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Coyne Vasser Sullivan announce 2019 IndyCar plans

Dale Coyne, Jimmy Vasser, and James Sullivan Announce Multi-Year Partnership

 SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS TO RETURN TO THE TEAM

(PLAINFIELD, IL) – January 23, 2019 – Dale Coyne Racing and Vasser-Sullivan announced today they have reached a new multi-year agreement that will see the two organizations competing together as co-entrants in the NTT IndyCar Series.

The team also confirmed that Sebastien Bourdais would return to the team as driver of the No. 18 SealMaster entry for all 17 races during the 2019 season.

“After nearly a year of planning in 2017, 2018 was really a trial to get to this point of a multi-year go-forward plan,” said Vasser-Sullivan co-owner James “Sulli” Sullivan. “We had flashes of brilliance, and most importantly we proved the new partnership worked. This is what we all wanted, and now we have a great platform to build on as we fight for the IndyCar Championship in the coming years.”

“I am really pleased that Jimmy, Sulli and I have reached an agreement to grow our partnership, and to have Sebastien returning”, said Dale Coyne owner of Dale Coyne Racing. “This next phase of our partnership will see the team with some more resources, equipment and funding. I’m quite looking forward to building upon what we started last year and taking it to the next level.”

Bourdais will campaign his second season for Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan and 14th in Indy cars during the 2019 season. Bourdais, the only driver to win four consecutive IndyCar championships (2004-2007 Champ Car), finished seventh in the 2018 championship standings. He scored eight top-10 finishes with five top-five showings and two podium performances (won at St. Petersburg, third at Portland, fourth in the INDYCAR GP and Pocono, fifth at Barber, sixth at Mid-Ohio and Sonoma and eighth at Texas).

The 39-year-old from Le Mans, France, has made 188 career IndyCar starts. He ranks sixth on the IndyCar career victory list with 37 wins, seventh in career poles with 34 and has won a race from the pole 18 times, third on the all-time list.

“I am very happy that Dale, Jimmy and Sulli are all moving forward together,” Bourdais said. “The project Dale and I started in 2017 will continue to develop over the next two years with the support of a lot of people and great sponsors. As we are getting closer to the beginning of the season, I am looking forward to seeing what we can achieve over the next two!”

Vasser-Sullivan co-owner Jimmy Vasser said, “We are excited to continue our relationship with Dale and to have Sebastien driving for us. Seb is without question one of the greatest drivers ever in an Indy car. All you have to do is look at some of his performances from last year to know what a talent he is. Sulli and I are looking forward to our future as Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan and improving on the success we started last year.”

Source: Team PR

BOURDAIS DRIVES SMART RACE TO FINISH SIXTH IN SEASON FINALE AT SONOMA RACEWA

BOURDAIS DRIVES SMART RACE TO FINISH SIXTH

IN SEASON FINALE AT SONOMA RACEWAY

 

FINISHES SEVENTH IN 2018 VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP

 

 

Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais piloted the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan car to a sixth place finish today in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season ending Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. Bourdais started 11th, on the first lap picked up three positions and essentially stayed in eighth until his first pit stop. He moved into seventh shortly after the stop and remained there until his second stop. Bourdais rejoined the race in sixth place, but dropped to seventh following his final stop on lap 63. He ran in seventh until the final lap of the race when he dramatically passed Alexander Rossi to finish sixth. Bourdais drove a smart race, taking advantage of the opportunities that presented themselves. He earned 56 points today (double points were awarded for the season finale) to finish the season seventh in the championship standings with 425 points.

 

Sebastien Bourdais Race Quote:

“We had to play the long game. It was a day where the tire degradation was really high and the stints were long. We pitted early when everybody freaked out with some apparent oil on the track, which I didn’t see. After that it was going to be long stints the rest of the way and the tires were struggling. We just did what we had to do. At the end of the day, it worked out and we finished seventh in the championship, which was the goal today. So I’m really happy with the result. Thanks to the SealMaster guys, thanks to all our sponsors and let’s all do it again next year.”

