Bourdais secures Newman/Haas drive

Reigning Formula 3000 champion Sebastien Bourdais has signed to race for the Newman/Haas team in this year's Champ Car World Series

Bourdais secures Newman/Haas drive

The Frenchman has already completed several tests with the squad, which won the championship last year with Cristiano da Matta. He will line up alongside Bruno Junqueira in the team.

"To move to a new series is exciting but to do it with a team that won the championship the previous season is the best opportunity to succeed," said Bourdais. "Since the first test, I have felt comfortable with the team and with Bruno and it can only improve as we spend more time together. I am excited about being a driver for Newman/Haas Racing."

Team co-owner Carl Haas said: "Paul [Newman, co-owner] and I are very pleased to welcome Sebastien to our team. From the first test with Sebastien, he has shown that he can work well in our environment. We believe that Bruno and Sebastien have the ability to win many races and fight for another championship."

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