Sebastien Bourdais to race full time in IMSA WeatherTech series in a Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi

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November 25, 2019 11:58 AM

Sebastien Bourdais to race full time in IMSA WeatherTech series in a Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi

Bourdais, now out of IndyCar, will partner with veteran Joao Barbosa in the No. 5 Cadillac DPi.

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Sebastien Bourdais and Joao Barbosa will team to drive the No. 5 Cadillac DPi in 2020.

Sebastien Bourdais, released last week from Dale Coyne Racing in the NTT IndyCar Series, is heading to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Bourdais, a four-time Champ Car champion, is set to pair with Joao Barbosa for a full-time ride in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R for 2020. Past 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Loic Duval will join the pair for the endurance races. Barbosa will be returning for a sixth year with the team.
The driver lineup is not the only change for the team, as JDC-Miller MotorSports has formed a partnership with Mustang Sampling LLC for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
Mustang Sampling Racing won the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship team and driver championships in 2015, the Michelin Endurance Cup in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2018.

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“We are honored to have Mustang Sampling joining us and grateful for the confidence Brenda and Ken Thompson have placed in our team and organization,” said John Church, managing partner of JDC-Miller MotorSports. “Mustang Sampling Racing has achieved a tremendous amount in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. We look forward to carrying on the legacy of the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing entry and hope to add more wins and championships in the near future.”
IMSA veteran Christian Fittipaldi remains with the team in an advisory role.
Bourdais has spent the past four seasons as an endurance driver with the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT program. He replaces Filipe Albuquerque in the No. 5. Albuquerque is moving to the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi.
“Following two very difficult weeks filled with uncertainty regarding my future, I am thrilled to get the opportunity to race a prototype again, be reunited with Joao, Ken and Brenda, and drive for JDC-Miller MotorSports and Mustang Sampling Racing,” Bourdais said. “I want to thank Christian and everyone who made this possible. 2020 can’t come soon enough, and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of our Cadillac DPi-V.R.”
The team has plans to run a second Cadillac DPi in the IMSA series, but drivers for that effort have not been announced.

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