Sebastien Bourdais and Dalton Kellett have joined AJ Foyt Racing to share Tony Kanaan’s car for the road course races in the 2020 IndyCar season.
Four-time Champ Car champion Bourdais will drive the team’s lead no. 14 entry four four races, starting with the season opener at St. Petersburg, and also racing Barber Motorsports Park, Long Beach, and Portland.
“I am such a lucky man,” Bourdais said. “Starting my IndyCar career driving for Paul Newman and Carl Haas, and now I get to drive for AJ Foyt!
“I am both honoured and thankful for the opportunity Larry [Foyt] and his team have provided me with.
“Staying in the IndyCar series seemed like a long shot back in November.
“My team-mates and I will be working very hard to deliver the results this organisation deserves, and I can’t wait for St. Petersburg to come.”
Bourdais’ long-rumoured move to AJ Foyt Racing comes after his surprise departure from Dale Coyne Racing at the end of last year. He has since been replaced by Santino Ferrucci, with rookie driver Alex Palou joining the second year driver.
Kanaan will race the no. 14 car in the year’s five oval races, and Indy Lights graduate Kellett will be behind the wheel at the Austin, Indy Grand Prix, Detroit, Road America, Mid-Ohio and Laguna Seca rounds.
“I am honoured to compete in the 2020 IndyCar series with AJ Foyt Racing,” said Kellett, who finished seventh in Indy Lights last year.
“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, [Charlie] Kimball, and Bourdais.
“I’m looking forward to working with them and learning from their combined experience to grow as a driver.”