Vasser returns to IndyCar with Coyne

The look Sebastien Bourdais will carry for nine races this year

Jimmy Vasser and James Sullivan have returned to IndyCar as team owners in a partnership with Dale Coyne Racing.

Sebastien Bourdais’ #18 Honda will now run as the Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan entry, while the #19 entry will still be DCR only.

Vasser, Sullivan, and Kevin Kalkhoven won the Indianapolis 500 as owners of KV Racing when Tony Kanaan took victory in 2013, but the team closed at the end of 2016 when an alliance with Carlin failed to materialise.

Bourdais, himself a race-winning KV driver from 2014 to 2016, will compete with SealMaster backing for nine of this year’s 17 races (including the Indianapolis 500) under a deal publicised alongside the partnership announcement.

“When Jimmy, Sulli and I met to discuss creating this partnership, it was very enticing,” said Coyne.

“They’ve had a lot of success in their previous years in IndyCar and I’m thrilled to have them as partners.”

Vasser, the 1996 Champ Car champion, was a team owner in Champ Car and subsequently IndyCar for over a decade, and expressed his pleasure to be back in the series.

“First, I want to acknowledge Kevin Kalkhoven, who gave both Sulli and myself the forum to be where we are today,” said Vasser.

“After extensive talks, I am very pleased and proud to say that we will be continuing that legacy.

“I took a year off from competition for the first time in many years and realised how much I missed it.

“This is the next chapter in my racing career, so I want to say thank you to Sulli, Dale, SealMaster, our sponsors and Sebastien.

“With their support, we are focused on recreating our prior success and again challenging for wins in 2018.”

A driver(s) for car #19 has not yet been named.

IndyCar Series 2018 full-time teams and drivers

Team Num Driver(s) Engine
Team Penske 1 Josef Newgarden Chevrolet
Team Penske 12 Will Power Chevrolet
Team Penske 22 Simon Pagenaud Chevrolet
AJ Foyt Racing 4 Matheus Leist Chevrolet
AJ Foyt Racing 14 Tony Kaanan Chevrolet
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 5 James Hinchcliffe Honda
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 6 Robert Wickens Honda
Chip Ganassi Racing 9 Scott Dixon Honda
Chip Ganassi Racing 10 Ed Jones Honda
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 15 Graham Rahal Honda
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 30 Takuma Sato Honda
Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan 18 Sebastien Bourdais Honda
Dale Coyne Racing 19 TBA Honda
Ed Carpenter Racing 20 Ed Carpenter (Ovals)
Jordan King (Roads/streets)
Ed Carpenter Racing 21 Spencer Pigot Chevrolet
Andretti Autosport 26 Zach Veach Honda
Andretti Autosport 27 Alexander Rossi Honda
Andretti Autosport 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Honda
Andretti Autosport with Curb-Agajanian 98 Marco Andretti Honda
Carlin 23 Charlie Kimball Chevrolet
Carlin 59 Max Chilton Chevrolet
Harding Racing 88 Gabby Chaves Chevrolet

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