|Bourdais won in Detroit|
Sebastien Bourdais would like to continue with KVSH Racing for his fourth consecutive season and team co-owner Jimmy Vasser says the feeling is mutual.
"We'd like to keep him; we've won four races in three years, and keep him with our engineer Olivier [Boisson], but certainly, the financial pieces aren't all in place as of yet," Vasser told RACER. "We're meant to sit down this weekend; everybody has been in different places over this mini break, so we'll get together and start talking about next year and what we want to do."
Bourdais has been encouraged by the interest shown by KVSH to make a push toward moving further up the grid in 2017.
"I know [KVSH co-owner] Kevin [Kalkhoven] told me he wants to get the team more back on track, and for right now, I'm just focusing on doing the best I can with the races that are left and go from there," Bourdais said.
"We missed a couple of opportunities, and got taken out three times in races, which doesn't help. As tough as the field is, you can't leave that many points on the table. Thankfully we scored a win, but we don't have much [else] to show for it, so I know the entire team is pushing like hell to get some better results before we're done this year."
The off season was a trying time for KVSH as it pared its Chevy-powered IndyCar program from two cars to one, and parted ways with numerous team members. The win at the first round in Detroit (below) was a much-needed boost to the No. 11 entry, and as the months have passed, Bourdais' passionate outfit have come together to form a competitive squad at most events. Provided he returns with KVSH, he'd like to see Kalkhoven, Vasser, and the third co-owner, James "Sulli" Sullivan, build upon that form.
bourdais detroit"I like the environment and just hope we could be a little bit more steady," Bourdais added. "After replacing so many things over winter, we've done a good job to recover, but I would not want to do that all over again. I think if we could create more consistency from this year to the next, we could definitely be stronger on a more regular basis."
Between IndyCar outings with KVSH, Bourdais has kept busy as a member of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing's sportscar team in IMSA's WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and, notably, at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Le Mans native managed to win his home race for the first time in June with co-drivers Joey Hand and Dirk Muller, and while he hasn't heard if he'll be retained for the endurance events next year, it could be little more than a formality.
"On the sportscar side with Ganassi, I get the impression they want to continue," he said.
If the Frenchman stays with KVSH, and Team Penske continues with its four-driver line-up], almost 25 percent of the current grid would be solidified for 2017. With a few changes anticipated in other teams, however, the silly season is far from over. IndyCarBuzz