with eight wins and six pole positions in 14 starts.
    • Claimed consecutive races at Long Beach, Houston and Portland. Also won at Edmonton, Zolder, Road America, Surfers Paradise and Mexico City.
  • 2006
    • Won third consecutive Champ Car World Series title for Newman/Haas Racing with seven wins, including four in a row to start the season.
    • Won at Long Beach, Houston, Monterrey, Milwaukee, San Jose, Montreal and Mexico City.
  • 2005
    • Repeated as Champ Car World Series champion for Newman/Haas Racing with six victories (Long Beach, Edmonton, San Jose, Denver, Las Vegas, and Mexico City), eight pole positions, and 10 podium finishes in 14 races.
    • Won Crown Royal International Race of Champions event at Texas Motor Speedway.
  • 2004
    • Won Champ Car World Series championship for Newman/Haas Racing with seven wins (Monterrey, Portland, Cleveland, Toronto, Denver, Las Vegas, Mexico City), eight pole positions and 10 podium finishes in 14 races.
    • Competed in Indianapolis 500 for Newman/Haas Racing, finishing 12th after late-race contact.
  • 2003
    • Became first rookie to win the Greg Moore Legacy Award.
    • Finished fourth and named Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year in Champ Car World Series for Newman/Haas Racing with three victories (Brands Hatch, Lausitzring, Cleveland), five pole positions and seven podium finishes.
    • Became the first rookie in series history to lead the first lap of his first Champ Car start and first driver in series history to win from pole in his oval racing debut.

Sebastien's Road To Indy

  • 2017
    • Teamed with Joey Hand and Dirk Muller to win GT Le Mans class in a Ford GT for Ford Chip Ganassi at Rolex 24 At Daytona.
  • 2016
    • Competed with Hand and Muller in endurance races in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with best finish of second at Petit Le Mans.
    • Teamed with Joey Hand and Dirk Muller to win GTE-Pro class in a Ford GT for Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA at 24 Hours of Le Mans.
  • 2015
    • Raced again with Action Express Racing and teammates Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa and won the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans.
    • Finished second at the Rolex 24 At Daytona for Action Express.
    • Finished ninth in Bathurst 1000 for Charlie Schwerkolt Racing.
  • 2014
    • Teamed with Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa in Action Express Racing Chevrolet Corvette to win Rolex 24 At Daytona.
  • 2013
    • Competed in Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series races for Starworks and 8Star Motorsports with best finish of fifth at Laguna Seca and Lime Rock.
  • 2012
    • Competed in Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series events for Starworks, teaming with Alex Popow to win at Indianapolis.
    • Won Dan Wheldon Memorial Trophy as highest-finishing international driver at Gold Coast 600 at Surfers Paradise.
  • 2011
    • Competed in endurance racing events for Peugeot, winning three times in Intercontinental Le Mans Cup competition and finishing second at 24 Hours of Le Mans for the third time.
    • Won Dan Wheldon Memorial Trophy as highest-finishing international driver at Gold Coast 600 at Surfers Paradise.
  • 2010
    • Competed in SuperLeague Formula for Olympique Lyonnais, scoring a win at Silverstone 2.
    • Made three starts for Team Peugeot Total in endurance sports car races at LeMans (won pole), Sebring (finished second overall) and Spa-Francorchamps (pole and race win).
    • Competed in Rolex 24 at Daytona and as International Guest Driver in V8 SuperCars round at Surfers Paradise.
  • 2009
    • Finished 19th in Formula 1 World Championship for Scuderia Toro Rosso, scoring two points in nine starts.
    • Competed in eight SuperLeague Formula events for Sevilla FC with two wins, one pole and six podium finishes to finish ninth in the championship.
    • Made two starts for Team Peugeot Total, scoring podium finishes at the 24 Hours of LeMans and 12 Hours of Sebring.
  • 2008
    • Finished 17th in the Formula 1 World Championship for Scuderia Toro Rosso with best finish of seventh at Australia and Belgium.
  • 2002
    • Won FIA International F3000 championship for Team Super Nova Racing with three wins (Imola, Monaco, Nurburgring) and six pole positions.
    • Finished 10th in 24 Hours of Le Mans and won 24 Hours of Spa.
    • Finished second in FIA Sport Championship for Team Pescarolo Sport with two wins and one pole position.
  • 2001
    • Competed in both 24 Hours of Le Mans and 12 Hours of Sebring.
    • Finished fourth in FIA International F3000 championship for Team DAMS with one win (Silverstone).
  • 2000
    • Finished ninth in FIA International F3000 championship for Prost Junior team with best finish of second at Magny-Cours in France.
    • Finished fourth in 24 Hours of Le Mans.
  • 1999
    • Won French Formula 3 championship for Team La Filiere with eight wins and three pole positions in 17 events.
  • 1998
    • Finished sixth as rookie in French Formula 3 championship for Team La Filiere with best finish of third.
  • 1997
    • Finished second in French Formula Renault championship for Team La Filiere with four wins, five pole positions and 11 podium finishes in 16 races.
  • 1996
    • Finished third in French Formula Renault championship for Team La Filiere with best finish of third.
    • Won 24 Hours of Le Mans karting race with co-drivers Besnault, Burriault and Le Ficheant.
  • 1995
    • Finished ninth in French Formula Campus championship for Team La Filiere with best finish of second.
  • Early Career
    • Competed in kart racing, winning the Maine Bretagne League.