Birthdate: Feb. 28, 1979
Hometown: Le Mans, France
Residence: St. Petersburg, Fla.
Children: Emma and Alex
Sebastien through the years...
1999_Formula3-won French F3 Title
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Personal Notes: An avid cyclist and runner who takes advantage of his home in Florida to stay in shape year-round. His father, Patrick, was also a race car driver and competed in European Touring cars and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in their hometown.
First Start: 2/23/2003 (St. Petersburg)
First Win: 5/5/2003 (Brands Hatch)
Most Recent Win: 3/11/2018 (St. Petersburg)
First Pole: 2/22/2003 (St. Petersburg)
Most Recent Pole: 4/7/2018 (ISM Raceway)
Best Points Finish: 1st (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, Champ Car)
• Only Indy car driver to win four consecutive championships (2004-2007 in Champ Car).
• Ranks sixth on Indy car career victory list with 37 wins.
• Ranks seventh in career poles with 24 and has won race from the pole 18 times, third on the all-time list.
• Helped Ford Chip Ganassi Racing win the GTE Class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in Ford’s return in 2016 and the GT Le Mans class at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2017. Had finished second overall in 24 Hours three times with Team Peugeot.
• Has overall (2014) and class (2017) wins at Rolex 24 At Daytona. Has also won the overall 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans.
• Drove two seasons in Formula One (2008-2009) with Toro Rosso.
2020: Debuted with AJ Foyt Racing at Harvest Grand Prix; drove three IndyCar races in partial schedule. His fourth place finish in season finale in St. Petersburg secured team’s berth in the 2021 Leader’s Circle. Named to drive No. 14 Chevrolet full-time in 2021.
2019: Finished 11th in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES Championship for Dale Coyne Racing, with two top-five and nine top-ten finishes. His best start was second at World Wide Technology Raceway and best finish was third at Barber Motorsports Park. Led 19 laps across six races.
2018: Finished seventh in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES for Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan, winning the season-opening race at St. Petersburg for the second consecutive season. Won first pole since 2014 when he won NTT P1 Award at ISM Raceway. Had five top-five finishes, including a podium at Portland.
2017: Finished 21st in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES for Dale Coyne Racing, winning the season-opening race at St. Petersburg after starting 21st in the race. Competed in only eight races after missing nine races due to injuries sustained in Indianapolis 500 qualifying crash. Led an Indy car championship for the first time since he won the Champ Car title in 2007. Had five top-10 finishes, including a second-place at Long Beach.
Teamed with Joey Hand and Dirk Muller to win GT Le Mans class in a Ford GT for Ford Chip Ganassi at Rolex 24 At Daytona. Also competed with Hand and Muller in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Petit Le Mans.
2016: Finished 14th in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES for KVSH Racing, scoring a win at Belle Isle for the second consecutive season with a win in the first race of the doubleheader event.
Teamed with Joey Hand and Dirk Muller to win GTE-Pro class in a Ford GT for Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA at 24 Hours of Le Mans. Also competed with Hand and Muller in endurance races in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with best finish of second at Petit Le Mans.
2015: Scored a pair of wins at Belle Isle-2 and Milwaukee, marking his first multi-win Indy car campaign since his championship-winning season in 2007. Finished 10th in NTT INDYCAR SERIES point standings for the second consecutive season for KVSH Racing.
Raced again with Action Express Racing and teammates Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa and won the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans. Finished second at the Rolex 24 At Daytona for Action Express. Finished ninth in Bathurst 1000 for Charlie Schwerkolt Racing.
2014: Won for the first time since his return to Indy car racing when he captured the pole and took the checkered flag in the first race of the Toronto doubleheader. Won the pole and finished second at Mid-Ohio and collected top-five finishes on the Indianapolis road course and both races at Houston. Finished 10th in NTT INDYCAR SERIES point standings for KVSH Racing, his best showing in Indy cars since he won the 2007 Champ Car title.
Teamed with Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa in Action Express Racing Chevrolet Corvette to win Rolex 24 At Daytona.
2013: Finished 12th for Dragon Racing with a best finish of second at Toronto-1. Recorded podium finishes at Toronto-2 and Baltimore. Had four top-five and six top-10 finishes.
Competed in Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series races for Starworks and 8Star Motorsports with best finish of fifth at Laguna Seca and Lime Rock.
2012: Made 11 starts for Dragon Racing with best finish of fourth at Mid-Ohio. Finished ninth at Barber to record only top-10 finish by a Lotus-powered car. Qualified for Firestone Fast Six three times (Toronto, Sonoma and Baltimore).
Competed in Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series events for Starworks, teaming with Alex Popow to win at Indianapolis. Won Dan Wheldon Memorial Trophy as highest-finishing international driver at Gold Coast 600 at Surfers Paradise.
2011: Competed in nine NTT INDYCAR SERIES races for Dale Coyne Racing with a best finish of sixth four times…Recorded five top 10s. Had a best starting spot of fifth at Baltimore.
