Driver #18 SealMaster Honda Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan entry
IndyCar Starts: 172
Best Finish: 1st
Best Start: 1st
Sebastien Bourdais was born to race. A native of Le Mans, France (a.k.a. the cradle of endurance racing), he was first introduced to racing by his father Patrick, who had success of his own on four wheels and who took part in the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans between 1993 and 2006.
Bourdais received his first kart in 1989 and the results came shortly thereafter on the national level.
He won his first championship in 1991 and moved up to single seaters in 1995, to race in Formula Campus. After racing in Formula Renault and F3 for a few seasons ending his run in F3 by claiming top honors in 1999.
The start of the new millennium marked a new chapter for Bourdais, as he moved up to International competition and into F3000. After placing ninth and fourth in the standings in his first two seasons of F3000, he was crowned Champion in 2002.
It was then time for Bourdais to chase his ultimate dream, Formula 1. While he signed a contract with the Arrows Formula 1 team, they would soon go into bankruptcy and the Frenchman would find himself chasing another dream. The American dream.
In 2003, Bourdais would sign with Newman/Haas Racing in the Champ Car World Series and would rewrite the record books. He won three times in his rookie season and dominated the Series from 2004 to 2007, winning the Championship each season. He would end his Champ Car career with 31 wins in 73 starts.
Bourdais would finally realize his Formula 1 dream in 2008, but would return to the United States in 2011 to take part in a partial season of IndyCar Series competition with Dale Coyne Racing. After a handful of years spent with Dragon Racing and KVSH Racing, in which he would score four wins, Bourdais announced in October of 2016 that he was returning to Dale Coyne Racing for the 2017 season. Bourdais kicked off that season by picking up a win at his home event in St. Petersburg. For 2018, Bourdais will be piloting the #18 SealMaster Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan entry.
Some of Bourdais’ career highlights include:
– Sitting sixth on the all-time Indy car wins list with 37. He’s also tied for seventh in poles (33).
– Winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona overall in 2014 and taking top honors in the GTLM class this season.
– Winning the GT Class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016.