The four-time Champ Car Champion, Sebastien Bourdais, is returning to the Dale Coyne Racing team this season. The Frenchman first joined the team in 2011 following his two-year stint in Formula One. Bourdais’ accomplishments speak for themselves as he sits amongst the best of the best in different open-wheel racing categories (statistics are as of the end of the 2016 season).
Best Points Finish: 1st (2004-2007, Champ Car)
Only Indy car driver to win four consecutive championships (2004-2007 in Champ Car).
Tied for seventh on Indy car career race wins list with 35.
Tied for seventh in career poles with 33 and has won race from the pole 18 times, third on all-time list.
Drove two seasons in Formula One (2008-2009).
Won Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2014 and 2017, the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans in 2015 with Action Express Racing.
Won the GT Class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Ford GT Team and finished second three times with Team Peugeot.
Zach began his campaign to reach the highest tiers of motorsports in 2006 (aged 8), when he was discovered by a group of professional drivers at the local go-karting track, and at age 12, Zach seized his first Canadian National Karting Championship. By 2015 (aged 16), Zach claimed two additional Canadian National Championships and made the jump to open-wheel racing in Europe’s Formula 3 MSV Cup, where he posted an undefeated record while only competing part-time. In 2016 (aged 17), Zach landed his first full-time open-wheel drive in the Verizon IndyCar Series' official feeder series, called Indy Lights, with the 2015 defending champions, Juncos Racing.
In 2017, Zach’s results drew the attention of Carlin Motorsports, the 2016 defending champions. Upon signing with Carlin for his sophomore season in Indy Lights, Zach earned his first Indy Lights race win, set 3 fastest laps, and delivered seven top 5 and thirteen top 10 finishes, and in just his second year in open-wheel racing, Zach exceeded the pace of his Indy Lights competitors with up to triple his experience.
In 2017, with Paysafe’s backing, Zach made his debut in Indy car racing by competing in the Sonoma race in September. At 19, he is one of the youngest drivers ever to have competed in the series.
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Grandson of the two-time Formula 1 World Champion and double Indy 500 winner, Emerson Fittipaldi, the Miami-born Brazilian quickly rose through the American karting ranks to become one of the brightest talents in junior racing. His driving skills soon took him to stock car racing, and at just 15 years old he became the first Latin American NASCAR champion in the Limited Late Model category.
The lure of continuing the Fittipaldi legacy in open-wheel racing inevitably took him to the UK in 2013 - an intensely competitive arena for honing a driver's skills and a tried and tested route into Formula 1. Promising debut stints in the single-seater 2013 Formula Renault BARC and BRDC F4 Championships - including podiums and a race win - were made more impressive given the seamless transition from racing stock cars since 2010.
In 2014, Pietro Fittipaldi dominated the British Formula Renault Protyre championship and was named 2014 champion with the Silverstone final race still to go. Pietro also raced in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and tested in Formula Renault World Series 3.5.
In 2015, Pietro competed in the FIA European Formula 3, where he secured three rookie podiums, and raced in the MRF Challenge from October 2015 to January 2016, where he claimed the championship with one race to spare.
In 2017, Pietro won the World Series 3.5 V8 Championship, as well as broke the World Series Championship record for most pole positions with 10, a record that was previously tied between Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull F1) and Kevin Magnussen (Haas F1) who both scored 8 poles in one season.
Having grown up as a race fan, Pippa Mann began her motorsport career in Europe, before moving to the States in 2009 to compete in the Firestone Indy Lights Series. There she became the first female in history to win a pole at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and only the second woman ever to win an Indy Lights race. In 2011, Mann became the eighth woman in history to qualify for and race in the Indianapolis 500, and the first British female to do so, and in 2013 she made her return to the Indy 500 field, this time with Dale Coyne Racing. In addition to her racing commitments, the British driver is a regular voice on IMS Radio Network’s coverage of the Verizon IndyCar Series, and has made guest appearances as co-presenter for NBCSN’s television coverage of the Firestone Indy Lights series. Mann also works with young and upcoming female drivers through her association with Glass Hammer Racing – an organization created to encourage the interest and participation of young women in motorsport.