Vautier working on open-wheel, sports car options

Vautier working on open-wheel, sports car options


Vautier working on open-wheel, sports car options


With the news of Mikhail Aleshin taking over the No. 55 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry for 2014, SPM’s Tristan Vautier is officially on the lookout for new opportunities in the IndyCar Series.

As RACER revealed last month, Vautier, the 2012 Firestone Indy Lights Series champion, would need to find significant backing to remain with the team. The rapid rookie carried support from a variety of sponsors, along with the financial advancement prize from IndyCar to secure his seat with SPM, but with that one-time payment having been used and the team in need of securing additional funding after losing sponsor Hewlett-Packard, the 24-year-old began searching for a new home immediately after the season finale at Fontana.

?At the moment, I’m having some discussions about racing in IndyCar,? Vautier told RACER. ?I feel like there’s unfinished business. I’m also talking to some sports car teams about doing the four endurance races, but depending on what happens in IndyCar, I might be looking to do the full [TUDOR Championship] schedule next year.?

The Frenchman showed flashes of pace and promise in 2013, qualifying inside the Firestone Fast 6 during the first two events, and hopes another IndyCar team will give him a chance to show how much he matured over his rookie season.

?I’m talking with some teams that might want to hire me ” no money is needed ” but I know it would be easier for decisions to get made if I had some budget to bring with me,? he continued. ?I know that I wasn’t to continue in IndyCar, but I don’t have a timeline for when something might happen.?

Vautier spent time this week talking to sports car teams at Daytona, and could have some movement there to have him in a car for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

?That is my goal; I like sports cars quite a lot and want to be racing there as much as I can,? he said. ?If I can do both (IndyCar and the TUDOR Championship), it would be perfect for me.?

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