Bourdais looking to pick up where he left off at Road America — nine years later

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When a driver wins a race, he invariably looks to repeat the next time he returns to the same track.

Sebastien Bourdais hopes to pick up from where he left off after winning at Road America – even though he’s had to wait nine years to get a chance to repeat.

Bourdais won the last Champ Car World Series race at the 4.048-mile, 14-turn high-speed track in central Wisconsin in 2007.

But now with the Verizon IndyCar Series bringing open-wheel Indy car racing back to Road America, Bourdais is very hopeful that the nine-year margin melts away and he is able to pick up where he left off.

“I am really looking forward to racing at Road America again,” Bourdais said. “It’s my favorite road course in the United States and like a lot of the tracks in Europe.

“I raced there four times back in the CART and Champ Car days and finished on the podium every time. At one point I was wondering if I would ever win there and finally did in my last race back in 2007.”

Bourdais has already scored one win this season: the first of the two back-to-back races at Belle Isle three weeks ago.

And with permanent road courses being one of his strengths as a racer, that’s why it’s not a surprise why Bourdais is looking forward so much to Road America.

“KVSH Racing had a good race car at the only permanent road course we’ve raced on this year at Barber, so the Hydroxycut machine should be fast right off the truck,” Bourdais said. “Hopefully, we can keep my streak of podiums at Road America alive or even get our second win of the season.”

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

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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.