Bourdais, Kellett to share #14 Foyt car with Kanaan

Four-time Champ Car Series champion Sebastien Bourdais and IndyCar rookie Dalton Kellett will share the #14 AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet in 2020 with Tony Kanaan.

Bourdais, Kellett to share #14 Foyt car with Kanaan

Following 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Kanaan’s announcement last week that the NTT IndyCar Series’ five oval races in 2020 will comprise his final multi-race season in U.S. open-wheel racing, the legendary Foyt squad has revealed the line-up for the remaining events.

Bourdais, a 37-time winner at this level, will race at St. Petersburg, Barber Motorsports Park, Long Beach and Portland. The remaining eight races will see Foyt’s iconic #14 seat ride occupied by Kellett, who has finished seventh in each of the last two seasons of Indy Lights, and the Canadian will drive a third Foyt entry in the Indy 500.

All three drivers will partner with Charlie Kimball, who two weeks ago was confirmed as a full-time driver of the #4 car.

Bourdais, who suddenly lost his ride with Dale Coyne Racing last November but landed a full-time IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar seat in JDC-Miller Motorsports’ Cadillac DPi-V.R, said: “I am such a lucky man, starting my Indy car career driving for Paul Newman and Carl Haas, and now I get to drive for A.J. Foyt!

"I am both honored and thankful for the opportunity Larry and his team have provided me with. Staying in the NTT IndyCar Series seemed like a long shot back in November.

“My teammates and I will be working very hard to deliver the results this organization deserves, and I can't wait for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg to come."

Kellett, who will test along with Bourdais and Kimball at Circuit of The Americas next week, will make his IndyCar race debut at COTA on April 26. He will also compete in the Indianapolis Grand Prix, the Indy 500 (in an extra Foyt entry), both races in Detroit, Road America, Toronto, Mid-Ohio and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Kellett, 26, took pole for the Freedom 100 Indy Lights race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year.

He said: "I am honored to compete in the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series with AJ Foyt Racing. This opportunity is truly a dream come true for me, dating back to my days looking up to the drivers in IndyCar back as a young go-karter.

“The pedigree and achievements of AJ Foyt Racing are historic in our sport, and I can’t wait to contribute to their ongoing success. This season, there will be plenty to learn including the exciting challenge of adapting to an all new car for me.

“Luckily, I am fortunate to be partnered with three series veterans in Kanaan, Kimball, and Bourdais. I’m looking forward to working with them and learning from their combined experience to grow as a driver.

“Thank you to the team and my partners for this opportunity. It will be an honor to represent K-Line Insulators USA at this level of the sport."

Team president Larry Foyt commented: “There will be many familiar faces in the Foyt garages this season, but there will be some new faces as well. Coming off a season we were disappointed with, changes were inevitable.

“I believe adding a multi-time champion like Sebastien Bourdais to our team will help us as we regroup and work to regain a competitive position. Being able to retain Indy 500 champion Tony Kanaan is another source of excitement and will serve to push our oval program to a place where we can fight for victories.

“Dalton Kellett is a young driver who is intelligent and motivated, and with the experience around him, we feel he has the potential to show great things. Altogether, the #14 car has an intriguing lineup, and I'm excited to see how it plays out.” 

shares
comments
Schmidt: Fans deserve to see Alonso in the Indy 500 again

Previous article

Schmidt: Fans deserve to see Alonso in the Indy 500 again

Next article

Supercars ace McLaughlin confirmed at Penske in IndyCar GP

Supercars ace McLaughlin confirmed at Penske in IndyCar GP
Load comments
IndyCar’s longest silly-season is still at fever pitch Prime

IndyCar’s longest silly-season is still at fever pitch

The 2021 IndyCar silly season is one of the silliest of all, but it’s satisfying to see so many talented drivers in play – including Callum Ilott. David Malsher-Lopez reports.

IndyCar
Sep 11, 2021
IndyCar young guns are great, but the elders aren’t done yet Prime

IndyCar young guns are great, but the elders aren’t done yet

The ace 20-somethings in IndyCar have risen to become title contenders, but the best of the series veterans are digging deep and responding – and will continue to do so over the next couple of years, says David Malsher-Lopez.

IndyCar
Aug 20, 2021
The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career Prime

The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career

Emerson Fittipaldi’s decision to go racing with his brother led to him falling out of F1, but he bloomed again on the IndyCar scene. NIGEL ROEBUCK considers a career of two halves

Formula 1
Jul 31, 2021
The lasting legacy of a fallen Indy car rookie Prime

The lasting legacy of a fallen Indy car rookie

Jeff Krosnoff was plucked out of obscurity to become a respected and highly popular professional in Japan, and then got his big break in CART Indy car for 1996. But a tragic accident at Toronto 25 years ago cut short a promising career and curtailed his regular teammate Mauro Martini's passion for racing.

IndyCar
Jul 14, 2021
The winners and losers in IndyCar 2021 – Mid-season review Prime

The winners and losers in IndyCar 2021 – Mid-season review

At the halfway point in the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season, we've had seven winners in eight races, spread between five teams – none of them Team Penske. In this unusual season, even by IndyCar standards, who’s excelling and who’s dragging their heels? David Malsher-Lopez reports.

IndyCar
Jun 18, 2021
The joy that exposes F1’s key weakness Prime

The joy that exposes F1’s key weakness

Long-awaited wins for ex-Formula 1 drivers Marcus Ericsson and Kevin Magnussen in IndyCar and IMSA last weekend gave F1 a reminder of what it is missing. But with the new rules aimed at levelling the playing field, there’s renewed optimism that more drivers can have a rewarding result when their day of days comes

Formula 1
Jun 17, 2021
Castroneves: How I kept it under control to make Indy 500 history Prime

Castroneves: How I kept it under control to make Indy 500 history

Helio Castroneves’ overwhelming vivaciousness outside the cockpit belies a hardcore racer who knows how to plot his moves – and then recall it all for us. A day after his fourth Indy 500 win, Helio explained his tactics to David Malsher-Lopez.

IndyCar
Jun 2, 2021
How 'chess master' Castroneves cemented his Indy legend status Prime

How 'chess master' Castroneves cemented his Indy legend status

Helio Castroneves joined AJ Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears with the most Indianapolis 500 wins after sweeping around the outside of Alex Palou on the penultimate lap in a thrilling climax. In one race, he validated Michael Shank's and Jim Meyer's faith in him, and Helio himself discovered there's life after Penske after all.

IndyCar
Jun 1, 2021