Tristan Vautier

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Tristan Vautier
Nationality France French
Born (1989-08-22) August 22, 1989 (age 25)
Saint-Martin-d'Hères (France)
2014 IndyCar Series
Debut season 2013
Current team Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Car no. 55
Starts 19
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 20th in 2013
Previous series
2012
20102011
2009
2009
2008
200709
2007
2006
Firestone Indy Lights
Star Mazda Championship
FIA Formula Two
Formula Palmer Audi
Formula Renault 2.0 WEC
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 France
Formula Renault Campus
Championship titles
2012
2011
Firestone Indy Lights
Star Mazda Championship

Tristan Vautier (born August 22, 1989 in Saint-Martin-d'Hères, Isère) is a French racing driver.

Racing career[edit]

Formula Renault[edit]

Vautier began his career in the French Formula Renault Campus series in 2006, where he finished runner-up.[1] He moved up to the main Championnat de France Formula Renault 2.0 series in 2007, finishing fourth, also competing in some events in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0.[1] In 2008 the French series was replaced by the West European Cup, in which Vautier finished sixth.[1]

Formula Palmer Audi[edit]

Vautier moved to the Formula Palmer Audi series in 2009, where he finished fourth with six victories.[2]

Formula Two[edit]

Vautier made his FIA Formula Two Championship debut at Circuit de Catalunya, in place of Edoardo Piscopo.[3] Vautier excelled in the pre-race tests and in the first race, where he finished third behind Andy Soucek and Mikhail Aleshin. He also finished in the points in the second race, finishing sixth. Those two results were enough to place him thirteenth overall in the championship standings.

Star Mazda[edit]

2010 saw Vautier move to the American Star Mazda Championship driving for Andersen Racing. Vautier won the season-opener at Sebring Raceway and then in June at New Jersey Motorsports Park. However, inconsistency saw him achieve only fifth in the final standings despite being the only driver other than champion Conor Daly to win more than one race. He has returned to the series in 2011, this time driving for JDC Motorsports. He won four races and finished every race in the top five, winning the championship over Connor De Phillippi by 25 points. With the title he wins a scholarship to move to Firestone Indy Lights in 2012 through the Road to Indy program.

Indy Lights[edit]

Vautier has signed with Sam Schmidt Motorsports to race in Firestone Indy Lights in 2012.[4] He won the pole in his first race on the Streets of St. Petersburg and took a flag-to-flag victory,[5] duplicating his Star Mazda feat from two years before by winning on debut. Another win on the Milwaukee Mile came in the midst of a remarkable run of 20 consecutive Top 5 finishes (including the final 2 Star Mazda events of 2010, and his championship season of 2011) in his Road to Indy career. The streak ended at Toronto when a first-lap collision put him out of the race for the first time in an open wheel car in nearly two years.

Vautier clinched the 2012 Firestone Indy Lights championship by eight points over Esteban Guerrieri.[6] Winning a partial scholarship to compete in the IndyCar Series in 2013 through the Road to Indy program.

IndyCar[edit]

Vautier signed to compete in the 2013 IndyCar Series season for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.[7] He is the first driver to be champion of two rungs of the Road to Indy ladder and move onto the IndyCar Series. Vautier finished 20th in points with a best finish of tenth in the second race of the season at Barber Motorsports Park. By virtue of being the only full-time rookie competitor, Vautier won rookie of the year honors. He finished sixteenth in his first Indianapolis 500 race.

Racing record[edit]

Complete Formula Two results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
2009 38 VAL
1

VAL
2

BRN
1

BRN
2

SPA
1

SPA
2

BRH
1

BRH
2

DON
1

DON
2

OSC
1

OSC
2

IMO
1

IMO
2

CAT
1

3
CAT
2

6
13th 9

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

Star Mazda Championship[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Rank Points
2010 Andersen Racing SEB
1
STP
9
LAG
15
IND
6
IOW
8
NJ1
6
NJ2
1
ACC1
23
ACC2
2
TRO
11
ROA
13
MOS
4
ATL
5
5th 400
2011 JDC Motorsports STP
3
BAR
1
IND
4
MIL
4
IOW
4
MOS
5
TRO1
1
TRO2
3
SON
1
BAL
1
LAG
5
1st 426

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2012 Sam Schmidt Motorsports STP
1
ALA
2
LBH
3
INDY
3
DET
5
MIL
1
IOW
4
TOR
11
EDM
6
TRO
1
BAL
1
FON
4
1st 461

IndyCar Series[edit]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2013 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton HP Motorsports Dallara DW12 Honda STP
21
ALA
10
LBH
17
SAO
16
INDY
16
DET1
11
DET2
14
TXS
18
MIL
21
IOW
13
POC
19
TOR1
19
TOR2
16
MDO
21
SNM
12
BAL
11
HOU1
22
HOU2
11
FON
21
20th 266
* Season still in progress

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2013 Dallara Honda 28 16 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Career statistics at Driver Database". Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  2. ^ "Tristan Vautier". Formula Palmer Audi. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  3. ^ "Tristan Vautier to replace Edoardo Piscopo for Barcelona". FIA Formula Two Championship. 2009-10-23. Retrieved 2009-10-31. 
  4. ^ Vautier joins Schmidt for 2012 Indy Lights season, Racer, November 18, 2011, Retrieved 2012-03-24
  5. ^ Vautier wins from pole in series debut at St. Pete, IndyCar, March 24, 2012, Retrieved 2012-03-24
  6. ^ Lewandowski, Dave (September 15, 2012). "Vautier claims championship by 8 points over Guerrieri". IndyCar.com. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  7. ^ Tristan Vautier makes the jump to IndyCar, Autoweek, January 29, 2013, Retrieved 2013-01-29

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Josef Newgarden
Indy Lights Champion
2012
Succeeded by
Sage Karam
Preceded by
Conor Daly
Star Mazda Championship Champion
2011
Succeeded by
Jack Hawksworth
Preceded by
Simon Pagenaud
IndyCar Series
Rookie of the Year

2013
Succeeded by
Carlos Muñoz