In the final race of the 2017 IndyCar season, Sebastien Bourdais returns to pilot the Mouser-sponsored No. 18 car through the 2.38-mile road course at Sonoma Raceway in California on September 17. Bourdais was sidelined for much of the season by injuries he sustained in day one of the qualifying round of the Indianapolis 500, but has made an inspiring recovery to finish out the season.
Bourdais was off to a great start this year, winning the opening race behind the wheel of the No. 18 car at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 12. Driver James Davison, called to fill in for the injured Bourdais, put in an exciting performance at the Indy 500, where he became the first driver since 1980 to lead the race after starting in last position.
“Molex is proud to team up with Mouser to sponsor the No. 18 car,” said Fred Bell, Vice President of Global Distribution for Molex. “Bourdais is a fantastic driver, and we’re very happy to see him back from his injuries.”
Esteban Gutierrez took over for Bourdais at the Detroit Grand Prix and then again at Wisconsin’s Road America track. Gutierrez put in valiant efforts in four subsequent races, including at the Iowa Corn 300, where he climbed into the top 10 before a yellow flag and pit stop slowed his momentum to grab an impressive 13th-place finish in his first IndyCar oval race.
Bourdais returned to the No. 18 car at the Bommarito Automotive Group 500, finishing in 10th place after leading laps 61–65. At the September 3 Grand Prix at the Glen, Bourdais got as high as sixth position but lost time after damaging the car’s front wing in an incident coming out of the pit in lap 45. After the repair, Bourdais managed to capture the fastest lap of the race, averaging 144.5 mph on lap 59.
“Mouser is proud to team up with Molex to support such a dedicated team,” said Todd McAtee, Mouser Electronics’ Vice President, Americas Business Development. “We’re glad to see Sebastien back behind the wheel, and we’re very impressed with the way Esteban stepped up. We’ve had a challenging but great year, and we look forward to watching Sebastien on the track in Sonoma.”
Mouser Electronics and valued supplier Molex sponsored the No. 18 car of Dale Coyne Racing team in this 22nd year of the Verizon IndyCar Series. Mouser first sponsored IndyCar racing in 2011 as an inventive way to communicate its performance-driven business model and promote the newest technologies and how they affect the high-tech world of IndyCar racing. The Mouser- and Molex-sponsored car won the Indianapolis 500 in 2013.
The GoPro Grand Prix Sonoma is the final race of the 2017 IndyCar season.