Competed in endurance racing events for Peugeot, winning three times in Intercontinental Le Mans Cup competition and finishing second at 24 Hours of Le Mans for the third time. Won Dan Wheldon Memorial Trophy as highest-finishing international driver at Gold Coast 600 at Surfers Paradise.
2010: Competed in SuperLeague Formula for Olympique Lyonnais, scoring a win at Silverstone 2. Made three starts for Team Peugeot Total in endurance sports car races at Le Mans (won pole), Sebring (finished second overall) and Spa-Francorchamps (pole and race win). Competed in Rolex 24 at Daytona and as International Guest Driver in V8 SuperCars round at Surfers Paradise.
2009: Finished 19th in Formula One World Championship for Scuderia Toro Rosso, scoring two points in nine starts. Competed in eight SuperLeague Formula events for Sevilla FC with two wins, one pole and six podium finishes to finish ninth in the championship. Made two starts for Team Peugeot Total, scoring podium finishes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and 12 Hours of Sebring.
2008: Finished 17th in the Formula One World Championship for Scuderia Toro Rosso with best finish of seventh at Australia and Belgium.
2007: Won fourth consecutive Champ Car World Series title for Newman/Haas Racing with eight wins and six pole positions in 14 starts. Won three straight races at Long Beach, Houston and Portland. Won at Edmonton, Zolder, Road America, Surfers Paradise and Mexico City.
2006: Won third consecutive Champ Car title for Newman/Haas Racing with seven wins, including four straight to start the season. Won at Long Beach, Houston, Monterrey, Milwaukee, San Jose, Montreal and Mexico City.
2005: Repeated as Champ Car champion for Newman/Haas Racing with six victories.
Won Crown Royal International Race of Champions event at Texas Motor Speedway. Competed in Rolex 24 at Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring.
2004: Won Champ Car World Series championship for Newman/Haas Racing with seven wins (Monterrey, Portland, Cleveland, Toronto, Denver, Las Vegas, Mexico City), eight pole positions and 10 podium finishes in 14 races. Competed in Indianapolis 500 for Newman/Haas Racing, finishing 12th after late-race contact.
Finished third with co-driver Rod Millen in the SCORE Tecate Baja 1000. Competed in 24 Hours of Le Mans and Race of Champions.
2003: Finished fourth and named Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year in Champ Car World Series for Newman/Haas Racing with three victories (Brands Hatch, Lausitzring, Cleveland), five pole positions and seven podium finishes. Became the first rookie to win Greg Moore Legacy Award. Became first rookie in series history to lead the first lap of his first Champ Car start and first driver in series history to win from pole in his oval racing debut.
2002: Won FIA International F3000 championship for Team Super Nova Racing with three wins (Imola, Monaco, Nurburgring) and six pole positions. Finished second in FIA Sport Championship for Team Pescarolo Sport with two wins and one pole position. Finished 10th in 24 Hours of Le Mans and won 24 Hours of Spa.
2001: Finished fourth in FIA International F3000 championship for Team DAMS with one win (Silverstone). Competed in both 24 Hours of Le Mans and 12 Hours of Sebring.
2000: Finished ninth in FIA International F3000 championship for Prost Junior team with best finish of second at Magny-Cours in France. Finished fourth in 24 Hours of Le Mans.
1999: Won French Formula 3 championship for Team La Filiere, with eight wins and three pole positions in 17 events.
1998: Finished sixth as rookie in French Formula 3 championship for Team La Filiere, with best finish of third.
1997: Finished second in French Formula Renault championship for Team La Filiere, with four wins, five pole positions and 11 podium finishes in 16 races.
1996: Finished third in French Formula Renault championship for Team La Filiere, with best finish of third…Won 24 Hours of Le Mans karting race with co-drivers Besnault, Burriault and Le Ficheant.
1995: Finished ninth in French Formula Campus championship for Team La Filiere, with best finish of second.
1991-94: Competed in kart racing, winning the Maine Bretagne League.
UP CLOSE & PERSONAL
Favorite hobbies: Cycling, rock climbing, kayaking
Favorite music: Alt rock
Favorite book: The next one I will read
Favorite color: Blue
Favorite vacation spot: The national parks in the west. Still a few to discover.
Favorite food: Thai
Favorite drink: Beers
Favorite dessert: Pears/Choco crumble
Favorite actor: Paul Newman
Favorite TV sport to watch: Golf
Favorite Tracks: Mid-Ohio and Road America. For their flow and unforgiving nature.
Favorite present ever: Go-kart
Favorite season (besides ‘racing season’): Florida winter
Something you do before every race: Sure you want to know the answer?
Quality you value most in others: Honesty
What you'd be if you weren't a race driver: An engineer
How you got started in racing: Karting
How you relax at the race track: Chill in the RV
How you spend your spare time: Golfing, taking the family out on the boat
Greatest fear: Losing a close one
Most proud accomplishment: Marrying Claire and having our kids. Winning a couple championships too...
Best advice your mother ever gave you: Perseverance
Greatest influence on/in your life: My Dad
What you like most about yourself: I'm a perfectionist
Most thrilling experience in a race car: The almost perfect lap in qualify.