Bourdais will have the opportunity to settle in to the new car during 8Star's DP test at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Florida on Thursday and Friday this week. The Frenchman won last year's inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Alex Popow, and is seeking to start his latest alliance with similar success.
"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," he continued. "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."
"Sebastien brings a lot of experience to the 8Star Motorsports that will make the #4 team a race contender hopefully a race winner," said Enzo Potolicchio, team owner and co-driver of the #3 car with Stephane Sarrazin. "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."
Also testing the waters in GRAND-AM in upcoming weeks is 2013 Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan, who has signed up to race the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates #02 Riley-BMW Daytona Prototype alongside Joey Hand next weekend in a one-off entry for the car at IMS.
"Any day that you're invited to drive at Indianapolis is a good day, especially with a top team like CGRFS," said Kanaan. "Not a lot of drivers have the chance to race twice at Indy on the same year, so I'm obviously excited about driving the #02 NTT Data car during the Brickyard weekend and putting on a good show for the fans."
Joey Hand said that he was also thrilled to be back in action with the team. "It's especially exciting to be at Indy; it's my first time racing anything there, and to be there with Tony, the Indy 500 winner, is just amazing.
"Tony and I actually go way back," he added. "We had dinner once when I was coming up in the sport, and since then, we've kept in touch, and now I get to go racing with him, with a team that wants to win, and that's everything I could dream of having. I'm a really happy guy."