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Bourdais to Drive 8Star's No. 4 for Balance of Grand-Am Season (Update) UPDATE Sebastien Bourdais has become the sixth Indianapolis 500 veteran to join the field for the Brickyard Grand Prix sports car race Friday, July 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Bourdais will team with Emilio DiGuida in the No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype fielded by 8Star Motorsports on the 13-turn, 2.534-mile IMS Grand Prix road circuit. The three-hour GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race starts at 5:30 p.m. (ET).

Four-time Champ Car World Series champion Bourdais won the inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix last year teamed with Alex Popow in a Starworks entry. He joins fellow Indianapolis 500 starters Tony Kanaan, AJ Allmendinger, Max Papis, Christian Fittipaldi and Scott Pruett in this year's field.

"There are a lot of very good and talented people at 8Star, and I'm happy to be involved," Bourdais said. "I'm very much looking forward to racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, obviously, having won last year's inaugural GRAND-AM race there. Indy is a pretty cool event and a cool track.

"I'm thankful to Jay Penske for allowing me to combine this with my IndyCar program with Dragon Racing. I'm a Chevrolet driver in the IndyCar Series, so it's great to be driving a Corvette DP in the GRAND-AM series."

Bourdais and DiGuida will race as teammates to 8Star's No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette driven by Stephane Sarrazin, Michael Valiante and Enzo Potolicchio. That team is sixth in the 2013 Daytona Prototype team standings, with runner-up finishes at the last two races.

"The No. 3 car has been pretty racy the last couple of races and the No. 4 is pretty much the same car, so I'm pretty excited about the prospects to drive for a new team that's sorting itself out pretty quickly," Bourdais said. "Emilio is a good gentleman driver and given the format of the series, it's always an opening for a good result for an amateur and a pro.

"Stephane and I were teammates at Le Mans in 2007 and 2009 and in different team cars after that, so I know him pretty well. He's a very quick driver, so it will be good to reunite with him on the team."

Bourdais, from Le Mans, France, has one of the most impressive resumes among active drivers in global motorsports. He won 31 races and four championships in Champ Car from 2003-07 and has finished runner-up in the Le Mans 24 Hours three times. He also drove for Scuderia Toro Rosso in Formula One in 2008-09.

He finished second and third, respectively, on July 13-14 for Dragon Racing in the IZOD IndyCar Series double-header at Toronto. Bourdais also has raced in the Indianapolis 500 in 2005, 2012 and 2013.

07/17/13 8Star Motorsports has signed four-time Champ Car World Series champion Sebastien Bourdais to drive its No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette DP for the five races remaining on the 2013 Rolex GRAND-AM Series Daytona Prototype season schedule.

Bourdais, 34, drove to the overall victory with co-driver Alex Popow in last year’s inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He has made eight DP starts since 2005, including four Rolex 24 at Daytona races (2005-06, 2010, 2013) and this past June 29 at Watkins Glen (N.Y) International. He also competes fulltime in the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series and has 34 series starts since 2005. Bourdais finished second and third, respectively, in last weekend’s IndyCar Series doubleheader at the street circuit in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.



The Le Mans, France, native will participate in 8Star’s DP test July 18-19 at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Fla., in preparation for the July 26 Brickyard Grand Prix. He will share driving duties in the No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette DP with Emilio DiGuida who finished 11th for 8Star in his DP debut at Watkins Glen.

“There’s a lot of very good and talented people at 8Star and I’m happy to be involved,” said Bourdais. “The No. 3 car has been pretty racy the last couple of races and the No. 4 is pretty much the same car so I’m pretty excited about the prospects to drive for a new team that’s sorting itself out pretty quickly. Emilio is a good gentleman driver and, given the format of the series, it’s always an opening for a good result for an amateur and a pro. Stephane (Sarrazin, driver of 8Star Motorsports’ No. 3 Corvette DP) and I were teammates at Le Mans in 2007 and 2009, and in different team cars after that, so I know him pretty well. He’s a very quick driver so it will be good to reunite with him on the team.

“I’m very much looking forward to racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, obviously, having won last year’s inaugural Grand-Am race there. Indy is a pretty cool event and a cool track. I’m thankful to Jay Penske for allowing me to combine this with my IndyCar program with Dragon Racing. I’m a Chevrolet driver in the IndyCar Series so it’s great to be driving a Corvette DP in the Grand-Am Series.”

Bourdais earned 31 Champ Car victories, 44 podium finishes, and 31 pole positions in 73 starts from 2003-2007, and was named series rookie of the year in 2003. He has made 10 starts in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, garnering three runner-up finishes (2007, 2009, 2011) in the LMP1 class, co-driving with Sarrazin in 2007 and 2009. Bourdais competed in 27 Formula One races for Toro Rosso in 2008-09 and has two V8 Supercar victories to his credit, both at Surfer’s Paradise in Queensland, Australia, first in 2011 and again in 2012.

“Sebastien brings a lot of experience to the 8Star Motorsports that will make the No. 4 team a race contender hopefully a race winner,” said Enzo Potolicchio, owner/co-driver of 8Star Motorsports. “We were teammates last year in the Six Hours of The Glen and we finished really well. He's adapted to the Daytona Prototype car really fast in just a few races. He’s definitely showed his talent and speed in these cars. Our engineers will benefit from having a driver in the No. 4 car with a lot of experience who will further develop our two-car program. The benefits will show before the end of the season and will help Emilio improve quickly and perhaps a race winner. I also want to thank Jay Penske and Dragon Racing for giving Sebastien the opportunity to drive with 8Star in the Grand-Am Series.”

The No. 3 8Star Corvette DP team, with drivers Sarrazin, Michael Valiante, and Potolicchio, is currently sixth in the 2013 GRAND-AM Daytona Prototype team point standings. Runner-up finishes in the previous two races, at Mid-Ohio and Watkins Glen, moved the team within 12 points of fifth place and only 17 points out of the lead with five races remaining.
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