Bourdais now in NASCAR link

Mon, 30 July 2007, 11:55

Sebastien Bourdais may call off his anticipated switch to Toro Rosso after another potential option for the 2008 season landed on his table.

It emerged last Friday that the multiple Champ Car title winner’s open wheeler team Newman-Haas would merge with Robert Yates Racing and race in NASCAR next year.

“(Newman-Haas) are seven-time Champ Car champions. They’re winners, they’re classy people and together with (their) engineering and marketing, we can make this work,” said Yates’ Racing Engines president Doug Yates.

Some sections of the American press, nonetheless aware that STR bosses have an option on Frenchman Bourdais that runs until Tuesday, speculate that the 28-year-old could be part of the deal.

Other sources say the rumour could be the result of the apparent turmoil in recent days at Faenza based Toro Rosso, with Bourdais possibly concerned that the team’s current drivers are involved in public slanging matches and even physical tussles as relationships with their bosses break down.

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