Ford Will Name Bourdais’ Le Mans Replacement Soon

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As Sebastien Bourdais recovers from his ugly crash during Indy 500 qualifying Ford is searching for a replacement to take the Frenchman’s place in during next month’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Bourdais’ crash fractured his hip and his pelvis, rendering him unfit to once again share driving duties with Joey Hand and Dirk Muller in the No.68 Ford GT as the trio aimed to defend their 2016 GTE-Pro class victory. The 38-year-old open wheel star has been an integral part of the program since its inception in 2015.

“Sebastien has been such an important part of our Ford GT program, helping us win at both Le Mans and Daytona,” Ford Performance director Dave Pericak told Sportscar365. “But, like any family member, our first concern is his health and we are relieved that he looks like he will be okay long-term after what was a terrible crash at Indianapolis. We wish him all the best in the days ahead as he starts his recovery.

“But, like any family member, our first concern is his health and we are relieved that he looks like he will be okay long-term after what was a terrible crash at Indianapolis. We wish him all the best in the days ahead as he starts his recovery.

“We will regroup with our Ganassi team to determine our lineup for Le Mans in the days ahead.”

It’s unclear when Ford will announce a replacement, but it will need to happen shortly given the proximity of the Le Mans Test Day on June 4th. It’s also unclear who Ford will nominate, both Tony Kanaan and Marino Franchitti have previous experience in the Ford GT.

Franchitti is unlikely as Ford decided to drop the Scotsman last year due to poor performance, while Kanaan has never been to Le Mans before.

It would be nice to see Scott Maxwell get the nomination as he was integral to the car’s development and also happens to be lightning fast around La Sarthe.