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Bourdais in Talks with Dale Coyne Racing for 2017

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief

According to Racer.com, Sebastien Bourdais looks to be headed to Dale Coyne Racing for the 2017 Verizon Indycar Series season.

The 37-year-old Frenchman admitted to having conversation with several people due to the uncertain direction of KVSH Racing.

“I’m talking to a lot of people because Kevin (Kalkhoven, co-owner) cannot tell me what the plan is for 2017,” Bourdais said. “Dale and I have been talking since January about what we could do but I have not signed anything.”

When Bourdais returned in 2011 after a two-year sabbatical in Formula 1, it was Coyne that put him in a car. The longtime IndyCar owner didn’t commit to anything as of yet, but is considering the possibilities in play.

“We’re looking at all our options for next year,” Coyne said.

Jimmy Vasser, longtime driver now turned co-owner of KVSH Racing, doesn’t appear to have been involved in the discussions between Kalkhoven and Bourdais.

“I know nothing,” Vasser said.

Although Josef Newgarden is considered the hottest free agent on the market, losing Bourdais could be a major hit for KVSH Racing and potentially Chevrolet. The winner of four consecutive titles in Champ Car (2004-2007) with Newman/Haas Racing, Bourdais would be a welcomed addition to a struggling Honda camp that has only had two drivers in Graham Rahal and rookie Alexander Rossi reach Victory Lane.

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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