IndyCar »

Tristan Vautier lands seat with Sam Schmidt

2012 Firestone Indy Lights champion Tristan Vautier will compete in this year' IZOD IndyCar Series championship with Sam Schmidt's team.
Tristan Vautier has succeeded in clinching a full-season race seat in the IZOD IndyCar Series championship, and will drive for the newly-named Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in 2013.

“I've been talking with team owner Sam Schmidt since the end of last season in Fontana, but I just found out late last week that it was actually going to happen,” said the reigning Firestone Indy Lights champion on Tuesday.

Sam Schmidt was equally delighted with the announcement. “We achieved success with Simon Pagenaud last season as a properly run single-car team, but I believe we'll be even better with two cars given the chemistry of the package and personnel we have put together for this program,” he said.

Schmidt has brought on board a new equity partner, Ric Peterson, which means that the former Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports team in 2012 will now be rechristened Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for the new season. Former IndyCar driver Davey Hamilton could still remain a co-owner of the team, although that is still to be confirmed.

"We absolutely, positively wouldn't be where we are today without Davey's involvement," confirmed Schmidt. "Davey's a good team owner to have because he shows no stress and pressure. It's enjoyable to have people who have confidence in me. It makes me want to do better."

Simon Pagenaud will also continue at the wheel of the team's #77 entry after securing the rookie of the year title in 2012, and was excited by the addition of his compatriot Vautier to the line-up.

“This is a big step for SPM's IndyCar program, which is great news because it shows our team is growing,” said Pagenaud. “Tristan has earned the right to move up, and the fact that he is also French is great! I'm really looking forward to working with him."

“You really need to run two cars to reap the benefits of two sets of data and vie for the championship at this level," explained Schmidt of the team's determination to expand to a two-car line-up in 2013.

“As a one-car team last year Simon was often on an island,” added SPM general manager Rob Edwards. “The addition of Tristan will allow Simon to have data and information that was not available in 2012.”

Vautier has already been working with the new SPM second car squad in winter tests at Sebring International Raceway.




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
23-24 March, 2012, St Petersburg, Florida USA. Tristan Vautier holds up the Sunoco Winner`s flag on the podium after winning the Indy Lights race at St Petersburg. (c) 2012, Phillip Abbott (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
22 March, 2012, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA. Tristan Vautier. (c) 2012, Michael L. Levitt. (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Sam Schmidt Motorsports` Tristan Vautier and Simon Pagenaud at Sebring International Raceway in December 2012. (Photo Credit: J. Hendrick for IndyCar Nedia)
Simon Pagenaud affixes the Verizon P1 Award emblem after winning the pole for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud gets ready for his qualifying run during qualifications for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud with a selfie with girlfriend Hailey after winning the pole for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud with the Verizon P1 Award Green Flag after winning the pole for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud celebrates after winning the pole for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud accepts the Verizon P1 Award after winning the pole for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud affixes the Verizon P1 Award emblem after winning the pole for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud on course during qualifications for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud on pit lane prior to qualifications for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud and Ryan Hunter-Reay go side-by-side during practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Penske Truck Rental Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, celebrates capturing the pole position during qualifying Friday, June 26, 2015, for Saturday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Penske Truck Rental Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, celebrates capturing the pole position during qualifying Friday, June 26, 2015, for Saturday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Penske Truck Rental Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, qualifies fastest Friday, June 26, 2015, capturing the pole position for Saturday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 PPG Avaya Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, qualifies second-fastest Saturday, June 13, 2015 for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race through the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, qualifies fastest Saturday, June 13, 2015 capturing the pole position for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race through the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Power will start in the front row with teammate Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Avaya Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2015 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.