 

Fast Facts:

  • The seventh place finish for Bourdais comes in his first season with Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan.
  • It is the first top 10 finish in the final championship standings for Dale Coyne Racing since 2013 and the second best finish in the championship in the team’s 35 year history (Justin Wilson, sixth. Wilson also finished in the top 10 in 2009, eighth Wilson. Bruno Junqueira place seventh in 2007).
  • Bourdais scored eight top-10 finishes with five top-five showings and two podium performances in 2018. (Won at St. Petersburg, third at Portland, fourth in the INDYCAR GP and Pocono, fifth at Barber, sixth at Mid-Ohio and Sonoma and eighth at Texas).
  • In eight starts at Sonoma, Bourdais has finished in the top 10 six times with a best showing of third also in2012.
  • Bourdais concluded his 13th Verizon IndyCar Series season, third with Dale Coyne Racing and first with Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan.
  • The 2018 Grand Prix of Sonoma was Bourdais’ 188th Verizon IndyCar Series start and eighth at Sonoma Raceway.
  • In 188 career IndyCar starts, Bourdais has won 37 races (sixth all-time) and captured 34 pole positions (seventh all-time).
  • Bourdais is the only driver to win four consecutive IndyCar championships (2004 – 2007).
  • Bourdais, 39, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

 

BOURDAIS’ AMAZING WEEKEND ENDS WITH PODIUM FINISH AT GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND

Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary:

Sebastien Bourdais drove the No. 18 Gorilla Automotive Products – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan car to a third place finish today in the Grand Prix of Portland at Portland International Raceway. Bourdais, who overcame a huge crash in practice Saturday morning, qualified the car, nicknamed “Frankenstein” because it was rebuilt from spare parts, fourth. Starting from the outside of Row 2, Bourdais was collected in a first lap incident in Turn 3. The contact resulted in damage to his front wing forcing Bourdais to pit for repairs. When he rejoined the race he was in 21st position, last of the cars still running. The team altered their fuel strategy and finally got some luck with a couple of timely yellow flags allowing Bourdais to cycle to the front of the grid with enough fuel to race to a podium position, an amazing end to what had been a roller-coaster weekend.

Sebastien Bourdais Race Quote:

“It’s been a roller-coaster ride all weekend for the No. 18 Gorilla Automotive Products – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan team. We qualified really well after recovering from probably one of the biggest hits I have ever had on a road course. Three hours after the crash the car is back together and I put it near the top in qualifying. So I start fourth, get swallowed up in the incident on the first lap, cycle to the back, cycle to the front and finish third. These races are never over, I can’t thank my crew enough for what they have done this weekend. Just an amazing effort from the whole team. I am super proud and thanks to Dale (Coyne), Jimmy (Vasser) and Sulli (James Sullivan) for putting all this together.”

Fast Facts:

  • Bourdais earned 35 points today and is now ninth in the championship standings with 369 points. He is just nine points out of eighth, 22 out of seventh and 59 out of sixth with one race remaining but double points awarded.
  • Bourdais has scored seven top-10 finishes with five top-five showings and two podium performances. (Won at St. Petersburg, third at Portland, fourth in the INDYCAR GP and Pocono, fifth at Barber, sixth at Mid-Ohio and eighth at Texas).
  • In six starts at PIR, Bourdais has now finished on the podium five times (five consecutive times, finished 14th in his first PIR race in 2003) with two wins 2004 and 2007.
  • Bourdais is contesting his 13th Verizon IndyCar Series season, third with Dale Coyne Racing and first with Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan.
  • The 2018 Portland Grand Prix wias Bourdais’ 187th Verizon IndyCar Series start and sixth at Portland International Raceway.
  • In 187 career IndyCar starts, Bourdais has won 37 races (sixth all-time) and captured 34 pole positions (seventh all-time).
  • Bourdais is the only driver to win four consecutive IndyCar championships (2004 – 2007).
  • Bourdais, 39, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

BOURDAIS QUALIFIES FOURTH FOR PORTLAND GRAND PRIX

HEROIC EFFORT BY CREW FOLLOWING PRACTICE CRASH

Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Summary:
A heroic effort by the Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan crew, and a major assist from teammates of the No. 19 and No. 39 cars, allowed Sebastien Bourdais to overcome a huge crash in morning practice and qualify the No. 18 Gorilla Automotive Products car a solid fourth for tomorrow’s Portland Grand Prix at Portland International Raceway.

