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Sebastien Bourdais
Sebastien  Bourdais
Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan
18 Honda France
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Sebastien Bourdais
rank
8
Career stats
Indy Car History
Championships: 4
Astor Cup Trophy Astor Cup Trophy Astor Cup Trophy Astor Cup Trophy
Indy 500 Wins: 0
Total Poles
34
Race Wins
37
Birthday
Feb 28, 1979
Hometown
Le Mans, France
Residence
St. Petersburg, FL

ON TRACK

  • Only Indy car driver to win four consecutive championships (2004-2007 in Champ Car).
  • Ranks sixth on Indy car career victory list with 37 wins.
  • Ranks seventh in career poles with 24 and has won race from the pole 18 times, third on the 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 in 2016 and the GT Le Mans class at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2017. 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 car driver and competed in European Touring cars and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in their hometown.

CAREER STATS

YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2019 NTT IndyCar Series 5 0 0 2 2 10 4
2018 NTT IndyCar Series 17 1 1 5 8 108 15
2017 NTT IndyCar Series 8 1 0 2 5 74 6
2016 NTT IndyCar Series 16 1 0 3 11 24 13
2015 NTT IndyCar Series 16 2 0 4 8 145 14
2014 NTT IndyCar Series 18 1 2 5 7 98 15
2013 NTT IndyCar Series 19 0 0 4 6 87 15
2012 NTT IndyCar Series 11 0 0 1 2 0 7
2011 NTT 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 NTT 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 193 37 34 78 113 2649 153

RAF = Running at Finish

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

NTT IndyCar Series Highlights

  • 2018
    • Finished seventh in the NTT IndyCar Series for Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan, winning the season-opening race at St. Petersburg for the second consecutive season.
    • Won first pole since 2014 when he won NTT P1 Award at ISM Raceway.
    • Had five top-five finishes, including a podium at Portland.
  • 2017
    • Finished 21st in the NTT IndyCar Series for Dale Coyne Racing, winning the season-opening race at St. Petersburg after starting 21st in the race.
    • Competed in only eight races after missing nine races due to injuries sustained in Indianapolis 500 qualifying crash.
    • Led an Indy car championship for the first time since he won the Champ Car title in 2007.
    • Had five top-10 finishes, including a second-place at Long Beach.
  • 2016
    • Finished 14th in the NTT 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 NTT 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 NTT IndyCar Series point standings for KVSH Racing, his best showing in Indy cars since he won the 2007 Champ Car title.
  • 2013
    • Finished 12th for Dragon Racing with a best finish of second at Toronto-1.
    • Recorded podium finishes at Toronto-2 and Baltimore, 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 or Firestone Fast Six three times (Toronto, Sonoma and Baltimore).
  • 2011
    • Competed in nine NTT 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
    • Victorious at Edmonton, Zolder, Road America, Surfers Paradise and Mexico City.
    • Won fourth consecutive Champ Car World Series title for Newman/Haas Racing with eight wins and six pole positions in 14 starts.
    • Claimed races at Long Beach, Houston and Portland.
  • 2006
    • Won third consecutive Champ Car title for Newman/Haas Racing with seven wins, including four straight to start the season.
    • Won at Long Beach, Houston, Monterrey, Milwaukee, San Jose, Montreal and Mexico City.
  • 2005
    • Repeated as Champ Car champion for Newman/Haas Racing with six victories.
  • 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 n Indianapolis 500 for Newman/Haas Racing, finishing 12th after late-race contact.
  • 2003
    • 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 to win Greg Moore Legacy Award.
    • Became 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.
    • Competed with Hand and Muller in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Petit Le Mans.
  • 2016
    • 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.
    • Competed with Hand and Muller in endurance races in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with best finish of second at Petit 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 Le Mans (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 One 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 Le Mans and 12 Hours of Sebring.
  • 2008
    • Finished 17th in the Formula One World Championship for Scuderia Toro Rosso with best finish of seventh at Australia and Belgium.
  • 2005
    • Won Crown Royal International Race of Champions event at Texas Motor Speedway.
    • Competed in Rolex 24 at Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring.
  • 2004
    • Finished third with co-driver Rod Millen in the SCORE Tecate Baja 1000.
    • Competed in 24 Hours of Le Mans and Race of Champions.
  • 2002
    • Won FIA International F3000 championship for Team Super Nova Racing with three wins (Imola, Monaco, Nurburgring) and six pole positions.
    • Finished second in FIA Sport Championship for Team Pescarolo Sport with two wins and one pole position.
    • Finished 10th in 24 Hours of Le Mans and won 24 Hours of Spa.
  • 2001
    • Finished fourth in FIA International F3000 championship for Team DAMS with one win (Silverstone).
    • Competed in both 24 Hours of Le Mans and 12 Hours of Sebring.
  • 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 codrivers 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.
Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan

The formation of Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan was announced on February 5, 2018. It is led by veteran driver and team owner Dale Coyne, 1996 Indy car champion Jimmy Vasser and sports marketer James “Sulli” Sullivan.

The team campaigns the No. 18 SealMaster Honda driven by Sebastien Bourdais for the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season.

Dale Coyne Racing has a long and storied history in Indy car racing. Starting in 1984 as an owner/driver, Dale Coyne ran seven seasons in CART. In 1990, he focused his efforts on the tutelage of several up-and-coming drivers. In July 2009, the team celebrated its first win with Justin Wilson at Watkins Glen. Wilson would also win at Texas Motor Speedway in 2012, and Mike Conway added a third in the first race of the 2013 Belle Isle doubleheader weekend.

Rookie Carlos Huertas made a surprising run to the checkered flag to win the first Houston race in 2014, notching the team’s fourth career triumph while Bourdais marked his return to the team by winning the 2017 season opener at St. Petersburg and the first race of 2018 as well..

Vasser and Sullivan previously successfully collaborated and were partners at KV Racing Technology and KVSH Racing, The combination won six races including the 2013 Indianapolis 500 with driver Tony Kanaan and five more over the next three years (2014-2016) with Bourdais behind the wheel.

Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan is based in Plainfield, Ill., about 40 miles southwest of downtown Chicago.

 

Team Website dalecoyneracing.com
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