Four-time Champ Car title-winner Sébastien Bourdais has signed a two-year deal with the KVSH Racing team, replacing Tony Kanaan, whose move to the Chip Ganassi Racing team was announced a little over a week ago.
Having driven for the Dragon Racing team for the past two seasons following a part-time return to the IndyCar series in 2011, the outfit has opted to invest more of its resources into the new Formula E championship, in which it is entering a team.
Facing a scaled-back program with Dragon Racing, Bourdais has opted to switch camps after talks of a potential tie-up with the Andretti Autosports team fell through.
“I have raced against [Sebastien] and can say, without a doubt that he is an exceptional driver,” KVSH Racing co-owner Jimmy Vasser told the Associated Press.
“We look forward to winning a lot of races with him.”
The KVSH Racing team – jointly owned by Vasser, Kevin Kalkhoven and James Sullivan – has had a solid 2013 season, with the major highlight being its Indianapolis 500 victory for Kanaan, while the team’s second driver Simona de Silvestro claimed her maiden podium finish a fortnight ago at Houston.
De Silvestro’s future with the team is, as yet, still unclear. It is understood that her management team is scouting interest from other teams in the Swiss driver, who is a popular member of the series.