With just minutes remaining in the morning practice, Bourdais turned the fastest lap of the session. Shortly thereafter he entered the Turn 10-11 complex when suddenly he spun and slammed into the wall causing major damage to the rear of the car. The crew immediately flew into action and teammates from the other two Dale Coyne Racing cars jumped in to help. The extensive damage was repaired in under three hours allowing Bourdais to compete in the qualifying session. He went out in Group 2 in the first round of qualifying and despite not knowing the condition of the car advanced into the second round by placing fourth in Round 1. In Round 2 he logged the third quickest lap to advance to the Firestone Fast Six (the final round) where he notched the fourth fastest lap.

Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Quote:

“The Gorilla Automotive Products Honda No. 18 crew did an amazing job. Honestly, I am still not entirely sure what happened, but I probably just missed the apex by about a foot and got myself in the dirt and that was that. The line was that narrow. When I got out of the car I didn’t think we had a chance to get back out for qualifying, but the entire team, all three crews with Dale Coyne Racing and Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan just pulled together. Man, it was pretty impressive. The car was just about as good as it was this morning, so it was pretty amazing. My hats off to those guys. Hopefully we can get a good result out this for the crew and our sponsors.”

Fast Facts:

  • Bourdais has qualified in the top five six times and top10 nine times with one pole in 15 qualifying sessions this season (the grid at last weekend’s race at Gateway Motorsports Park was set by points due to inclement weather).
  • In addition to today’s fourth place qualifying spot, Bourdais captured the pole at Phoenix, qualified third for the INDYCAR Grand Prix and at Barber, fifth for the Indianapolis 500 and at Texas, sixth at Road America, eighth at Pocono and ninth at Long Beach.
  • In six qualifying attempts at PIR, Bourdais has now qualified in the top five all six times with a pole in 2004.
  • In five previous races at PIR, Bourdais has finished on the podium four times with two wins 2004 and 2007.
  • This is the fifth time Bourdais has reach the second round of road/street course qualifying and the fourth time he has made the Firestone Fast Six.
  • Bourdais is 10th in the championship standings with 334 points on the strength of six top-10 finishes (four in the top-five). Bourdais has a win at St. Petersburg, a fourth place finish in the INDYCAR GP and Pocono, a fifth at Barber (sixth at Mid-Ohio and eighth at Texas).
  • Bourdais is contesting his 13th Verizon IndyCar Series season, third with Dale Coyne Racing and first with Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan.
  • The 2018 Portland Grand Prix will be Bourdais’ 187th Verizon IndyCar Series start and sixth at Portland International Raceway.
  • In 186 career IndyCar starts, Bourdais has won 37 races (sixth all-time) and captured 34 pole positions (seventh all-time).
  • Bourdais is the only driver to win four consecutive IndyCar championships (2004 – 2007).
  • Bourdais, 39, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Broadcast Times:

Round 16 of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series, will be the Grand Prix of Portland, August 31 – September 2, at Portland International Raceway in Portland, OR.. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN at 2:3 0 p.m. ET.  It is also available on radio: XM 209 and IMS IndyCar Radio as well as online: IndyCar.com and Verizon IndyCar 15 app.

Bourdais notes for Portland

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS  #18 GORILLA AUTOMOTVE PRODUCTS – DALE COYNE RACING WITH VASSER-SULLIVAN Portland Grand Prix–Portland International Raceway– August 31 – September 2 Sebastien Bourdais Summary: Sebastien Bourdais will pilot the No. 18 Gorilla Automotive Products – Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan entry this weekend in the Portland Grand Prix at Portland International Raceway in Portland, OR….

