From 2004 through 2007, Sebastien Bourdais was the driver to beat in the IndyCar series. Driving for then-powerhouse Newman Haas, Bourdais racked up four series championships before being lured into F1. Few people doubted that Bourdais would succeed in F1, as the French driver had experience racing everything from an open-wheel formula car through sports cars and Le Mans prototypes. His transition to the F1 circus proved difficult, and Bourdais lasted less than two seasons with Scuderia Toro Rosso before being cut in favor of Jaime Alguesuari. For a driver used to winning championships, being cut for non-performance must have been a crushing blow.
Bourdais spent the 2010 season racing Le Mans prototypes and V8 Supercars. Now comes word that Bourdais is looking to return to IndyCar for the 2011 season, and has successfully tested with Dale Coyne Racing at Sebring. Coyne has a knack for finding both up-and-coming drivers and those looking to return to IndyCar. In many ways, Dale Coyne Racing would be a good fit for Bourdais, who’s proven that he can win when supplied with the best of equipment. Since Dale Coyne Racing doesn’t have the budget of IndyCar’s “A List” teams, what better way is there for Bourdais to redeem himself than by winning races for Dale Coyne? Personally, I’d like to see that happen.