It’s not clear if Jay Penske will need a replacement for Bourdais at Dragon because it’s not known if Dragon will return to the IndyCar grid next season. He’s already announced he’ll field entries in the FIA Formula E championship next season, and Penske has not indicated if he’ll compete in IndyCar, as well.
Bourdais thanked Penske for supporting him the last two seasons.
Hinchcliffe, meanwhile, seemed close to locking down a deal before Saturday night’s season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.
Intent on not rushing into a decision and making his next contract the best for his long-term future, Hinchcliffe’s decision could be to return to Andretti Autosport. The team appears to have locked down the sponsorship needed to resign Hinchcliffe as current sponsor GoDaddy is likely headed out of IndyCar.
Andretti also could be poised to announce his 2014 manufacturer alliance this weekend, with all signs pointing to a switch to Honda.
The team owner was coy Wednesday on all fronts while announcing ABC Supply Co. as title sponsor of the Milwaukee IndyFest for the next two years.
“We’re getting close. We’ve got a few things to button up. I’m hoping we can make a few announcements this weekend,” Andretti said. When asked if Hinchcliffe would be on hand for those announcements, Andretti said: “I hope so. We’ll see. We’re working on it. We don’t have anything done yet, but we’re getting close on some things. That’s the goal, so we’ll see if we reach our goal or not.”
Hinchcliffe also had been in preliminary talks with Ganassi on a deal that would have allowed him to compete across all of Ganassi’s platforms, including sports cars and possibly even NASCAR’s Nationwide Series as a replacement to Kyle Larson in events Larson could not get to once he moves up to the Sprint Cup Series.
But with negotiations finally heating up with Andretti, staying put, especially if a potential move to Honda could pair the Canadian with Honda Canada, could be Hinchcliffe’s best bet.