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Bourdais moves to KVSH Racing for 2014

Sebastien Bourdais will move to the KVSH Racing team in 2014 to replace Tony Kanaan who has signed for Ganassi, it was revealed on Wednesday.
Four-time Champ Car World Series champion Sebastien Bourdais will race for KVSH Racing in 2014, the team announced on Wednesday.

"I am extremely pleased to announce that Sebastien Bourdais will be driving for KVSH Racing for the next two years," said team co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven in a statement. "Sebastien is a proven champion and we look forward to working with him to produce more championships."

After returning to US open wheel racing in 2011 with Dale Coyne, Bourdais has been competing with Jay Penske's Dragon Racing squad for the last two seasons but now moves to KVSH for 2014 and 2015 in place of Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan.

The team also announced a change to its name - from KV Racing - to reflect the addition of James 'Sulli' Sullivan as a team co-owner alongside Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser.

"I am very pleased and proud to say that we have Sebastien Bourdais driving a KVSH Racing car," said Vasser. "I have raced against him and can say without a doubt that he is an exceptional driver and a true champion. We look forward to winning a lot of races with him."

Bourdais thanked the team principals for the opportunity he was taking up. "The fact that I have an agreement with KVSH Racing so early, and that I have a two-year contract, shows the team's commitment to their new era in the IndyCar Series," he said. "I am looking forward to meeting the crew and getting started with testing as soon as possible.

"I also want to thank Dragon Racing for their support over the last two seasons," he added. "I wish them the best of luck in the future."

"This is something we have been working towards for many months" added Sullivan. "I am ecstatic to sign Sebastien, a driver I expect will get it done for us throughout the season. This is the next step in building KVSH Racing into a team that competes for wins and championships every year. To that end you can expect further announcements in the near future."

Of his own new status as a full team co-owner going forward, Sullivan added: "I want to thank Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser for their hard work. The three of us are committed to taking the team to the next level."




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