Four-time ChampCar champion Sébastien Bourdais will remain with IndyCar Series outfit Dragon Racing on a multi-year deal, it has been announced.
In his second season of his return to the American open-wheel racing scene, the Frenchman has endured a year of highs and lows.
The team’s engine deal, with Lotus, was confirmed on the eve of the season-opener at St Petersburg, leaving the two-car squad with no development time to hone the awful package.
Quickly realising that the Lotus engines would never come good, the team acrimoniously split with the British engine firm and took on Chevrolet power before the Indianapolis 500.
However, the move meant that Dragon Racing had to spend much of the rest of the season running as a single-car entity, with Bourdais contesting the road and street circuit events, while Legge contested the remaining oval races.
Despite this disrupted program, Bourdais quickly settled in and proved extremely competitive for the little squad. He claimed a fine fourth place at Mid-Ohio, and was on course for a podium at Sonoma until he was eliminated from proceedings in an enormous accident with Josef Newgarden.
“It’s a privilege to have Séb once again piloting the #7 Dragon Racing entry,” team owner Jay Penske said in a media release confirming Bourdais’ re-signing.
“[The 2012 season] was a challenge for us on so many levels, but toward the end of last season we demonstrated that with the right equipment and strategy, Dragon is a force to be reckoned with. The best is yet to come.”
Dragon Racing has not yet confirmed if it will retain Legge’s services.
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