IndyCar driver Sebastien Bourdais contributed to Action Express Racing’s run to the 2014 North American Endurance Cup title in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, and now, the Frenchman has been confirmed to be part of AXR’s defense of the Cup in 2015.
Bourdais, who helped AXR in three of their four NAEC podium finishes in 2014, will co-drive the team’s No. 5 Corvette DP in the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring, and the season-ending Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
“It is very exciting to be able to return with Action Express Racing in 2015,” said Bourdais in a release. “Having teammates with the credentials of João Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi is an opportunity you seldom receive in racing, and one I cherish.
“Hopefully we will repeat as the [NAEC] champions, and start by returning to Victory Lane in the Rolex 24 At Daytona as we did last season.”
In addition to helping Barbosa and Fittipaldi in the aforementioned Rolex win this past January, he also took part in AXR’s third place finish at Sebring and runner-up finish in the Petit.
“I am extremely pleased to have Sébastien back at Action Express Racing for the North American Endurance events next season,” said AXR team owner Bob Johnson. “Having a driver of Sébastien’s caliber puts Action Express Racing in a great spot to claim the endurance title, as well as the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship again in 2015.
“Sébastien is a tremendous talent, and he is a great person to have in the Action Express Racing family.”
This Saturday, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will debut a new exhibit honoring one of the most successful teams in American motorsports.
Titled “Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute,” the exhibit will display several significant cars, trophies, and other artifacts from CGR’s storied racing history. Ganassi will formally be honored April 15, 2020 at the Petersen’s Annual Racers Night before the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Vehicles displayed in the exhibit will include the 1983 Patrick Wildcat MK9B raced by Chip Ganassi to his best finish in the Indianapolis 500, the Lexus-powered Riley MK X1 raced by Scott Dixon in the 2006 24 Hours of Daytona, the Dallara IR-05 driven to victory by Dario Franchitti in the 2010 Indianapolis 500, the Ford GT that finished first in the LM GTE category at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Kurt Busch in the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series.
“Chip Ganassi is an influential member of the automotive community, and his team’s penchant for success is a reflection of his raw skill and passion for the sport,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Complemented by a visually dynamic and compelling 180-degree video, ‘Chip Ganassi Racing’will celebrate the team’s victories and tell its story while taking visitors on a trip down memory lane.”
“Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute” will run through January 31, 2021. The museum will host a ticketed opening reception on December 13. More information on the Petersen Museum can be found at www.petersen.org.