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FIRST LAP SPIN ENDS BOURDAIS’ BOMMARITO AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 500

Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary: Sebastien Bourdais’ Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison IL, ended before it really got started. Bourdais, behind the wheel of the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan car, spun in Turn 2 of the first lap causing enough damage that he was unable…

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BOURDAIS POWERS WAY TO FOURTH PLACE FINISH IN ABC SUPPLY CO. INC. 500

Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary: In a race that was delayed by almost two hours due to a harrowing crash on the seventh lap, Sebastien Bourdais piloted the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan car to a fourth place finish in the ABC Supply Co. Inc. 500 at Pocono Raceway in Long…

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BOURDAIS HAS SOLID QUALIFYING EFFORT FOR ABC SUPPLY CO. INC. 500

Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Summary: Sebastien Bourdais had a solid qualifying run in the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan car, and will start eighth in tomorrow’s ABC Supply Co. Inc. 500 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA. Bourdais went out 13thof the 22 cars to make a qualifying attempt and recorded a…

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BOURDAIS HAS PHENOMENAL RACE GOES FROM LAST TO SIXTH IN HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO

Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais drove a phenomenal race today going from last on the grid to sixth in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH. Bourdais, in the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan car, started 24th after he was relegated to the back of the field for causing a red flag during yesterday’s qualifying. However, in the race he was on the move from the drop of the green flag making one remarkable pass after another on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn permanent road circuit where it is notoriously difficult to do so, Bourdais was in 12th by lap 25 of the 90- lap contest. He moved into 10th by lap 34, was solidly in the top 10 by lap 66 and never looked back. Bourdais improved a total of 18 positions with a minimum of 16 coming on passes made on the track with most coming by going around the outside. A difficult maneuver under any circumstances. Utilizing a strategy that allowed him to run in clean air, Bourdais capitalized on the speed the team knew was in the car to close the gaps and set up the numerous passes. He also benefitted from having three new sets of the Firestone alternate (red) tires because of his early exit from qualifying. Bourdais, while not the winner, was clearly the star of the race. 

 

Sebastien Bourdais Race Quote:

“Today was making up for a big mess up yesterday. It’s sad because the SealMaster Honda No. 18 car could have been a winner today with our pace. We had a good strategy and it was a heck of a drive. I don’t think it gets much better than that, going from 24th to 6th in a straight up fight (no caution flags) on a track that’s difficult to pass. Obviously, a lot of what ifs to come to mind, so it is a little bitter sweet. Overall, I am really happy with the day, but quite disappointed for the group as far as the weekend is concerned. I think we could have been on the podium.”

Fast Facts:

  • This is Bourdais’ fifth top-10 finishes (three in the top-five) of the season. In addition to today’s sixth place showing he has a win at St. Petersburg, a fourth place finish in the INDYCAR GP, a fifth at Barber Motorsports Park and placed eighth in Texas.
  • In eight starts at Mid-Ohio, he has now finished in the top 10 five times with three top-five performances and a best showing of second in 2014.
  • Bourdais earned 28 points for his effort today vaulting him from 12th place in the championship standings to 10th with 293 points.
  • Bourdais is contesting his 13th Verizon IndyCar Series season, third with Dale Coyne Racing and first with Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan.
  • The 2018 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio was Bourdais’ 184th Verizon IndyCar Series start.
  • In 184 career IndyCar starts, Bourdais has won 37 races (sixth all-time) and captured 34 pole positions (seventh all-time).
  • Bourdais is the only driver to win four consecutive IndyCar championships (2004 – 2007).
  • Bourdais, 39, is a native of Le Mans, France but resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

 

Next Race and Broadcast Times:
Round 14 of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series, will be the ABC Supply Co. Inc 500, August 19, at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN at 1:30 p.m. ET.  It is also available on radio: XM 209 and IMS IndyCar Radio as well as online: IndyCar.com and Verizon IndyCar 15 app.

TURN 2 INCIDENT ENDS BOURDAIS QUALIFYING RUN FOR THE HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO

Sebastien Bourdais Qualifying Summary: Sebastien Bourdais had an incident in Turn 2 on the “out” lap of the Round 1, Group 2 qualifying session and will start 24thin tomorrow’s Honda Indy 200 on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH. Bourdais, behind the wheel of the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing with…

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