Four-time Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais has signed a two-year contract to drive for KVSH Racing, beginning with the 2014 IndyCar Series season.
Bourdais, 34, a resident of St. Petersburg, Fla., has recorded four top-five finishes as he completes his second season in a Dragon Racing car Oct. 19 in the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway. He has posted all six of his top 10s in the past seven races, including podium finishes in the doubleheader at Toronto.
Overall, Bourdais is tied with Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy for eighth on the all-time Indy car win list at 31. He's seventh on the all-time list with 31 poles.
“The fact that I have an agreement with KVSH Racing so early, and that I have a two-year contract, shows the team’s commitment to their new era in the IndyCar Series," Bourdais said. "I am looking forward to meeting the crew and getting started with testing as soon as possible. I also want to thank Dragon Racing for their support over the last two seasons. I wish them the best of luck in the future.”
This season, Tony Kanaan has driven the No. 11 KV Racing Technology-SH Racing entry with multiple primary sponsors. He won the 97th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race in May. Kanaan announced Oct. 4 that he will drive for Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, beginning with the 2014 season. Simona De Silvestro will complete her first season this weekend in the No. 78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy car for KV Racing Technology.
“I am very pleased and proud to say that we have Sebastien Bourdais driving a KVSH Racing car,” Vasser said. “I have raced against him and can say without a doubt that he is an exceptional driver and a true champion. We look forward to winning a lot of races with him.”
The team, formed as KV Racing in 2003 by 1996 CART champion Jimmy Vasser and businessman Kevin Kalkhoven, joined INDYCAR in 2008. Businessman James Sullivan, representing SH Racing, joined them for the first time for the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with driver Tomas Scheckter.
“I want to thank Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser for their hard work. The three of us are committed to taking the team to the next level,” Sullivan said. “This is something we have been working toward for many months. I am ecstatic to sign Sebastien, a driver I expect will get it done for us throughout the season. This is the next step in building KVSH Racing into a team that competes for wins and championships every year."