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Sebastien Bourdais, Dalton Kellett join Tony Kanaan at A.J. Foyt Racing

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Four-time IndyCar champion Sebastien Bourdais and NTT IndyCar Series rookie Dalton Kellet each will run partial schedules for A.J. Foyt Racing this season.

The duo will split the road and street course races in the team’s No. 14 Chevrolet, which Tony Kanaan will drive in the five oval races of the 2020 season as part of his “farewell tour”.

All three divers will be joined by teammate Charlie Kimball, who was recently announced as the full-time driver of No. 4 car this season.

Bourdais will pilot the No. 14 Chevrolet in four races this season, beginning with the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 15. The Frenchman also will join the team at Barber Motorsports Park, Long Beach and Portland.

“I am such a lucky man,” said Bourdais, who will also be running a full-time IMSA schedule this year. “Starting my IndyCar career driving for Paul Newman and Carl Haas, and now I get to drive for A.J. Foyt! I am both honored and thankful for the opportunity Larry and his team have provided me with. Staying in the NTT IndyCar series seemed like a long shot back in November. My teammates and I will be working very hard to deliver the results this organization deserves, and I can’t wait for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg to come.”

Kellet will make his IndyCar debut at Circuit of the Americas on April 26. He also will compete in both races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, both races in the doubleheader at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park circuit, Road America, Toronto, Mid-Ohio and Laguna Seca.

“I am honored to compete in the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series with AJ Foyt Racing,” Kellett said. “This opportunity is truly a dream come true for me, dating back to my days looking up to the drivers in INDYCAR back as a young go-karter. The pedigree and achievements of AJ Foyt Racing are historic in our sport, and I can’t wait to contribute to their ongoing success.”

A graduate of the Road to Indy Program, Kellet finished seventh in the Indy Lights points standings in 2019 driving for Juncos Racing. He also made his debut in IMSA’s Weathertech Sports Car Championship, where he won three class victories and one pole position in the LMP2 division.

“This season, there will be plenty to learn including the exciting challenge of adapting to an all-new car for me. Luckily, I am fortunate to be partnered with three series veterans in Kanaan, Kimball, and Bourdais. I’m looking forward to working with them and learning from their combined experience to grow as a driver.”

Team President Larry Foyt said the additions of Bourdais and Kellett will bring positive change to the team, which has struggled over the last several years. The team hasn’t won since Long Beach in 2013 with Takuma Sato.

“There will be many familiar faces in the Foyt garages this season, but there will be some new faces as well,” Foyt said. “Coming off a season we were disappointed with, changes were inevitable. I believe adding a multitime champion like Sebastien Bourdais to our team will help us as we regroup and work to regain a competitive position.

“Being able to retain Indy 500 champion Tony Kanaan is another source of excitement and will serve to push our oval program to a place where we can fight for victories. Dalton Kellett is a young driver who is intelligent and motivated, and with the experience around him, we feel he has the potential to show great things. Altogether, the 14 car has an intriguing lineup, and I’m excited to see how it plays out.”

Bourdais, Kellett and Kimball will participate in INDYCAR’s open test session Feb. 11-12 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

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IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.