IndyCar Driver Review: Sebastien Bourdais


With the IndyCar season in the books and a limited amount of news to come since the season finale at Fontana, my MotorSportsTalk colleague Chris Estrada and are taking a look back at the 2013 season just past. Chris and I each ranked our top 10 drivers and some of the biggest stories; now we take a look back at the field driver-by-driver.

In 12th place, one of the second half stars, Sebastien Bourdais…


Sebastien Bourdais

  • Team: Dragon Racing
  • 2012: 25th Place (11 Starts), Best Finish 4th, Best Start 3rd
  • 2013: 12th Place, Best Finish 2nd, Best Start 2nd, 3 Podiums, 4 Top-5, 6 Top-10, 87 Laps Led, 13.8 Avg. Start, 13.0 Avg. Finish

DiZinno says: Hard to believe this was ‘ol “Seabass’” first full season of open-wheel racing since his rookie Formula One year of 2008, and his first full season in the States since his fourth and final Champ Car title in 2007. Bourdais wasn’t able to overcome setup deficiencies in the first half of the year. Still, he’s had giant-killing performances for Dragon before (his ninth place finish in a Lotus engine at Barber 2012 is the gold standard) and with the engineering switch from Neil Fife to Tom Brown, the Bourdais of old made a welcome comeback. The Frenchman scored the fifth most points in the second half of the year, with three podiums and at least two or three potential wins that went begging. If KV assembles a consistent engineering effort around him in 2014, look out.

Estrada says: It was, quite simply, a tale of two seasons for Bourdais. Through the first 11 races, the Dragon Racing camp struggled in set-ups and the Frenchman’s top finish was a mere 11th at both St. Petersburg and Belle Isle Race 2. But upon installing Tom Brown as engineer, Bourdais immediately responded with a double-podium weekend in Toronto (second in Race 1, third in Race 2) and went on to another Top-3 effort in Baltimore after fighting for the win there. The question now is whether KVSH can capitalize on his enormous talent on road/street circuits and give him a car capable of delivering wins next season.

Formula E announces Portland, Oregon as US race in 2023

Formula E Portland 2023
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The American date for the 2023 Formula E schedule will move from Brooklyn, New York to Portland, Oregon on June 24, 2023, filling the calendar at 16 rounds. This will be the first time in the nine-year history of the series that they have raced on the West Coast in only the third different city in the United States. Miami hosted one Formula E race in 2015. The series has visited the United States every season except 2020 due to the COVID-1+9 pandemic.

The 2023 race will be Round 12.

“We are excited to bring the premier electric motorsport world championship to Portland for the first time in June next year,” said Alberto Longo, Co-Founder & Chief Championship Officer, Formula E in a press release. “There is a big, passionate fanbase for professional sports in the city, together with strong ecological credentials which makes Portland a perfect host for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

“The USA remains an important market for Formula E. We are delighted to maintain that critical presence and engage a new audience in the Pacific Northwest region in all-electric motorsport.”

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Last year’s American round in Brooklyn was made up of two races with Nick Cassidy from Envision Racing winning Race 1 and António da Costa from DS Techeetah taking the second race.

Portland will host only one Formula E race in 2023.

The 2023 season will be highlighted by the new Gen 3 car, which features a battery capable of generating 350 kilowatts with regeneration capability from both the front and rear axles. This contributes to a top speed of 200 miles per hour (m.p.h.), an increase of about 25 m.p.h. from last year.

The 2023 season also marks the entry of two new iconic teams, Maserati and McLaren, who completed their roster of drivers in late November with the addition of Jake Hughes.

Season 9 Calendar

Round 1:  January 3, Mexico City, Mexico
Rounds 2 & 3: January 27-28, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
Round 4: February 11, Hyderabad, India*
Round 5: February 6, Cape Town, South Africa*
Round 6: March 8, São Paulo, Brazil*
Rounds 7 & 8: April 22-23, Berlin, Germany
Round 9: May 6, Monaco
Rounds 10 & 11: June 3-4, Jakarta, Indonesia
Round 12: June 24, Portland, Oregon*
Rounds 13 & 14: July 15-16, Rome, Italy
Rounds 15 & 16: July 29-30, London

*subject to final FIA Safety and Technical checks,