Conquest Racing has announced that it will enter a second car in the IZOD IndyCar Series for Belgian driver Bertrand Baguette, beginning with the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on April 11 through the remainder of the season.
Baguette, who won the World Series by Renault crown in 2009 and who tested for the Renault F1 team and BMW Sauber in Jerez last year, will carry the colours of the RACB - the Belgian motorsports governing body.
"I have always been attracted to racing in America," commented Baguette. "American open wheel has a rich heritage in competitive races and legendary drivers, and I couldn't be happier about following in their footsteps. Racing in the US is a fantastic opportunity for me, and I am excited about entering into this next step of my career.
"I am looking forward to the 15 races this year in the IndyCar series and I am thankful to the sponsors and for the support of the RACB National Team that have made this possible.
"I will carry the yellow colour of the Belgian National Team with dignity and pride, especially during the legendary Indianapolis 500. To run this race in front of 400,000 spectators will undoubtedly be a big moment of emotion for me as a driver and Belgian countryman. I will be counting on the experience of my new team owner, Eric Bachelart, to help me enter successfully into this new world of racing."
Eric Bachelart meanwhile is excited about the prospect of a Belgian driver in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Bachelart has watched the career of Baguette closely over the last several years and is optimistic about Baguette's ability to be successful this season.
"I am completely confident in the capacities of Bertrand to quickly adapt to the IZOD IndyCar Series car and the North America road and street circuits. I followed his 2009 season and was impressed by the excellent degree of competitiveness and maturity he showcased on his way to becoming Formula Renault 3.5 Champion," Bachelart added. "Because of his ability to adapt well to new formula, I am confident that he will also learn the art of oval track racing relatively quickly."
While he will not be racing until the Barber Motorsports event, Baguette will be attending the St. Petersburg Grand Prix this weekend to familiarise himself with the IZOD IndyCar Series, the cars and the team.
"I am really looking forward to becoming more familiar with him during the upcoming race in St. Petersburg," Bachelart continued. "It will be good for Bertrand to be able to attend an event, understand the communication between driver and team and get acclimated to IZOD IndyCar Series racing without the pressure of also having to learn the cars on the same weekend. This should make Bertrand's debut event at Barber Motorsports Park much smoother for him and for the team."