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James Jakes

By Andrew Cutler
March 24 2011

As we close in on this weekend's IndyCar Series season opener, the last empty seats are finally being spoken for. Dale Coyne Racing announced yesterday that Englishman James Jakes will contest the full season in the #19 car, while Sebastien Bourdais will run a partial schedule in the #18 car.  

The 23 year-old Jakes has experince in Formula Renault and GP3, but had never sat in an IndyCar prior to last week's two day IndyCar open test sesson, at Barber Motorsports Park. Nonetheless, he quickly proved himself to the team. “We are very pleased that after a successful first outing for James in the 700 horsepower Dallara, that James will be joining us for the entire season in 2011,” team boss Dale Coyne told reporters. “With the program coming together late, his first test at a track he had never seen, in a car he had never driven with the entire field at his heels, showed his talents well.”

Former CCWS champ and F1 veteran Bourdais will pilot Coyne's other car in the nine road/street events of 2011, but commitments to the Peugeot squad in the Le Mans Series will prevent him from contesting the oval races. There was no word from Coyne concerning the rumor that Milka Duno will fill the seat for those events.

Also, Newman-Haas has announced that the deal to put veteran driver Oriol Seriva into a full-time ride has been signed. While he went without a ride last year, the Spainard has been a fixture in the CART/CCWS/IndyCar ranks from 2000-2009. Though he only has managed one victory (in CCWS in 2005), he has 34 other top-five finishes - including 11 trips to the podium - to his credit.

Newman-Haas also said that negotiations to put young Candian James Hinchcliffe into their second car for at least a partial 2011 campaign are still ongoing.

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