IndyCar Driver Preview: Sebastien Bourdais

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#7 Sebastien Bourdais

  • Team: Dragon Racing
  • Engine: Chevrolet
  • Sponsors: TrueCar/McAfee
  • 2012: 25th Place, 1 Top Five

2012 WRAP: Bourdais played the “giant killer” role as much as possible in his 11 2012 starts. It began with an incredible drive from 17th to ninth in a Lotus-engined car at Barber (their only top-10 result), and also featured a fourth place at Mid-Ohio. Results went begging at Detroit, Toronto and Baltimore due to circumstances outside his control once he had access to a Chevrolet engine.

2013 OUTLOOK: Few serious IndyCar observers would argue Bourdais against being one of the top drivers in the series, and like Justin Wilson he has to make the most of the circumstances in a smaller team. He showed flashes of what he can do in 2012 and with a full season and Chevrolet engines, expect podiums and perhaps a return to victory lane for the four-time Champ Car series champion.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

Santino Ferrucci AJ Foyt
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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.