By: Tanner Watkins
November 22, 2019 | 3:00 PM
In a dramatic turn of events that has seen this 2019-2020 IndyCar silly season reach a new height of unpredictability, it has been announced that multi-time open-wheel champion Sebastien Bourdais and his team Dale Coyne Racing would part ways before the 2020 season.
The decision was confirmed this afternoon in a press release published by Dale Coyne Racing.
“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,” commented Dale Coyne, team owner of Dale Coyne Racing.
“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.”
In a joint statement by Vasser-Sullian Racing co-owners Jimmy Vasser and James Sullivan, the pairing thanked Bourdais for his time spent driving for not only Dale Coyne Racing, but also their ventures with KVSH Racing – a history that spans 84 races between the trio.
In his career with Dale Coyne Racing, Bourdais amassed two victories (both at St. Petersburg) and five podium results while finishing 7th and 11th in his two full seasons as a DCR driver. Bourdais drove partial seasons for DCR in 2011 and 2017, the latter as a result of injuries sustained during Indianapolis 500 qualifications that May.
Following the announcement made by Dale Coyne Racing, Bourdais has been immediately linked to the new partnership between Mustang Sampling Racing and JDC-Miller Motorsports – a pair of stalwarts in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship.
Bourdais will join two-time IMSA series champion Joao Barbosa for the full 2020 IMSA Sportscar Championship campaign, which begins in January at Daytona.
“Following two very difficult weeks filled with uncertainty regarding my future, I am thrilled to get the opportunity to race a prototype again, be reunited with Joao, Ken and Brenda, and drive for JDC-Miller MotorSports and Mustang Sampling Racing,” said Bourdais.
“I want to thank Christian and everyone who made this possible. 2020 can’t come soon enough and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of our Cadillac DPi-V.R.”
It is unclear at this time whether or not Bourdais will have any involvement with IndyCar in 2020, though he would surely be an appetizing option in the month of May as a one-off pilot.
Stay tuned to Open-Wheels as we continue to monitor the 2019-2020 NTT IndyCar Series offseason, taking you right into March and the new year.
Header image by Chris Owens/INDYCAR.